Miller House in Columbus, Indiana by Eero Saarinen

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May 2, 2011
Originally published in The Photo Issue
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20th-Century Fox
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  The pathway from the pool to the house is paved with the same slate that clads the exterior walls.

    The pathway from the pool to the house is paved with the same slate that clads the exterior walls.

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  In the main living room, the pillows in the sunken seating area changed colors with the seasons: reds for the winter and lighter pastels for the warmer months.

    In the main living room, the pillows in the sunken seating area changed colors with the seasons: reds for the winter and lighter pastels for the warmer months.

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  The custom-made sofa in the open-plan living area, with its brass back detail, was originally going to be an Eames Compact couch. But when its exposed back was deemed visually objectionable, Girard modified the piece to suit the room.

    The custom-made sofa in the open-plan living area, with its brass back detail, was originally going to be an Eames Compact couch. But when its exposed back was deemed visually objectionable, Girard modified the piece to suit the room.

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  The dining room centers around a custom Saarinen-designed marble-and-terrazzo table ringed by Tulip chairs. Overhead is a Venini chandelier.

    The dining room centers around a custom Saarinen-designed marble-and-terrazzo table ringed by Tulip chairs. Overhead is a Venini chandelier.

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  A mosaic tile wall softens the laboratory-like effect of the glossy kitchen cabinets.

    A mosaic tile wall softens the laboratory-like effect of the glossy kitchen cabinets.

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  In the winter, the cylindrical fireplace in the central living area was always ready for a fire. In spring and summer, the base was filled with plants.

    In the winter, the cylindrical fireplace in the central living area was always ready for a fire. In spring and summer, the base was filled with plants.

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  Xenia’s dressing room was much larger than Irwin’s and had a custom stool covered in Girard’s Mogul 081 fabric. A few pieces of Xenia’s extensive blue opaline glass collection sit on her dressing table.

    Xenia’s dressing room was much larger than Irwin’s and had a custom stool covered in Girard’s Mogul 081 fabric. A few pieces of Xenia’s extensive blue opaline glass collection sit on her dressing table.

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  Alexander Girard continued to work with the Millers on their house for more than 15 years, adapting the interiors of the house as the family’s needs changed.

    Alexander Girard continued to work with the Millers on their house for more than 15 years, adapting the interiors of the house as the family’s needs changed.

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  Almost every window in the house was covered in a Girard-designed fabric.

    Almost every window in the house was covered in a Girard-designed fabric.

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  The Miller girls’ bedrooms each had a different color variation on the Quatrefoil pattern.

    The Miller girls’ bedrooms each had a different color variation on the Quatrefoil pattern.

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  pattern instructions for needlepoint for Xenia

    pattern instructions for needlepoint for Xenia

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  needlepoint seating pads on the Tulip chairs

    needlepoint seating pads on the Tulip chairs

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  Girard’s touch is visible in almost every detail in the house.

    Girard’s touch is visible in almost every detail in the house.

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  His original textile master plan for the house was recently unearthed in the property’s barn.

    His original textile master plan for the house was recently unearthed in the property’s barn.

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  Girard even integrated the floor plan of the house into the TV room rug design.

    Girard even integrated the floor plan of the house into the TV room rug design.

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  The playroom later became Xenia’s office.

    The playroom later became Xenia’s office.

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  The front entrance of the Miller House is flanked by a series of glass screens, designed by either Dan Kiley or Girard.

    The front entrance of the Miller House is flanked by a series of glass screens, designed by either Dan Kiley or Girard.

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