cover image Fallingwater


Edited by Lynda Waggoner, photography by Christopher Little. Rizzoli, $60 (328p) ISBN 978-0-8478-3599-7

Conceptualized in 1935 as a weekend home for Edgar and Liliane Kaufmann, Fallingwater is arguably one of Frank Lloyd Wright's most iconic creations. This impressive volume celebrates the seventy-fifth anniversary of the seminal structure, including renovations undergone in order to preserve the infamous territory. Waggoner, vice president of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy and director of Fallingwater, along with photographer Christopher Little, begin with a tour of the property, leading down the long, wooded lane before turning a bend where the house first appears through the trees. Readers are gently guided through the house, with many rooms shot from multiple angles adding to a sense of scale. Vignettes and images of the structure through the seasons remind readers that this was a home before it became an architectural landmark. The latter half of the book is dedicated to the story of the Kaufmanns and their relationship with Wright; essays on the home's interior design elements and landscaping give readers an even greater appreciation for Wright's accomplishment and vision. Both informative and aesthetically pleasing, this definitive work will be well appreciated, whether it sits on a shelf or a coffee table. (June)