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Office Holiday Cards by Kristopher Conner

Organic architects, historically, are lovers of the holiday season, and we are no exception. There is a tradition here at Conner & Perry that, it is said, goes back to Frank Lloyd Wright’s office. Duncan Nicholson would custom design a Christmas card for his office every year, and as he told us, it was a tradition he adopted from John Lautner. He said Lautner, who had continued the practice from his days with Wright, would have an inner-office competition to see who would design the official holiday greeting card for that year and the winning design would be printed and distributed to clients, family, friends, and collaborators to spread the Christmas spirit.

2012 Holiday card for Nicholson Architects, hand cut construction paper by Duncan Nicholson.

2012 Holiday card for Nicholson Architects, hand cut construction paper by Duncan Nicholson.

This year our competition boiled down to three finalist. The first entry is an intricate snowflake themed geometric pattern based on a dia-grid developed by founding partner James Perry. The pattern depicts the ice crystals in plan and section.

Design by James Perry,, Copyright Conner & Perry Architects, Inc. 2018

Design by James Perry,, Copyright Conner & Perry Architects, Inc. 2018

The second design, by project architect Frank Palomares, is a bold graphic manipulation of a classic Christmas scene.

Design by Frank Palomares, Copyright Conner & Perry Architects, Inc. 2018

Design by Frank Palomares, Copyright Conner & Perry Architects, Inc. 2018

The third, and final selected design, is a collaboration between founding partner Kristopher Conner and project architect Ryan Bautista. It features a geometric tiled pattern in the background that is based on a design developed while James and Kris worked for Duncan Nicholson. The composition is layered with a snowflake graphic and each side follows an inverted gradient that graphically emphasizes the text.

Design by Kristopher Conner and Ryan Bautista, Copyright Conner & Perry Architects, Inc. 2018

Design by Kristopher Conner and Ryan Bautista, Copyright Conner & Perry Architects, Inc. 2018

Conner & Perry would like to wish everyone a happy holiday season. Our office will be closed from December 24 until January 2. We look forward to making more beautiful architecture in the coming year!