2014

The Glass House

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Without walls, Glass managed to prop his treasured Nicolas Poussin painting from 1648 atop a custom built stand.

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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.

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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."

Thank you for reading.

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  • images: Taylor Pemberton
  • images: Neal Patel

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