“Nature, too, shall live its own life. We must beware not to disrupt it with the color of our houses and interior fittings. Yet we should attempt to bring nature, houses, and human beings together into a higher unity.”- Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
The Farnsworth house was built between 1945 and 1951 commissioned by Dr. Edith Farnsworth as an isolated floating weekend retreat on a 1,500 square ft, 10-acre land centrally located in the woodlands of Plano, Illinois and adjacent to Fox River to the south.
The single-story house consists of steel columns which provide structural support and lifts the house 5 feet 3 inches off the ground contingent upon the inevitable occurrence of flooding; therefore the ground floor platform was elevated. The wide steps carefully ascend up to the top of the entrance. With an open floor plan and ground-to-ceiling glass pavilion windows revealing breath-taking views which reflect the very nature it surrounds exposing the relationship between the house and its landscape.
The project demonstrates Mies’s theory in exploring the conformity between human beings, the home and our connection to the natural world while adapting to the modern era of technology. Within the home, the transformative space confronts the individual’s quest for higher consciousness in a tranquil atmospheric setting illuminated by its natural surroundings. A remarkable framework of true artistic design and expression that emphasizes Mies’s concept of minimalism and simplicity of living of nature in pure form. The structure itself embodies that very idea.
“It’s a curation of what we love and what inspires us,” Mary-Kate said.
The Row’s first west coast home marks a major milestone in the history of the brand. The company was founded in 2006 by co-founders and designing duo, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen who opened the luxury brand’s first flagship store in Los Angeles as a nod to their roots where both sisters and brand were originally born.
The 3,800 sq ft residential-style store designed in collaboration with architect David Montalba and interior designer Courtney Applebaum, populated the space with a slew of iconic mid-century furniture sourced from local purveyors JF Chen, Galerie Half, Blackman Cruz and Thomas Hayes Gallery alongside paintings by artists John Tweddle and Sergej Jensen. Furnishings include a Jean Prouve dining table, Fortuny floor lamp, Poul Kjaerholm coffee tables accompanying Paul McCobb woven leather chairs and a collection of various vintage jewelry and objects -in addition to the brand’s full product line of women’s wear and accessories — all of which are for sale.
“For us, we very much wanted this to feel like a home. It is our first home, and it’s very California and what California means to us since we were born and raised here. When we go into other cities, we want the stores to feel like those places as well ” said Ashley,
The simplicity pulsates mutually in connection to clean lines in a contemporary low key setting designed to enhance the individual’s needs and to elevate the quality of easy living; this philosophy permeates within The Row’s collections. The overall design of the space is synonymous with the brand’s retail vision. A warm yet inviting atmosphere rich in subtle neutral tones and textures-perfect for lounging and shopping which often tends to feel like home. Home indeed.