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Location: Weston, Connecticut
Design nerds better sit down for this: The Connecticut residence of Paul Rand, the late art director and graphic designer best known for iconic logo designs for IBM, UPS, ABC, and more, has just hit the market and it’s a bona fide modernist treat.
Designed in 1951 by Rand and his first wife, Ann (who studied with Mies van der Rohe at Illinois Institute of Technology), and completed in 1953, the three-bedroom house shows influences from Mies as well as Marcel Breuer. Like several Breuer creations to hit the market in New England recently, the Rand House is an efficient composition of glass and fieldstone nestled in extensive woodlands—almost eight acres in this case.
The boundaries between the inside and outside are especially softened in the dining area leading to the rear living room, where glass walls look out onto the stone terrace and surrounding landscape, creating an atmospheric spaciousness. Meanwhile, the bedrooms are more tightly packed.
According to a floor plan document provided by the listing agent, Rand added significant square footage for a studio and office at the back corner of the original design. That space also enjoys open views to the outdoors.
The house’s sale coincides with Wright’s upcoming auction of 300 works from Rand’s collection, including an extensive selection of posters and custom furniture for this very house (like a glass and steel coffee table and set of rolling stereo cabinets).
Per the listing, the Rand House also “by coincidence meets the formula of ideal setting defined by the Japanese; a hill to the north, a brook to the east, a road to the west, looks to the south.”
Want a piece of design history? 87 Good Hill Road is asking $895,000.