"Who is your favourite architect, and do you even know more than one?" asks our guide during a tour of Frank Lloyd Wright's winter home in Scottsdale Arizona called Taliesin West. While it's true that most people including myself can't name many architects other than maybe Frank Gehry and Antoni Gaudi, it does not diminish our admiration of Frank Lloyd Wright. Rich and I first saw his work in Oak Park, Chicago where we visited the homes that he built for his mother and first wife. It was clear that Wright was a genius and visionary way ahead of his time, especially when looking at the homes that he built side by side with the traditional Victorian houses of the time. His work from the 1890s still look modern today, and must have looked like something from outer space to the people of his time. It was also clear from that tour that he was an egotist and control freak, designing not only the architecture, but the interior finishings and furniture, and even his wife's clothes!
Wright's bedroom featured both a napping bed and a sleeping bed since he felt these were totally different functions. The napping bed was exposed to the library portion of the room, while the sleeping bed was tucked away behind a screen against a wall.