This modern contemporary house was designed by Eero Saarinen and completed in 1957 for industrialist and philanthropist J. Irwin Miller and his family in Columbus, Indiana. Amazingly, the glass and steel, 6,838-square-foot pavilion, with interiors by Alexander Girard and landscaping by Daniel Kiley, has remained intact all these years.
Called the Miller House and Garden, the modern contemporary house features a fabulous artistic interior design and filled with exquisite furniture with its colorful finishing, that looks so fresh and awesome!
Members of the Miller family donated the house and gardens, along with many of its original furnishings, to the Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA) in 2009, the property has undergone a $2 million restoration. Additionally, members of the Miller family and the Irwin-Sweeney-Miller Foundation have donated $5 million to establish an endowment for the house and surrounding grounds, and the Indianapolis Museum of Art is continuing to raise more funds.
The iconic modernist house encompasses many extraordinary features like the playful patterns and bold colors. The front entrance of the Miller House is flanked by a series of glass screens. In the main living room, the pillows in the sunken seating area changed colors with the seasons (reds for the winter and lighter pastels for the warmer months), the dining room centers around a custom Saarinen-designed marble-and-terrazzo table ringed by Tulip chairs, the kitchen features glossy kitchen cabinets and mosaic tile wall and the central living area has unique cylindrical fireplace.
“The Miller House showcases the work of leading 20th-century architects and designers and we believe that it’s important to preserve this internationally known jewel in the Columbus, Indiana, community,” said Maxwell L. Anderson, the Melvin & Bren Simon Director and CEO of the Indianapolis Museum of Art. “We look forward to making this significant Modernist landmark available to the public.”
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