Prairie Style Sconce - Frank Lloyd Wright

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Project by Randy Price posted 09-07-2009 01:07 AM 15561 views 55 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a sconce I built based on a design by Frank Lloyd Wright for the Francis W. Little residence in Wayzata, MN. The house has been demolished but the living room containing four of the sconces exists in the The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

My version is made of walnut with rice paper shades and is 32” tall and 7” wide.

There was a question about the plans for this sconce so I wanted to add the plans source -

I built the lamp from plans available at Prairie Designs of California. Here’s the link:

It is the Classic Prairie Wall Lamp Item # L2

Also I made a modification to the joinery in the scone; it is explained in a blog post /video at:


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#1 posted 09-07-2009 01:11 AM

Great job looks fantastic


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#2 posted 09-07-2009 01:13 AM

That is a beautiful design and you carried it out exquisitely…I am a big fan of FLW’s style. I used to visit some of the buildings in Az that he designed….He also was said to have had a very good sense of humor….they say the ASU stadium looks like a toilet from the air….(per his intended design).

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#3 posted 09-07-2009 03:52 AM

This is a beautiful lamp.

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#4 posted 09-07-2009 04:17 AM

Wow! Beautiful sconce. Great build and a wonderful finish.

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#5 posted 09-07-2009 06:25 AM

A build to be proud of. Looks truly wonderful.

-- Turning perfectly good wood into sawdust and kindling since 1990.

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#6 posted 09-07-2009 07:18 AM

Looks great!! You need an electrician to put a plug up behind it ;-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#7 posted 09-07-2009 11:15 AM

Simply elegant and flawless craftsmanship. Some people are just born to be woodworkers and I think you must be one of them.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#8 posted 09-07-2009 01:32 PM

Great lamp. I checked out your website and you do some really nice FLW lighting.
Thanks for posting.


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#9 posted 09-07-2009 04:36 PM

Really beautiful. Nice Job!!!

-- The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools. Confucius, 经过艰苦的努力的梦想可以成真

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#10 posted 09-08-2009 06:17 PM

I added this one to my favourites. A pair of them would make great bedside lamps.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#11 posted 11-20-2009 09:42 PM

Great lamp

-- "All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then Success is sure." Mark Twain

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#12 posted 02-17-2015 05:12 AM

Beautiful work, Randy… did you figure out the plans for making them . i take it you saw them in person at the museum and took dimensions. I’d like to try making a few myself. Any advice?

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#13 posted 02-19-2015 01:21 AM

Hi DoublJ -

Thanks – I built the lamp from plans available at Prairie Designs of California. Here’s the link:

It is the Classic Prairie Wall Lamp Item # L2




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#14 posted 09-25-2016 04:17 PM

I tried to go to the link and got error messages. So sad, I was really intrigued by this. I’d love to try and re-create such a beautiful piece of work. Congratulations Randy on doing something to beautiful.

Second thought – how could anyone in their right mind demolish a Frank Lloyd Wright home?

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#15 posted 09-27-2016 12:31 AM

I was just in contact with the owner of Prairie Designs and he is still in business – just have a problem with his web site. I think in a few days his site should be back up.


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