Designed by Philip Johnson, built in 1948, just an hour north of New York City in New Canaan, Connecticut, the Glass House is a landmark architectural achievement. A house without walls, the beautiful country views swallow up every sightline. Sometimes the best design is to let mother nature do the design. Our photo story and observation begins…
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The fog seen here is a recent exhibition by Fujiko Nakaya, as part of a broader series of exhibitions intended to bring some experimental energy to the property. Oscillating on and off every 15 minutes, the fog encompasses the Glass House, offering temporary reprieve for a house without cover.
The kitchen, dining and sleeping areas are all enclosed in one glass room - spanning 56' (L) x 32' (W) x 11' (H). Here, the kitchen combines walnut surfaces and steel hardware to bring together an open corner that was often used for entertaining with friends, new and old.
Philip Johnson's bed is a firm, horsehair-stuffed mattress from Charles H. Beckley Inc. Interestingly enough, this bed is particularly small and oddly proportioned compared to traditional mattresses and carries minimal weight with no headboard or pillows.
The Barcelona Daybed was designed specifically for Philip Johnson by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe in 1930. The low profile of the daybed leaves the view uninterrupted.
Without walls, Glass managed to prop his treasured Nicolas Poussin painting from 1648 atop a custom built stand.
This rock wall sits at the entrance to the Glass House. Deliberately designed just above head level - as a way to obscure the view until just the right moment.
Philip Johnson's Glass House is a true spectacle of modern architecture, planning, juxtaposition, reflection, and living.
Our closing words are of Glass's that ring true - "Pick very few objects and place them exactly."
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