When HOUSE BEAUTIFUL magazine's editorial offices were still on
Madison Avenue, I met Frank Lloyd Wright in the elevator with Elizabeth Gordon,
Editor-in-Chief. They were working on a story about his furniture designs, but
that morning he was on another subject. When we got off on the fifth floor, he
concluded his idea. All of the buildings on
We met briefly next in
I was serving on the Good Design Selection Committee of the New York Museum of Modem Art permanently chaired by Edgar Kaufmann, Jr. He told an amusing story about Wright who had designed a house for his parents, which they had named Falling Water.
At the Kaufmann's first dinner party, a rather grand affair, Wright was the guest of honor. It was raining heavily that evening, and water started dripping onto the dining table.
Obviously disturbed, Mrs. Kaufmann turned and asked, "Mr. Wright, what are we going to do about this?"
He replied, "Mrs. Kaufmann, I suggest we move the table."
Falling Water, indeed.