The Farnsworth House is an architectural icon built along the Fox River near the small town of Plano, about an hour and a half from downtown Chicago. The house was designed by Mies van der Rohe for Dr Edith Farnsworth in the late 1940s, and was completed in 1951.
As Mies stated, it is designed to be ‘almost nothing’, a basic, yet elegant design of glass and steel.
As with many famed architects and clients, Mies and Edith battled over many features. One was that Mies said there should be no curtains, Edith won.
Another is there is very little storage in the house, as it was designed to be a weekend retreat.
The house has had three owners since it was built. Since the early 2000s it has been owned by a trust.
The flooring is Italian Travertine.
While the owners have had their own furnishing in the house, it is currently set with stunning mid century modern pieces.
While in the house, you feel as though you are still outside.
Our tour included a number of European architects, who were ecstatic to be in the presence of greatness.
Simple, elegant and stunning; the Farnsworth House is an American classic.