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Modernist paperweight marks Glass House founder's 111th birthday
Jul 7, 2017

Designed and created exclusively for The Glass House by Carl Auböck lV in Vienna, The Modernist Paperweight is a life-sized interpretation of Philip Johnson's spectacles. Architect Johnson built The Glass House between 1949 and 1995, a National Trust Historic Site located in New Canaan, Connecticut that spans 49 acres and 14 structures, including his private residence, as well as a permanent collection of painting and sculpture pieces from the 20th century.

The Modernist Paperweight; courtesy The Glass House
The Modernist Paperweight; courtesy The Glass House

Johnson was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1906 and attended the Harvard Graduate School of Design. He's noted for works like the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden at The Museum of Modern Art, private residences, New York’s AT&T Building (now Sony Plaza), Houston’s Transco (now Williams) Tower

Philip Johnson
Philip Johnson

and Pennzoil Place, the Fort Worth Water Garden, and the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, California. He was also founding Director of the Department of Architecture at MoMA in New York, and an associate of icon Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, with whom he developed the Seagram Building and the Four Seasons Restaurant.

Rendered in patina or polished brass, the $425 paperweights are stamped with the official Auböck stamp and certification from the Werkstätte Carl Auböck.

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