Miller House and Garden

The Miller House and Garden located in Columbus, Indiana is an important midcentury modern gem. Designed by Eero Saarinen in 1957 for J. Irwin Miller and his family,  the home features interiors designed by Alexander Girard and landscaping by Daniel Kiley. The Miller family donated the home and grounds to the Indianapolis Museum of Art in 2009. After undergoing a complete restoration, it opened to the public as part of the permanent collection of the museum in May. The glass and steel structure with slate panels is exemplary of modernist architecture of the period. The home has a grid of skylights which illuminate Girard’s vibrant color palette, in the living rooms conversation pit.

The original master plan for the interiors by Alexander Girard are on display, including fabric swatches and sketches. The original drawings of the landscape architecture, floor plans and interiors for the property are also on view. Saarnin’s own tulip chairs are in the dining area, with a custom marble and terrazzo table of his design.

“Commissioned by industrialist and philanthropist J. Irwin Miller and his wife Xenia Simons Miller in 1953, Miller House expands upon an architectural tradition developed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe—epitomizing the international Modernist aesthetic—with an open and flowing layout, flat roof and stone and glass walls”. Indianapolis Museum of Art

In 2000, the Miller House became the first National Historic Landmark to receive its designation while one of its designers, Dan Kiley, was still living and while still occupied by its original owners. Miller House and Garden is owned and cared for by the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Tours at Miller House and Garden are made possible through the Columbus Area Visitors Center. Learn more on how to reserve a tour.

To learn more about the Miller House & Garden visit the Indianapolis Museum of Art.
Images provided by the Indianapolis Museum of Art, via Architectural Record.

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Enjoy The Ride.

There’s nothing better at the end of a Chicago winter than dusting off the ol’ bike. To do so signifies summer has officially arrived. My family and I own some special bikes by Electra. We have an incredible appreciation for them, beyond their valuable function. To us, they are art objects, and at the same time sophisticated machines. I love the motorcycle language of the cruiser line, the period references, and smokin’ hot paint jobs. Check out the level of detail, and handmade quality of these bikes. Handstitched leather seats, accessories worthy of prominent embellishment.  Electra has introduced some new “designer” bikes over the past couple of years, and they have rightfully been getting some well desrved press. Two new Alexander Girard bikes (below), top the lineup. For those of you who are not familiar with them, it’s time to revisit the website and be inspired. Bike names like “Rat Rod” and “Rat Fink” are indicators of the car culture influences.


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Inspiring Design: From Living Room to Nursery

We had to share this recent customer story – we loved how they used FLOR to bridge the gap between grown-up style and kid-friendly decor.   We find the result stunning.  What do you think?

Hi - Just thought we'd share how we were with our purchase of your Girard tiles.

From our hall you can see both our son's nursery and our living room, so we needed a tile that was both fun and colorful yet adult enough for our livingroom.


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