Farnsworth House

Farnsworth House in Plano. (farnsworthhouse.org photo) 

Farnsworth House is happy to open the 2020 program season by hosting a salon series with presentations focusing on mid-century modern women designers, entertaining, food and flowers.

On January 26th for the first Architea: Inspired by Midcentury Modern Women Designers, scholar of Art and Design, Stacy Hand, Ph.D., will speak on the incredible impact made by women on the world’s mid-century furniture, textiles, and designed objects.  Following the presentation guests will be shuttled to the house where they will enjoy tea and savory bites provided by Belladonna Coffee and Tea of Yorkville, and continued conversation while inhabiting the space as Dr. Farnsworth’s guest. Tickets may be purchased here and are $40 per person.

A second event, just in time for Valentines entertaining, on Sunday, February 9th at 2:30pm, Architea: Inspired by Midcentury Food + Flowers, designer Richard Abrahamson of RJA Design will offer a midcentury floral design demonstration in the visitors center. Guests will then move to Farnsworth House for a table settings tutorial, utilizing vintage and contemporary items, alongside savory bites again provided by Belladonna Coffee and Tea. Tickets may be purchased here and are $40 per person,

Designed by Mies van der Rohe in 1945 and constructed in 1951, the Farnsworth House is a vital part of American iconography, an exemplary representation of both the International Style of architecture as well as the modern movement’s desire to juxtapose the sleek, streamline design of Modern structure with the organic environment of the surrounding nature. Mies constructed this glass box residence of “almost nothing” for Dr. Edith Farnsworth as a country retreat along the Fox River in Plano, IL. It continued to be a private residence for over 50 years until Landmarks Illinois and the National Trust for Historic Preservation purchased it in 2003.

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