Master Plan: Saarinen’s Miller House
Architecture & Interiors
If you have the good sense to call upon Eero Saarinen and Alexander Girard to create a home for you, then surely you deserve a house with as much restrained splendor as this one, built for the industrialist J. Irwin Miller, in Columbus, Indiana. In 1952, Miller and his wife Xenia asked Saarinen to design their house, and, then gave Girard free reign over the interiors, and the great landscape architect Dan Kiley dominion over the grounds. The result, to no one’s surprise, is a Mid-Century Modern masterwork, down to the custom furnishings, and pitch-perfect balance of space, volume, color and pattern. Kudos, we say, to the couple’s children, for having the foresight to bequeath The Miller House and the collaborative work of three Modernist gods to the Indianapolis Museum of Art; and, by proxy, to the rest of us mortals.