FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT ROBIE HOUSE
From a combination of current photographs, and historical photographs taken in 1909, Filtre Studio created a series of images that show the Robie House dining room during various stages of the restoration process, from where it was when Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust acquired the house to where it will be, fully restored, a year in the future.
They were about midway through the restoration, so we had to “deconstruct” the room to show the bare, beginning stage. We digitally removed the custom rug, replacing it with a separately photographed oak floor. The wall finishes were removed along with a built-in buffet that had already been restored. Then, we recreated the stages in between, adding back in the wall finishes, rug, buffet and missing woodwork. Next, all of the furniture and light fixtures were digitally added to show a fully “restored” dining room.
The finished series of images was then animated, and featured on the Robie House web site. The site won a Webby Award in the cultural institutions category.
Client: Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust
Photographer: James Caulfield, Chicago.
Many reference shots, paint and textile samples, and historical reference photographs were used to ensure accuracy. The original Frank Lloyd Wright dining table was photographed at Smart Museum of Art | The University of Chicago. It was then taken apart digitally, and put together at the correct perspective. Even the light pattern from the wall sconces was reproduced.
1909 wool samples from original rugs.