A trip to the Farnsworth House

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For our most recent Evening Associates Board outing, we drove 90 minutes outside Chicago to Plano, where there’s a hidden stunning house by Mies van der Rohe on the banks of the Fox River. Known as the Farnsworth House, it was built for a badass female doctor from Chicago who wanted a weekend getaway home. Who knew such an architectural gem exists in the Illinois countryside??

My top 3 things I learned about this icon of mid century design:

  1. It looks generally airy (besides the fact that it literally floats) because it emphasizes volume over mass
  2. While it’s not symmetrical, it’s very balanced
  3. There’s a dialogue between negative and positive space inside, where the design, furniture and every detail are minimalist and clean

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The fall colors were a beautiful backdrop for the house, but I can also imagine how peaceful it must be in winter, and how vibrant it must be in spring and summer. I would love to have a glass house in the middle of nowhere to get away from everyone and everything in the city every once in a while. (I still need to book a trip in one of these glass cabins in Wisconsin, but the one I want is booked through November 2020.)

Side note, this is just one example of the cool things we get to do as part of our Evening Associate Board membership. If you’re interested in joining the board, applications are open now through December 15!

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