It's practically impossible to ignore Frank Lloyd Wright's influences on modern architecture. The residential projects he designed were breathtaking.
Simplicity of design. A unity with nature and the conformity of the building to its lot. Natural light. Beautiful woodwork. Elegant stained glass. Organic design.
The list of superlatives, innovations, and refreshing architectural insights would extend a mile, but we'll let this video of Fallingwater, one of his most famous homes, tell a more complete story of why we admire this designer so much.
The Canadian-born Japanese product designer believes in the importance of encountering "small surprises" in our surroundings ... and he also believes the products that his Nendo design company creates should have a strong sense of storytelling. In this video you'll hear Oki Sato discuss his design philosophy as it relates to his intriguing reflective pond table (top photo).
Other surprising, story-filled products from Mr. Sato's Nendo operation: