The Glass House Blog

Modern Love: Gifts for your Valentine from the Glass House Design Store

Alvar Aalto vase

Alvar Aalto vases in saturated hues for effortless flower arranging
and sensuous soaps by Sarah Schwartz.

Visit us in New Canaan, CT or shop online:
designstore.theglasshouse.org

soaps by Sarah SchwartzAlvar Aalto vase

Photos by Andy Romer Photography

THE GLASS HOUSE DESIGN STORE
199 ELM STREET, NEW CANAAN, CT, USA
DESIGNSTORE.THEGLASSHOUSE.ORG

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SUPER BOWLS AT THE GLASS HOUSE DESIGN STORE

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Bring some color to the countertop with a classic Krenit Bowl. Designed by Herbert Krenchel, these enameled steel bowls debuted in 1954 at the Milan Triennale. Today they are perfect for fruit, salads or popcorn!

Visit us in New Canaan, CT, USA, or shop online:

THE GLASS HOUSE DESIGN STORE
199 ELM STREET, NEW CANAAN, CT, USA
DESIGNSTORE.THEGLASSHOUSE.ORG

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Launch of the new Glass House Design Store, in collaboration with Moss Bureau

Photo: Andy Romer Photography

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The Glass House, in collaboration with Moss Bureau, is pleased to announce a new design store. The Glass House Design Store offers an edited selection of books, furniture, objects, and artist editions that represent the sensibility and ideas that inform the Glass House, both the iconic 1949 structure and the unique synthesis of art, architecture, and landscape that developed over half a century. The store will offer a mix of rare and iconic objects, including Paul Cocksedge’s Roll/Rule Set, Deborah Ehrlich’s Simple Glass Ware, Lobmeyr’s Drinking Service No. 257, Alessi’s 9090 Richard Sapper Espresso maker, the Arne Jacobsen Martini Mixer from Stelton, and more. All items are also available through a new online store.

Inspired by “Machine Art,” a legendary exhibition organized by Philip Johnson for the Museum of Modern Art in 1934, the Glass House Design Store celebrates Johnson’s curatorial vision through its articulate offering. As Alfred H. Barr, Jr., the Museum of Modern Art’s first director, wrote in his foreword to the ‘Machine Art’ catalogue:

“The role of the artist in machine art is to choose, from a variety of possible forms each of which may be functionally adequate, that one form which is aesthetically most satisfactory. He does not embellish or elaborate, but refines, simplifies and perfects.”

This is the course that the Glass House and Moss Bureau have pursued in selecting objects for the Glass House Design Store. In addition to whatever function they perform, these objects are intended as keepsakes for visitors to remember their time at the Glass House.

In this way, the ideas — and ideals — articulated by Philip Johnson over many years can be enjoyed long after a visit to the Glass House, in the course of daily life.

To learn more please visit

designstore.theglasshouse.org

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Photos by Andy Romer Photography

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Celebrate the launch of the new Glass House Design Store

Photo: Andy Romer Photography

Join us for a festive evening and meet our
collaborator Murray Moss and his team,
along with the editors at Moffly Media.
Prosecco and hors d’oeuvres will be served.

Thursday, September 26
6 – 8 p.m.

The Glass House Design Store
199 Elm Street, New Canaan
designstore.theglasshouse.org

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Photo: Andy Romer Photography

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Book Signing With Connecticut Photographer Stacy Bass at The Glass House Design Store, Sunday July 21, 11am-2pm

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In the Garden by Stacy Bass

Stacy Bass will be signing copies of her book, In the Garden, featuring photographs of Connecticut gardens and landscapes, Sunday July 21, 11am-2pm at the Glass House Design Store, located at 199 Elm Street, New Canaan, Connecticut. Meet the author, enjoy a glass of lemonade or iced tea, and browse the new Glass House Design Store.

Bass has also photographed the Glass House, below are a few of her images.

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Photo of the Glass House by Stacy Bass

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Photo of the Glass House by Stacy Bass

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The Glass House, in collaboration with Moss Bureau, launches the new Glass House Design Store

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The Glass House, in collaboration with Moss Bureau, is pleased to announce a new design store. The Glass House Design Store offers an edited selection of books, furniture, objects, and works on paper that represent the sensibility and ideas that inform the Glass House, both the iconic 1949 structure and the unique synthesis of art, architecture, and landscape that developed over half a century. The store will offer a mix of rare and iconic objects, including Angelo Mangiarotti pitchers, Deborah Ehrlich’s Simple Glass Ware, Lobmeyr’s Drinking Service No. 267, Alessi’s 9090 Richard Sapper Espresso maker, The Arne Jacobsen Tea Pot from Stelton, and more. The store is located at the Glass House Visitor Center in New Canaan, CT, and will also have online presence.

