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Happy Birthday Ludwig Mies van der Rohe!

Illustration by architect Tadao Ando of the Farnsworth House (1945–51) designed by architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. (Image from the Modern Views project, Courtesy of the architect.)

Illustration by architect Tadao Ando of the Farnsworth House (1945–51) designed by architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. (Image: Farnsworth House, 2009, Ink on paper, 18 1/2” x 12 3/4” each, Courtesy of the architect.)

Today, 126 years ago, modern architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe was born!

The historic exchange reflected in the Ludwig Mies van der Rohe Farnsworth House (1945–51) and the Philip Johnson Glass House (1949) is considered one of the twentieth century’s great cultural dialogues, and was explored in the recent Glass House commissioned film Points on a Line by artist Sarah Morris as part of the Modern Views project. (View the list of one hundred contemporary artists, architects, and designers who participated in Modern Views.)

Johnson was also an associate of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe in the 1950s, and worked with the modern master on the design of the Seagram Building and its famed Four Seasons Restaurant. Interested in learning more? Enjoy an exclusive pairing of these two Modern Icons – tour the Glass House and enjoy a three-course dinner at the Four Seasons Restaurant! For more information visit http://philipjohnsonglasshouse.org/visit/#fourseasons

Photo courtesy of the Four Seasons

The interior of the Four Seasons Restaurant in New York designed by Philip Johnson, in the Seagram Building, designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. Photo courtesy of the Four Seasons.

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What design spectacles – eyewear or event – have had a significant impact on you?How will you celebrate Mies’s birthday?
The Philip Johnson Glass House invites you to join in
the Glass House Conversation on Design Spectacles -
share your thoughts on the design events (+ architect’s eyewear!) that have had a significant impact on you @ glasshouseconversations.org!

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Ultimate Modern Gift: Glass House Private Tour + Four Seasons Dinner Package

Ultimate Modern Gift: Glass House Private Tour + Four Seasons Dinner Package

Guests will begin this package experience with a Private Tour of the 47-acre Glass House site, designed to provide a customized, in-depth experience of the landscape, architecture and private art collection. In addition to the tour, guests will dine at New York City’s Johnson-designed Four Seasons Restaurant in the Seagram Building, where they will enjoy a celebratory three-course dinner, including champagne and wines selected by Four Seasons owners Alex von Bidder and Julian Niccolini.

Available year-round and as a gift; tour and dinner may be scheduled on the same or separate days. Learn more or contact glasshouse@nthp.org or 203.594.9884 x33332 for reservations.

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James Welling Glass House Exhibition at the Four Seasons Restaurant

James Welling Photo

The Philip Johnson Glass House, in association with David Zwirner, is pleased to announce an installation featuring works by artist James Welling to benefit the Glass House. Ten limited edition prints from Welling’s Glass House series are mounted in the Philip Johnson designed Four Seasons Restaurant Lobby Gallery at 99 East 52nd Street in New York. Learn more and order your limited edition Welling print.

Four Seasons
Experience the ultimate pairing of modern icons: Book a Glass House Private Tour and Four Seasons Dinner package, available all year.

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Book Launch at the Four Seasons – The Library of Philip Johnson: Selections from the Glass House

Jordan Hruska, Birch Cooper, Robert Stern, Rena Zurofsky
©Patrick McMullan / Photo – Leandro Justen/PatrickMcMullan.com
Jordan Hruska, Birch Cooper, Robert Stern, Rena Zurofsky.
Book Launch at the Four Seasons, October 25, 2011.

The Philip Johnson Glass HouseThe National Trust for Historic Preservation and Birch Books Conservation announced the launch of a ground-breaking publication, The Library of Philip Johnson: Selections from the Glass House, at The Four Seasons Restaurant on October 25, 2011. Written by Birch Cooper and Jordan Hruska, this beautifully illustrated book examines 100 titles from the architect’s Library/Study located in New Canaan, Connecticut and features an introduction by Architect Robert A. M. Stern, textual analyses and 350 photographs.
Book Cover - The Library of Philip Johnson
Pre-order a copy ($45 plus shipping) now! (Books will ship in early November). Sales benefit the conservation of the Library/Study and collection of books it contains.

Rena Zurofsky, Interim Executive Director of The Philip Johnson Glass House, and Birch Cooper welcomed guests to the launch celebration sponsored by Christopher Spitzmiller, Inc. held at The Four Seasons Restaurant in New York. Robert A. M. Stern signed copies of the newly published book, The Library of Philip Johnson: Selections from the Glass House, while guests mingled and enjoyed a selection of martinis provided by Belvedere Vodka.

Christopher Spitzmiller Inc. Logo  Belvedere Vodka Logo

Keep reading for more photos from the event + Join us for the online Glass House Conversation hosted by Birch Cooper, going on now at glasshouseconversations.org!

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