Hodgson House was designed by Mr Philip Johnson, the architect behind works including the Glass House, also in Connecticut. It was designed for Mr Richard Hodgson, then the president of a Paramount Pictures division researching colour television technology, and his wife, Geraldine.
The house won first prize in residential design at the 1954 International Exhibition of Architecture in Brazil, and the 1956 First Honor Award from the American Institute of Architects. It is currently listed in the National Register of Historic Places and is protected by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Floor-to-ceiling glass surfaces comprise fixed-plates and sliding doors set in H-shaped columns. When asked by a New York Times reporter in 1951 to describe any unique aspects of the house, builder Mr John Smith replied, "The whole danged thing is unique."
BassamFellows, the artisanally inspired furniture range founded by Messrs Craig Bassam and Scott Fellows, first made a splash at Milan's Salone Internazionale del Mobile a decade ago with the introduction of the now-iconic tractor stool. Mr Fellows, a fashion world veteran and former creative director of Bally, and Mr Bassam, an architect whose aesthetic is guided by early modernism, describe their pieces as "craftsman modern", an uncompromising and recognisable aesthetic that blends exceptional craftsmanship with a timeless sensibility.
There's nothing about this house that feels typically 1950s. In the same spirit, we don't want our furniture to feel as if it was necessarily designed today
You might say the same thing about the pair's home, the Mr Philip Johnson-designed Hodgson House, located in the picturesque Connecticut settlement of New Canaan, an hour outside Manhattan. Designed in 1951, the heritage-protected property, with its interlinked glassed pavilion and nifty Mad Men-era details, such as the hidden wet bar, is the consummate backdrop for the growing BassamFellows collection, which features exceptionally crafted armchairs, luxurious day beds and elegant leather-topped desks. Here, Messrs Bassam and Fellows give us a tour of what may just be one of the coolest homes in America.
Mr Bassam: "This is based on an old tractor seat I found on the side of the road. We took an archetype that was very Swiss and made it feel new by softening the severity of the form and carving it out of a solid block of wood."
Mr Bassam: "We want our pieces, such as these wood frame lounge chairs, to have an honesty and integrity. These chairs do away with the extraneous bulk of traditional lounge chairs and are designed to look equally great with pieces designed several decades ago or something made yesterday."
Mr Fellows: "A lot of furniture today can feel very processed and antiseptic. "Daybed" is constructed from panels of ultra-soft untreated leather and solid Santos rosewood. Over the years, the sun has given the leather a rich elephant hide patina, which only gives it more character."