Inspired by “Machine Art,” a legendary exhibition organized by Philip Johnson for the Museum of Modern Art in 1934, the Glass House Design Store celebrates Johnson’s curatorial vision through its rigorous offering.  As Alfred H. Barr, Jr., the Museum of Modern Art’s first director, wrote in his foreword to the ‘Machine Art’ catalogue:

The role of the artist in machine art is to choose, from a variety of possible forms each of which may be functionally adequate, that one form which is aesthetically most satisfactory. He does not embellish or elaborate, but refines, simplifies and perfects.

This is the course that the Glass House and Moss Bureau have pursued in selecting objects for the Glass House Design Store. In addition to whatever function they perform, these objects are intended as keepsakes for visitors to remember their time at the Glass House. In this way, the ideas — and ideals — articulated by Philip Johnson over many years can be enjoyed long after a visit to the Glass House, in the course of daily life.

Moss Bureau is a design advisory service. Leveraging twenty years in the design industry, they provide consultation and advice to collectors, manufacturers, designers, architectural firms, museums and design schools, and curatorial services for both residential and commercial projects. Moss Bureau also presents small exhibitions of important contemporary studio works as well as selected industrial design.

The Glass House, built between 1949 and 1995 by architect Philip Johnson, is a National Trust Historic Site located in New Canaan, CT. The pastoral 49-acre landscape comprises fourteen structures, including the Glass House (1949), and features a permanent collection of 20th-century painting and sculpture, along with temporary exhibitions. The tour season runs from May to November and advance reservations are required. For more information, and to purchase tickets, visit www.philipjohnsonglasshouse.org

The National Trust for Historic Preservation is a privately funded nonprofit organization that works to save America’s historic places to enrich our future. www.PreservationNation.org

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Book-Signing with Susan Matheson, Co-author of The Gingerbread Architect + Learn Some of Her Gingerbread House Making Tips + Gingerbread Recipe

Gingerbread Architect

Meet Architect Susan Matheson, Co-author of The Gingerbread Architect: Recipes and Blueprints for Twelve Classic American Homes, published by Clarkson Potter, at a book-signing at The Glass House Visitor Center + Design Store, 199 Elm Street, New Canaan, CT, Saturday, December 1, 11am – 2pm.

*Enter in person for a chance to win a gingerbread Glass House baked by Sweet Lisa’s of Greenwich, CT + two tickets to a Glass House tour!

Susan Matheson

Susan Matheson, New York and London-based architect and avid baker, combines her two passions in her book Gingerbread Architect, a modern guide to the traditional holiday craft of creating gingerbread houses. Throughout the book, Matheson and her co-author, Lauren Chattman, provide a glossary of architectural terms, detailed blueprints and elevations as well as historical context and descriptions of prominent architectural features, made from gingerbread and candy. The perfect family project—for anyone with a keen eye and a sweet tooth!


Saturday, December 1, 2012, 11am – 2pm
Book Signing with Susan Matheson

Co-author of The Gingerbread Architect
The Glass House Visitor Center + Design Store
199 Elm Street, New Canaan, CT 06840
http://philipjohnsonglasshouse.org/

Holiday Shopping Hours
10am-4pm thru December 15th
(Closed Tuesday + Wednesday)
or Shop Online


Want to be a Gingerbread Architect?

Susan Matheson shares her best tips for building your own gingerbread house + her recipe for gingerbread dough! For more great tips pick-up a copy of The Gingerbread Architect from The Glass House Design Store, proceeds from sales support The Glass House, a site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Gingerbread English Tudor Style House

Tip #1: Schedule your time! Allow plenty of time to build your gingerbread house.

If you’re constructing a simple building allow one day to mix your gingerbread and bake your templated wall and roof pieces, allowing the gingerbread to cool before you assemble your house structure on the first day. You may want to assemble the roof early on the second day, leaving at least two hours for the icing to set and dry. On the second day decorate your building and don’t forget to landscape around your building, it adds a finishing touch!

If you have set your heart on making an elaborate gingerbread house, make sure that you give yourself the better part of a week to work on the house. Make sure that the icing holding building walls together has plenty of time to dry so that the house structure is firmly held together before you attempt to put the roof in place.

Tip #2: Straightening the edges of your gingerbread pieces before you assemble your house will give you a better looking and a more structurally stable house.

Take a quick look at your gingerbread walls and roof pieces when you remove them from the oven. If the walls or window openings have pillowed during the baking process and are no longer straight, take a long sharp knife, and while the gingerbread is still warm and a bit soft, carefully trim the gingerbread pieces so they are straight.

When the gingerbread pieces are cool you can carefully pick up the individual pieces and using a rasp, or microplane, gently sand the edges straight. The straighter the walls, the greater the surface contact between icing and gingerbread, and the stronger the gingerbread building will be. If you still have some gaps they can usually be covered with more icing or decorative candy.

