WALTER GROPIUS – GROPIUS HOUSE

The historic Gropius House in Lincoln, Massachusetts, designed by Walter Gropius, served as the primary residence for the architect and his family while he was teaching at Harvard. They came to the US after three years in London, where they originally moved to flee the Nazi regime. This style of quintessential Bauhaus design is rarely seen outside Germany.

EILEEN GRAY – VILLA E-1027

“One must build for the human being, that he might rediscover in the architectural construction the joys of self-fulfillment in a whole that extends and completes him. Even the furnishings should lose their individuality by blending in with the architectural ensemble.” – Eileen Gray

For Villa E-1027, Eileen Gray designed not only the interiors, but the entire building, including some of the furniture. Built between 1926 and 1929 as a vacation home for the designer and her family, a great deal of thought and care was put into both the function and appearance of every aspect this avant-garde modernist gem.

After Gray left the house, Le Corbusier took up residence, and without her permission, vandalized many of the walls with his own murals. After his death, the site remained in disrepair for many years, but has recently undergone restoration.

FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT – TALIESIN WEST

Taliesin West in Scottsdale, Arizona served as Frank Lloyd Wright’s summer home, studio, and school. The diagonal lines in the building structure and furniture reflect the horizon line of the mountainous landscape. Warm desert hues of red and orange are used throughout the interior and exterior. The step pyramid and other architectural motifs pay respect to the design traditions of ancient civilizations in Mexico, Arizona’s neighbor to the south.

FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT – TALIESIN

Frank Lloyd Wright designed Taliesin to sit atop a hill where he once played as a child in Spring Green, Wisconsin. The estate served as a home, studio, and school for the architect and his students. The warm tones of the sandstone and oak are reflected in the furniture, accented with contrasting blue rugs and accessories. The rough hewn stones connect the interiors with the surrounding landscape, while the panoramic windows bathe the space in natural sunlight.

FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT – FALLINGWATER

Frank Lloyd Wright’s iconic Fallingwater in Mill Run, Pennsylvania was designed to connect uniquely with its carefully selected site. Fieldstone walls and polished rock floors can be seen throughout both the interior and exterior, while the colors chosen for interior upholstery and decor reflect the green, blue, red, and gold of the surrounding water and foliage.

LE CORBUSIER – CABANON DE VACANCES

Le Corbusier’s cabin in the French Riviera is one of the architect’s smallest structures built. While the footprint is small, the interior still contains the architects signature intersecting planes of color. The minimal interior geometry and finishes contrast sharply with the traditional rough-hewn log cabin siding on the outside.

ALVAR AALTO – STUDIO AALTO

Studio Aalto was designed to be not only a workspace, but also a residence. Situated in Helsinki, Finland, the space has ample daylight and views to the outdoors, two criteria proven to have a positive impact on worker productivity, job satisfaction, and general well-being. Much of the furniture was also designed by the architect.

ALVAR AALTO – MAISON LOUIS CARRÉ

Maison Louis Carré, designed by Finnish modernists Alvar and Elissa Aalto combines warm architectural wood tones with cool blue upholstery on the furniture. The panoramic windows and indoor plants connect the space to the lush green forest outdoors.