HOUSE PORN: A New, New Canaan Midcentury Modern

The old adage, “what’s old is new again” is well demonstrated in the renewed interest in mid century architecture. Once considered old-fashioned, stark, and unloved; mid century homes, furnishings, and even fashions have seen a resurgence of interest over the last decade.

No better proof is in a house designed by the architectural firm Specht Harpman in New Canaan, Connecticut. The home could be taken from the pages of the June 1958 Architectural Digest, but in reality was designed only three years ago. 

New Canaan is home to many expertly designed residences from the 1950’s and 60’s when post-WWII technological innovation enabled designs previously impossible to build without advances in steel construction and engineering. “Floating” walls and “disappearing” doors, along with a near-obsession with the lack of framing are characteristics of midcentury design.

Check out this new, New Canaan midcentury, designed by Scott Specht, Louise Harpman and Amy Lopez-Cepero designed to feel like a floating pavilion within the tree canopy of the old growth forest in which it sits.

Photos by Elizabeth Felicella via Specht Harpman

 

 

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