mid-century modern

Inspiration Point: Philip Johnson's Glass House

June 19, 2013
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A view of Philip Johnson's Glass House, in New Canaan, Connecticut.

Charles and Ray Eames' 1958 Aluminum Chairs

May 30, 2012
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An outdoor desk chair?  In fact, Charles and Ray Eames’ 1958 aluminums chairs, now so ingrained in office culture, were designed for patios, moving inside only after the seat fabric they tested failed to stand up to weather. With advances in synthetics, Herman Miller is reintroducing the chairs for outside living—and, yes, working. “Mobile technology is changing where and how we work,” says Herman Miller spokesman Mark Schurman.

Charles and Ray Eames Documentary (+ Other Design Films)

November 08, 2011
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November is a bonanza month for design films buffs! Here's the trailer for Eames: The Architect and The Painter about the husband-and-wife team of Ray and Charles Eames, opening around the country, starting next week. (Random fact: The film is narrated by James Franco.)

House Numbers from Heath Ceramics

September 15, 2011
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heath ceramics house numbers

Photo by: Gemma & Andrew Ingalls

To see all the photos of this house and garden, check out our Open Invitation Photo Gallery.

This article was first published in Garden Design July/August 2011

Inventing the Modern Garden: The Miller House and Garden

May 12, 2011
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Kiley's garden nearly meets the roofline of architect Eero Saarinen's structure, which in turn uses skylights under the eaves to mediate the transition from inside to out.

For more than 50 years, the country's most archetypally Modernist garden has been hidden behind a tight row of arborvitae hedges along Washington Street in Columbus, Indiana, a city of 39,000 people an hour south of Indianapolis.