the glass house: environs

In addition to the Glass House, there are 13 other structures on the 47-acre property (Johnson built a new structure roughly every ten years) including his library and study (above). There are also a few site specific installations, like the concrete structure by Donald Judd (below).
 Johnson also built the Brick House (below) to serve as a guest quarters and art gallery.
It soon turned out that the Brick House was too small to hold his entire art collection, so he added a separate bunker-like painting gallery (below) and sculpture gallery.
One of my favorite structures was the Ghost House, originally built to encase a collection of lilies. Now it fills with the local grasses until you can't even distinguish it from the surrounding landscape.
More photos here.
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the glass house: interior

As I mentioned earlier, I thought the Glass House was pretty much perfectly proportioned for living. It didn't hurt that almost all the furniture was by Mies van ser Rohe either.
More photos here.
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the glass house

It's been a long time dream of mine to visit all the buildings I studied in school and I become exceptionally happy when I get to cross something off my list. My parents were in town this weekend, so I dragged them out to Connecticut to visit the Glass House, Philip Johnson's private residence until his death in 2005. At 1700 square feet, the space is pretty much perfectly proportioned and exceptionally thoughtful. And if you are concerned about the neighbors seeing in, he owned the surrounding 47 acres....so, that really wasn't an issue. Interiors and the rest of the campus to come!
More photos here.
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best of nss (3)

By now, you should really know how this works.


best of nss (2)

Seems silly to write two posts on the same topic: see my second post of the best of NSS here!


best of nss (1)

See my post here on the best of NSS, part 1.


I'm back home from two full days walking the National Stationery Show (we didn't have a booth this year), which feels just as exhausting as being a vendor. I took over 250 photos, so stay tuned for what I saw and liked.


the great googa mooga

Jeff and I spent yesterday at the first annual Googa Mooga festival of music, food and wine (it's the same producer as Outside Lands). Although the festival was a bit disorganized, we both enjoyed performances by Hall & Oates (above), a Q&A with Anthony Bourdain, bacon wrapped hot dogs and lots and lots of wine.
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reading, watching, listening

Reading: The Rules of Civility by Amor Towles
Watching: Boardwalk Empire, Season 1
Listening: Hall and Oates (who I'm seeing LIVE on Sunday!)


travel envy: montreal

I've been totally enamored with Anthony Bourdain's new show, The Layover. A recent episode had Tony enjoying bagels, farmers markets, food bookstores, smoked meat and orange juleps that is a small part of the beauty of Montreal.


impossible conversations

There's just starting to be trickles of press about this exhibit and I can't wait to see it.


weekend bits

Saturday: Fish and chips, and a Pimm's cup on the roof of the stunning new Nomad Hotel with Lauren on an amazingly beautiful day.
Sunday: Central Park, the Highline and orecchiette with one of my favorite Oakland families on an equally lovely day.
Also, taught 4 year-olds how to hail a cab.
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pizza on the brain

Considering New York is known for pizza, I actually don't eat it very often (not for lack of wanting to though). But when Jeff was asked by Eater about his favorite pizza in the city, it seemed only right to make absolutely sure that he thought Keste was one of the best (along with Motorino, Roberta's and Franny's). See his complete feature here.
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st. john the divine

My dear cousins were visiting this weekend, staying by Columbia on the Upper West Side. We took a lovely walk around the neighborhood ending up at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, the world's largest cathedral. Unfortunately, the church was closed for the day but that certainly didn't stop me from taking about a thousand photos of the facade and garden. They offer tours of the church (including a visit up to the steeple!) which I'm definitely interesting in doing.
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