An Architect Named Angelo

Another coffee shop adventure…

Recently my husband and I visited a coffee shop in a little town I love. We sat in the corner in the small seating area. Another customer came and set his book on the table (so close that we could have touched it- the cafe really is small!) and went to get his coffee. We both read the title Frank Lloyd Wright, and instantly looked at each other and smiled.

Frank Lloyd Wright was a creative and prolific architect in the late 1800s and early 1900s  who liked to design one-of-a-kind buildings that used natural materials, and blended into the landscape. He developed the Prairie style of architecture and is most well known for a residence called Fallingwater, a home which is built over a waterfall.

My husband and I had visited the Wright-designed Meyer May House in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and had delighted in the out-of-the-box ingenuity that Wright displayed. We have been fascinated with the work of this man to this day, and that’s why our eyes lit up when we saw this book on the neighbouring table.

When the owner of the book sat down with his coffee, we engaged in a conversation about Wright, and the book-owner’s passion for Wright architecture. Lingering in the midst of the tutorial on Wright was conversation on work and doing what one loves, and about faith and religion. We learned that this man’s name is Angelo, and that he is an architect, and that he is designing a bed and breakfast home for relatives in Japan.

Wright himself lived in Japan for part of his life, in the early 1900s, designing many buildings in and around the Tokyo area. He thought Japan was one of the most beautiful places on earth, and when you look at some of his designs in North America, you can see Japanese influences.

Which leads me to be  thinking about Angelo and his family in this week of disaster in Japan. I wonder if Angelo’s family members are okay. I wonder if Angelo will be able to build this house that he was so happy to be working on. I wonder if he can be an influence for change and growth, much like his admired architect. I wish him all the best.

To check out the Meyer May house, go here:

http://meyermayhouse.steelcase.com/

To learn more about Frank Lloyd Wright in Japan, go here:

http://www.wrightinjapan.org/index.html

Meyer May House Grand Rapids, Michigan

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