The Glass House Blog

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

Photo: Andy Romer Photography


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


Photos by Andy Romer Photography

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The USPS Blog Highlights Glass House Stamp + New Glass House Book

Glass House Stamp
Image via USPS Stamp of Approval blog

In honor of National Book Month and the Philip Johnson Glass House, the USPS Stamp of Approval blog has posted National Book Month: Reading Philip Johnson. The blog post discusses the 2005 Glass House stamp and the author’s first visit to the Glass House, as well as two recent publications: The Glass House and The Library of Philip Johnson: Selections from the Glass House.

Read more on the USPS Blog:

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Shop the Glass House Bookstore

Shop the Glass House Bookstore for specially selected
art and design titles, including:

 The Philip Johnson Tapes includes transcripts of interviews and conversations with Robert A.M. Stern, each covering a decade of Johnson’s life and trends of architecture and history during the twentieth-century.

The Library of Philip Johnson: Selections from the Glass House examines 100 titles from the architect’s Library/Study located on the Glass House site and features an introduction by Robert A. M. Stern.

Empire of Space is composed of Todd Eberle’s photographs taken over the course of thirty years and is the definitive publication of the photographer’s work.

The new Glass House guide book, with forward by Paul Goldberger, presents an exclusive tour of the Glass House, its grounds, and collections.

More titles are available online and at the Glass House Design Store in New Canaan!

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