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I loved his idea that the sink & cooktop can be concealed entirely in the cabinetry by folding over two hinged countertop pieces. Johnson and Whitney entertained countless art & cultural world luminaries there so this option probably came in handy.

I loved his idea that the sink & cooktop can be concealed entirely in the cabinetry by folding over two hinged countertop pieces. Johnson and Whitney entertained countless art & cultural world luminaries there so this option probably came in handy.

I guess more storage was needed at some point since the second set of cabinets, shown at right, are not shown on the original plans. They are darker grey fronts with a bluestone countertop instead, but still feel like part of the whole there and actually add visual interest. In fact, many kitchens today are designed to mix materials just like this from the beginning.

I guess more storage was needed at some point since the second set of cabinets, shown at right, are not shown on the original plans. They are darker grey fronts with a bluestone countertop instead, but still feel like part of the whole there and actually add visual interest. In fact, many kitchens today are designed to mix materials just like this from the beginning.

The kitchen is a T-shaped island, with sink, oven, refrigerator and storage all very neatly enclosed in a walnut jacket on the outside, with charcoal grey door/drawer fronts on the inside shown here. Theatergoers may recognize this sculpture of two circus ladies by Elie Nadelman - a larger, white marble version presides over the atrium of Johnson’s elegant New York State Theater (now the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center).

The kitchen is a T-shaped island, with sink, oven, refrigerator and storage all very neatly enclosed in a walnut jacket on the outside, with charcoal grey door/drawer fronts on the inside shown here. Theatergoers may recognize this sculpture of two circus ladies by Elie Nadelman - a larger, white marble version presides over the atrium of Johnson’s elegant New York State Theater (now the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center).

Here is his European-style bathroom that is enclosed in the bricked cylinder that floats in the space. Two, slim, mirrored wall cabinets provide storage and the sink’s pipes are left unceremoniously exposed.

Here is his European-style bathroom that is enclosed in the bricked cylinder that floats in the space. Two, slim, mirrored wall cabinets provide storage and the sink’s pipes are left unceremoniously exposed.

Johnson built the Lincoln Kerstein Tower in the background & a smaller-than-life scale Lake Pavilion where he entertained guests. Its size creates the illusion that it is farther away than it really is and many visitors must actually duck to stand inside!

Johnson built the Lincoln Kerstein Tower in the background & a smaller-than-life scale Lake Pavilion where he entertained guests. Its size creates the illusion that it is farther away than it really is and many visitors must actually duck to stand inside!

The living area is filled with Mies Van Der Rohe's Barcelona series furniture. He designed this now famous daybed specifically for Johnson.

The living area is filled with Mies Van Der Rohe's Barcelona series furniture. He designed this now famous daybed specifically for Johnson.

As you approach, you can't help but focus on the large, round concrete sculpture, but then it happens...the Glass House suddenly appears maybe only 100 feet behind it. It was there the whole time, but so well camouflaged that it blends into the setting. Now that's magic!

As you approach, you can't help but focus on the large, round concrete sculpture, but then it happens...the Glass House suddenly appears maybe only 100 feet behind it. It was there the whole time, but so well camouflaged that it blends into the setting. Now that's magic!

Here's me in front of the expansive glass wall, which reflects the architectural counterpoint that is the red Brick House directly across the lawn. But you also see straight through the house to more nature.

Here's me in front of the expansive glass wall, which reflects the architectural counterpoint that is the red Brick House directly across the lawn. But you also see straight through the house to more nature.

The bedroom area is defined behind an above-head-high row of walnut closets, which acts as both a loose boundary for the living area and also a headboard/wall on the opposite side, with a lot of storage. Now, I’ll admit I’m yearning for some pillows and such here, but you have to sort of admire the monk-like focus he desired and built for himself, no?

The bedroom area is defined behind an above-head-high row of walnut closets, which acts as both a loose boundary for the living area and also a headboard/wall on the opposite side, with a lot of storage. Now, I’ll admit I’m yearning for some pillows and such here, but you have to sort of admire the monk-like focus he desired and built for himself, no?

While the bed area does include a simple desk facing the pool, Johnson later built a small, freestanding Study/Library with a single window & skylights where he worked just across his property.

While the bed area does include a simple desk facing the pool, Johnson later built a small, freestanding Study/Library with a single window & skylights where he worked just across his property.

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