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Josef and Anni Albers Foundation Gets Barn-Inspired Addition

A new addition to the existing Josef and Anni Albers Foundation in Bethany, Connecticut, this barn-like building is the work of Irish architect Eoghan Hoare, with help from local architect Hunter Smith, and Fritz Horstman, an artist and the facilities manager at the foundation. Designed in a gabled, timber-frame style reminiscent of New England tobacco barns, it is being called Trunck, in honor of a furniture business owned by Anni's father that bore the same name.

Visitors can view work by the prolific multi-hyphenate artists-designers-teachers accumulated over the past 40 years by the foundation, which occupies a space that also includes a library, archives, and studios for guest artists. And, now, the new 3,000-square-foot space houses a mix of original woven tapestries and textiles, designs re-issued by manufacturers like Knoll and Maharam, as well as reproductions of original settings. The Director's Waiting Room, for instance, has been recreated in the image of a waiting room that Josef Albers designed for Walter Gropius at the Bauhaus in Weimar, Germany, in 1923. Director of the foundation, Nicholas Fox Weber explained it as "..tranquil, correct and workman-like, all values Josef believed in," to Wallpaper Magazine.


Josef and Anni Albers Foundation [The Albers Foundation]
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