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10 Modernist Homes by Marcel Breuer That Will Leave You with a Bad Case of House Envy

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10 Modernist Homes by Marcel Breuer That Will Leave You with a Bad Case of House Envy
Marcel Breuer’s Breuer House New Canaan I in New Canaan, Connecticut, 1947–8

Remembered as the last of the first generation of Modernist architects, Marcel Breuer has produced decades’ worth of buildings, interiors, and furniture that demonstrate his early influences as a student at the Bauhaus and his ultimate maturation here at his firm in the United States. 

Though his public projects (like including the recently rebranded Met Breuer building, formerly the site of the Whitney) and oft-imitated furniture designs are perhaps his most recognizable contributions to the history of 20th century architecture and design, this Modernist mastermind also produced a number of private homes that rival his larger-scale projects in their aesthetic daring and sharp attention to detail. Excerpted from Phaidon's new and comprehensive monograph Breuer, the domiciles pictured below are just a handful of the houses showcasing his singular vision for the modern home. 

 

GROPIUS HOUSE
Lincoln, Massachusetts
1937-8 

GROPIUS HOUSE

 

GELLER HOUSE I
Lawrence, Long Island, New York
1944-6

GELLER HOUSE I

 

KNIFFIN HOUSE
New Canaan, Connecticut
1947–8

KNIFFIN HOUSE

 

BREUER HOUSE NEW CANAAN I
New Canaan, Connecticut
1947–8

BREUER HOUSE NEW CANAAN I

 

MUSEUM OF MODERN ART EXHIBITION HOUSE
New York, New York
1948–9

MUSEUM OF MODERN ART EXHIBITION HOUSE

  

CAESAR COTTAGE
Lakeville, Connecticut
1952

CAESAR COTTAGE

 

GAGARIN HOUSE I
Litchfield, Connecticut
1955–7

GAGARIN HOUSE I

  

MCMULLEN BEACH HOUSE
Mantoloking, New Jersey
1960 

MCMULLEN BEACH HOUSE

 

KOERFER HOUSE
Ascona, Ticino, Switzerland
1963–7

KOERFER HOUSE

 

SAYER HOUSE
Glanville, Calvados, France
1972–3 

SAYER HOUSE

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