Eero Saarinen 'J. Irwin Miller House' 1957
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Eero Saarinen's iconic Miller House is one of the finest examples of mid-century modern American architecture and design; an expertly tuned masterpiece where the architecture of Eero Saarinen and the landscape design by Daniel Kiley where perfectly arranged like a classical composition; the result is an almost orgasmic minimalist creation where every 'note' has its meaning; a masterwork done right down to the last detail; a brilliant modernist work of art devoid of clutter and confusion, a house alive with light.
Commissioned by industrialist and philanthropist J. Irwin Miller and his wife Xenia Simons Miller in 1953, Eero Saarinen's Miller House expands upon an architectural tradition developed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe—epitomizing the international Modernist aesthetic—with an open and flowing layout, flat roof and stone and glass walls. The rooms, configured beneath a grid pattern of skylights supported by cruciform steel columns, are filled with textiles that feature strong colors and playful patterns. Amid the residence’s large geometric gardens, its grandest feature is an allée of honey locust trees that runs along the west side of the house. In 2000, the Miller House became the first National Historic Landmark to receive its designation while one of its designers, Dan Kiley, was still living and while still occupied by its original owners. The house showcases the work of leading 20th-century architects and designers: Eero Saarinen, Alexander Girard and Daniel Kiley.
Today, the property offers visitors the opportunity to experience one of the finest expressions of American modernism, an integration of house and landscape that draws upon historical precedents without repeating them, enfolding them in a compelling composition of forms and spaces that captures the genius of its designers, the aspirations of its owners, and the spirit of their time.
"it unlocks the imagination, refreshes the spirit and brings serenity"
Eero Saarinen Miller House = Pure Bliss