 

Gingerbread Victorian Farm House

Tip #3: It’s surprising how quickly Royal Icing will harden, so make sure that you put a piece of plastic wrap directly on the surface of the icing (touching).

I love using the plastic piping bags for icing; they’re inexpensive, make cleaning up a breeze, simplify the decorative piping process, you can easily see the icing colors inside and the icing will keep for a surprising amount of time when stored in the refrigerator. Keep the tip of your piping bag covered with a damp cloth to prevent the icing from drying out. Storing the leftover icing in the refrigerator is handy for re-attaching candy that breaks off or gets devoured! Of course, the down side is that the plastic bags are not easy to recycle.

Also, always have a butter knife, a knife with a small sharp point and a slightly damp cloth handy for quick touch-ups when you’re piping icing. You can gently scrap away icing mistakes, carefully straighten icing lines and with the damp cloth you can gently wipe the residual icing from the gingerbread surface.

Tip #4: Make a plan for decorating your house before you begin to bake.

Select a color palette and buy your candy keeping in mind what you would like your house to look like and where you would like the candy to go.

Finally, make sure that you have fun, even if aspects of your gingerbread house don’t turn out as you had planned.

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Gingerbread Dough Recipe

A large stand mixer, like the KitchenAid, accommodates one batch of dough. If you are using a smaller, less powerful mixer, you will have to make two half recipes.

1 CUP VEGETABLE SHORTENING

1 CUP SUGAR

2 TEASPOONS BAKING POWDER

2 TEASPOONS GROUND GINGER

1 TEASPOON BAKING SODA

1 TEASPOON SALT

1 TEASPOON GROUND CINNAMON

1/2 TEASPOON GROUND CLOVES

1 CUP DARK (NOT LIGHT OR BLACKSTRAP) MOLASSES

2 LARGE EGGS

2 TABLESPOONS WHITE VINEGAR

5 CUPS UNBLEACHED ALL-PURPOSE FLOUR

MAKES ABOUT 3 1/2 POUNDS

1. In the bowl of a large stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the shortening and sugar with an electric mixer on medium-high speed until well combined.

2. Add the baking powder, ginger, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and cloves and beat until incorporated.

3. Add the molasses, eggs, and vinegar and beat until smooth, scraping down the sides of the bowl once or twice as necessary.

4. Add the flour, 1 cup at a time, and mix on low until smooth. Scrape the dough onto a sheet of plastic wrap and press into a rough square. Wrap tightly and refrigerate for at least 3 hours and up to 3 days.

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HALF-RECIPE GINGERBREAD DOUGH

1/2 CUP VEGETABLE SHORTENING

1/2 CUP SUGAR

1 TEASPOON BAKING POWDER

1 TEASPOON GOUND GINGER

1/2 TEASPOON BAKING SODA

1/2 TEASPOON SALT

1/2 TEASPOON GROUND CINNAMON

1/4 TEASPOON GROUND CLOVES

1/2 CUP DARK (NOT LIGHT OR BLACKSTRAP) MOLASSES

1 LARGE EGG

1 TABLESPOON WHITE VINEGAR

2 1/2 CUPS UNBLEACHED ALL-PURPOSE FLOUR

MAKES ABOUT 1 3/4 POUNDS

Proceed as for full recipe


 

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Book Signing with Susan Matheson December 1, 11am – 2pm

Meet Architect Susan Matheson, Co-author of The Gingerbread Architect: Recipes and Blueprints for Twelve Classic American Homes at a book-signing at the Glass House Visitor Center + Design Store. Enter in person for a chance to win a gingerbread Glass House + two tickets to a Glass House tour.

The Glass House Visitor Center + Design Store
199 Elm Street, New Canaan, CT 06840
www.philipjohnsonglasshouse.org

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Design Store Open for Holiday Shopping thru December 15th

The Glass House Design Store will be open for holiday shopping from 10am-4pm thru December 15th (closed Tuesday + Wednesday). The Design Store (199 Elm Street, New Canaan, CT) offers a well-edited selection of products for men, women, children and the home, featuring exclusive items inspired by the Glass House.

Can’t make it to New Canaan? Shop the design store online.

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Colorful Modern Desk Set Available at the Glass House Design Store

Modern Desk Set, available at the Glass House Design Store

Work in style with this colorful Modern Desk Set, available at the Glass House Design Store. A collaboration between UK designer Michael Sodeau and Japanese company Suikosha, this three piece desk set includes scissors, stapler and tape dispenser, and comes in three colors – Black, White, Orange or Blue.

Proceeds from sales support the Philip Johnson Glass House, a site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Check out the Modern Desk Set and more great gifts now available at the Glass House Design Store!

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