Road Trip for the Design Lover
57 miles outside of Chicago in the rural town of Plano lives the Farnsworth House - a Mid-Century Modern dream.
Designed in 1945 by Mies van der Rohe for Dr. Edith Farnsworth as a weekend retreat from city life, the Farnsworth House sits alongside a river, surrounded by nature, miles away from any road. The idea surrounding the design of the home was for the inhabitant to be all encompassed by nature. The house is built on stilts to give the illusion that you are floating above ground. Windows make up each of the four walls. There are no built in lights inside of the house, so one's view is never obstructed by reflection.
Although I was visiting within a tour group of ten people, I felt immediately at peace when stepping foot on the property. The luscious greenery was a stark contrast to the city and even the cornfields we drove through to get there. My mind blocked out the questions being asked around me while I was staring at the land outside of the house. I understood the design - the simplicity, yet utter brilliance that went into the building.
I could go on and on about the beauty of the Farnsworth House, but the feeling is something you need to experience for yourself.