Marcel Breuer was a Hungarian-born, modernist, architect and furniture designer. Known to his friends and associated as Laikjó, Breuer left his hometown at the age of 18 in search of artistic training and was one of the first and youngest students at the Bauhaus – a radical arts and crafts school that had been founded by Walter Gropius in Weimar just after World War 1.
Breuer was immediately recognized by Gropius as having immense talent and was quickly placed at the head of the carpentry shop. Ultimately Breuer left Bauhaus to start his own firm. Best known later in life for his iconic chair designs, Breuer often worked in tandem with other designers, developing a thriving global practice that eventually cemented his reputation as one of the most important architects of the modern era.
Breuer’s affinity for concrete made him a key figure in the emergence of brutalism, which has drawn much criticism due to his designs heavy handed massiveness. However, Breuer counterbalanced this tendency in his small-scale houses that are notable for their sensitive handling of traditional materials such as wood and brick. Here are some images of his architectural gems.
Here are some John-Richard pieces that draw from his modernist aesthetic. It is easy to see Breuer’s influence on many furniture designs that are so popular today.
Held at the Mayflower Grace, the Day of Design brings together architects, interior designers, stylists and writers to tell their stories and inspire those who love design.
“It is just as disastrous to have the wrong accessories in your room as it is to wear sport shoes with an evening dress.” — Dorothy Draper
Most of us know to strap on the heels with evening wear but falter when it comes to the styling and decorating of our own home. The big questions….what to add, what to take away and how it will all work together are endless. Day of Design’s experts will share secrets about revealing beauty through simplicity, embracing cultural references, making statements with objects and how to integrate the interior with the outdoors. All these discussions will take place on Saturday, June 18th in a charming shingled tea house where participants and panelists can arrange themselves on comfortable sofas and armchairs.
The first morning panel is entitled The Beauty of the Undone: Discovering Simplicity in Design and pairs interior designer Michael De Perno and Andrew Fry with Kyle Hopener, Editor in Chief of New England Home Magazine. De Perno and Fry are the owners of the latest design shop destination in New Preston, Plain Goods. Both De Perno’s portfolio of work and the interior of Plain Goods are perfect examples of this aesthetic. This will be followed by The Allure of the South: How the Region tells its Narrative through Design headlining an authentic group of Southern style arbiters including Elizabeth Ralls, Editor in Chief of Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles as well as designer duo Michael Mitchell and Tyler Hill who hail from Charleston, SC. They will be joined by Washington’s own Kathryn McCarver Root, originally from Memphis, TN, and the owner of the fine art photography gallery KMR Arts.
Lunch is al fresco, overlooking the Shakespeare Garden, on a patio with round tables shaded by white umbrellas. A day at this iconic New England Inn is a time for these design professionals to relax, share resources, make connections and discuss the subtleties of interior design with the attendees. When asked what he found special about the event, Robert Couturier aptly said, “Maybe, because in such an idyllic and calm atmosphere it is easier to think, we don’t have to go anywhere, there is no time pressure and it is always enriching to find out how the others think and to discuss how differently we all work. I love doing it!!”
Kicking off the afternoon is a discussion with design maven and author Susanna Salk about the subject of her latest Rizzoli published book, It’s the Little Things: Creating Big Moments in Your Home with the Stylish Small Stuff. Joining her on the panel are Stacy Kunstel, stylist and co-owner of Dunes and Duchess (with her partner, photographer Michael Partenio) and Kati Curtis, an interior designer who has been getting rave reviews for her room at the Kips Bay Decorator Show House.
This will be followed by a panel with the world renowned architect and interior designer, Robert Couturier and the talented Washington-based architect Harold Tittmann. This panel, Architecture: Connecting Interiors with the Landscape, is certainly an apropos subject for one of the most popular counties for country homes. Moderator for this panel, as well as Allure of the South panel, is the insightful Stacey Bewkes of the premier design blog Quintessence.
After the panels, there will be a Meet the Designer cocktail party on the porch of the Tap Room, as well as a book signing coordinated by the Hickory Stick Book Shop. Designing Paradises by Robert Couturier as well as a selection of Susanna Salk’s books will be available for purchase.
John-Richard is thrilled to be the presenting sponsor. The media partner for Day of Design is New England Home, one of the very best design publications in the country. For the third straight year, the 5 Star Relais & Chateaux property, The Mayflower Grace will be the host of the event.
Saturday, June 18th Program starts at 10:00 am
The Mayflower Grace 118 Woodbury Road Washington, CT 06793