The SC Johnson Gallery: At Home with Frank Lloyd Wright
is the result of a July 2011 agreement between SC Johnson and the Frank
Lloyd Wright Foundation for a long-term loan of a collection of Wright
The agreement was the newest chapter in a relationship that
started more than 70 years ago. The Gallery
showcases a rotating selection of Wright’s designs and artifacts and
explores the legendary architect’s influence on families and the
“Building Relationships: Wright, Johnson and the SC Johnson Campus”
The Gallery's current exhibit is showcasing rare Frank Lloyd Wright artifacts and furniture, and art inspired by his designs. The exhibit explores how Wright’s work influenced other famous architects and features models of local landmarks. One of the featured Wright designs is the famed chair with three legs that has been “exploded” to show the design. The chair was specially designed for SC Johnson, and Wright lobbied hard to gain acceptance of the three-legged chair, arguing that if a person had proper posture the chair functioned correctly. Wright eventually approved the SC Johnson chair design with four legs.
Exploring Wright's Influence
Rather than simply reflecting one period of Wright’s work, The SC Johnson Gallery: At Home with Frank Lloyd Wright
has explored Wright’s influence on the home throughout his career – from Wright’s American System-Built pre-cut housing venture of 1917 to his reinvention of the American home in 1940.
The collection has also featured artifacts from the mid-1950s, when his work reached legendary scale. Most recently, it displayed the renowned Wasmuth Portfolio, featuring nearly 50 rarely seen framed lithographs and treasured artifacts of Wright’s most famous work.
A Unique Gift Shop
Along with The Gallery, SC Johnson offers The Lily Pad, a unique gift shop featuring exclusive SC Johnson memorabilia and brand gift merchandise, as well as Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired items. The Lily Pad is open in conjunction with all tours.
The Lily Pad's name is a reference to the Administration Building Great Workroom’s focal point, the dendriform columns. Because of their unique design, these columns are also called mushrooms, golf tees or lily pads.