Sometimes all that might inspire has always been before you. Just an hour away from the tiny town in Southern Indiana where I was born and raised lies a mecca for modernist architecture, Columbus, Indiana. Holding six national historic landmark’s one of which I had the unique opportunity to capture. Commissioned by J. Irwin Miller in 1953 is the Eero Saarinen designed Miller House. One of the most significant midcentury modern homes in the United States, the house represents the work of three masterminds of the time, architect Eero Saarinen, Interior designer Alexander Girard and landscape architect Dan Kiley. The dazzling home, in pristine condition is owned and cared for by the Indianapolis Museum of Art. What remains are the beautiful and distinctive moments that characterize good architecture, an iconic sunken conversation pit, vantage points from within onto framed tree lined axis and wide open spaces, all that elicits that feeling of endless are your possibilities. Architecture that inspires you to do more and be more. To capture the dialogue between Saarinen’s clean distinct lines and formal shapes with Girard’s folk art whimsy I found like minded aesthetic genius in the collections of Peter Pilotto and Carven, two of my long time favorites. Discover what lies in the details and a look from the outside in to come, this house is made for lingering.
Miller House and Garden in Columbus, Indiana is owned and cared for by the Indianapolis Museum of Art
Miller House, Architecture by Eero Saarinen, Interiors by Alexander Girard
Makeup and hair by Nick Carter courtesy of Joseph’s Salon, Photographs by Kelly Elaine Smith