The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation has partnered with Southern California building materials company Eso Surfaces to create iconic textile blocks and 3D cement tiles from the Frank Lloyd Wright archive.
We took the concrete block and made it live as a thing of beauty, textured like the trees among which it stood.”
– Frank Lloyd Wright
Cement textile blocks and 3-dimensional tiles are inspired by the patterns created by Wright for his iconic textile block homes including Ennis, Millard, Storer, and more.
Among the initial offerings is the Ennis House 3D Cement Tile.
The Ennis House is a worldwide architectural landmark.
Historical photo of the Ennis House entrance
Another standout from Eso’s initial launch is the Ablin Textile Block. A uniquely shaped concrete block that can be made into walls allowing light and breeze to flow freely. This marks the first time a design from the Ablin House in Bakersfield, CA has been licensed for development as a consumer product.
In the first part of the 20th Century, Wright worked with molded concrete tiles and blocks to create structurally innovative buildings. Using patterned molds allowed Wright to incorporate forms and patterns that gave rich life to a humble, affordable material.
"Eso’s stunning interpretations of Wright’s work are executed to the highest quality standards so designers, architects, and homeowners can be inspired to bring this rich legacy into homes, offices, and landscapes.”
– Stuart Graff, Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation CEO
Press release and photos ©FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT FOUNDATION
Eso’s Textile Blocks and 3D Cement Tiles available at the Frank Lloyd Wright Store