Thursday, June 19, 2014
The Farnsworth House: A Modernist Jewel Box@ Home
Hello and welcome to Friendly Friday! Today we are visiting the Farnsworth House, a gorgeous modern jewel box designed by Mies Van Der Rohe as a country retreat for his client, Dr. Edith Farnsworth. A 1400-square-foot, one-room house on a 60-acre plot in Plano, Illinois, it was completed in 1951 and has been named a National Historic Landmark. The idea of the glass house was pioneered by Mies van der Rohe, who is known, along with Frank Lloyd Wright and Le Corbusier, as one of the fathers of modern architecture. I also love the famous quotes "less is more" and "God is in the details", which are attributed to Mies.
I typically do not like modern design or architecture, but I always make exceptions for the truly beautiful. Farnsworth House is a shining example of the magnificence of modernist ideals when executed to perfection. All photos are by Lee F. Mindel for Architectural Digest. Before photographing Farnsworth House, Mr. Mindel had poured over plans and previous photos, yet he said, "[t]he actual physical experience of walking through the property and spending several hours in the building moved me to tears."
Enjoy this lovely home!
See you next Friday!