Farnsworth House: when modernism calls, take the bus to Plano

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Picnic at the Cathedral

Living in Chicago, I am fortunate to see the architecture of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe almost every day.  I love to slip around behind the 860-880 Lake Shore Drive Apartments and look out to the sun shining off the waves of Lake Michigan through the glass plaza.  HOB gets off the train early most mornings just for the pleasure of walking though Chicago’s Federal Plaza to admire the clean perfection of Mies‘ building complex set off by the jaunty Flamingo sculpture by Alexander Calder.  Given our mutual love of Mies, a pilgrimage to Mies‘ Farnsworth House  in Plano, IL was obviously overdue, though we had one major complication: we don’t own a car and don’t drive.  Happily the Chicago Architecture Foundation has a bus tour, so off we went in quest of International Style glory.

I highly recommend the CAF tour, which includes Mies sights in Chicago, with a stop for…

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HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

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HOUR ONE:

1. „FRIDAY THE 13TH“ THEME

2. MOULLINEX & XIONBI (THE CRAMPS) – HUMAN FLY

3. GNARLS BARKLEY – THE BOOGIE MONSTER

4. LYDIA LUNCH (SUICIDE) – FRANKIE TEARDROP

5. TOM WAITS – CEMETRY POLKA

6. SIOUXSIE & THE BANSHEES – PEEK-A-BOO

7. BECK, FEIST, ARCADE FIRE – DO THEY KNOW IT’S HALLOWEEN?

8. „TALES FROM THE CRYPT“ THEME

9. NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS – UP JUMPED THE DEVIL

10. POE – HAUNTED

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The Bubble chair was designed by Eero Aarnio in 1968 in Finland. It is made of acrylic on steel frame and leather or polyurethane fabric cushions. It is distributed by Adelta. The chair is suspended from above leading to a floating or bubble-like sensation. It is considered an industrial design classic and advanced the usage of plastics in furniture design. The chair is considered modernist or spaceage and is often used to symbolise the 1960s period.

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