Tuesday, September 16

Bargain Book

The Glass House published by Assouline is available from Amazon for $12.32. The Philip Johnson Glass House was built in 1949 and is considered one of America’s iconic modernist structures. Over the course of nearly 50 years, Philip Johnson and David Whitney’s 47 acre site in New Canaan, CT, became a canvas for their innovation in the fields of architecture, art and landscape design.

The Glass House, which Johnson bequeathed to The National Trust opened to the public in the fall of 2007. The book serves as a virtual visit of the house as well as a celebration of one of modern architecture’s most famous creations.

The basic concept for Johnson's glass house was borrowed from Mies van der Rohe, who was designing the glass-and-steel Farnsworth House during the same period. Unlike the Farnsworth House, however, Johnson's home is symmetrical and sits solidly on the ground.

Andy Warhol looking through the glass. The interior space is divided by low walnut cabinets and a brick cylinder which contains the bathroom.

Andy Warhol, David Whitney, Philip Johnson, Dr. John Dalton, and Robert A. M. Stern in the Glass House in 1964. Photo by David McCabe

20 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thank you for posting this. I had the pleasure of visiting The Glass House in May and it was fabulous. The tours are very popular and sell out for the year very quickly. This book looks like the next best thing!

vicki archer said...

I look forward to ordering a copy of that book - my husband would love The Glass House as Mies Van de Rohe is his absolute hero. Great post.

ALL THE BEST said...

I do hope to see it in person very soon. I have heard that it sells out very quickly!

ALL THE BEST said...

Enjoy the book Vicki!!

Anonymous said...

Love those last 2 photos!

Mel said...

that's my town in CT!

ALL THE BEST said...

Oh course Mel! I forgot!!

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

Such an amazing structure.

Mary-Laure said...

What a bargain!
That house is modernism at its best, I love it.

Piper Jacquelyn said...

I would love to see it in person some day - so gorgeous. Love the last pic!

Suzy said...

I just went over to Amazon and ordered myself a copy. Keep it up, I love that Amazon has such great deals!

pve design said...

Those men of class, sitting inside glass.
Clearly - they were ahead of their time.

Visual Vamp said...

Wonderful! Especially the picture of Andy all buttoned down!

Sabina said...

Wow, I've never seen this home. Thanks for the post -- I learned something new!! I love innovative architechture and this house is very cool.

Sabina ~

Brilliant Asylum said...

The image of Warhol looking out is quite telling. I would love to visit someday. Thanks for the bargain update.

Ashley said...

I love these pictures. The furniture is amazing, if I had an office that would be furniture I would pick out.

MEADE DESIGN GROUP said...

neat pary ! I can almost listen their conversation...

ALL THE BEST said...

I am so happy that everyone liked this post, I LOVE this house!! I hope that you all were able to snag the book at a great price!
Best,
Ronda

decortherapia said...

Great post, the Glass House is one of my favourites in North America. I´m an interior stylist from Buenos Aires and love your blog!

Savvy Mode SG said...

how savvy. i adore those barcelona chairs.... want want want one.