|2021: A YEAR IN RETROSPECT|
|We'd like to share a quick round-up of our projects this year. Despite the difficult times for museums during the pandemic, we welcomed these new house museum members to our network 2021:|
Villa Beer in Austria
Van Buuren Museum & Gardens in Belgium
Villa Skeppet in Finland
Haus Deiters in Germany
mayhaus in Germany
Mies van der Rohe Haus in Germany
Cuypershuis in the Netherlands
Miles C. Bates House in the USA
Frank Lloyd Wright Mäntylä in the USA
INSIDE ICONIC HOUSES
For our new live streamed Inside Iconic Houses series we produced 12 exclusive tours. You can view these expert-led behind the scenes tours by purchasing them in our webshop (they can be viewed for free by our top-tier donors). We will continue the tour series in 2022, every third Thursday of the month. And from now on, you can join a tour for a one-off ticket price of 25 euros!
ICONIC HOUSES MONTH IN THE NETHERLANDS IN JULY
Despite several lockdowns, we have managed to organize a special, discounted Iconic Houses month with ten partner museums. We hope to expand with this concept to other countries in 2022.
PIONEERS OF THE DUCH MODERN HOUSE
If you missed our fascinating online conference in September, now's your chance to see the highlights! Focusing on Dutch 20th-century house design, the conference featured five keynote lectures on important themes (for example, the role of hygiene and health) plus five films exploring the Dutch context. You can choose to buy either the complete package of lectures and films, or just the five-part film series.
ICONIC HOUSES CONFERENCE 2023
Due to the pandemic, our partners in Czech Republic, in consultation with the Board of the Iconic Houses Foundation, have decided to organize the the 7th International Iconic Houses Conference in May 2023. Partner house museums in the Czech Republic are:
Adolf Loos Apartment & Gallery; Brummel House; Josef Hoffmann Museum; Jurkovič House; Villa Bilek; Villa Müller; Villa Rothmayer; Villa Stiassni; Villa Tugenhat; Villa Winternitz. In Slovenia, the partner for the post-conference tours is the Plečnik House.
|Welcome Villa Beer in Vienna!|
| Villa Beer was designed in 1931 by Josef Frank and Oskar Wlach for Margarete and Julius Beer. It represents Josef Frank's perception of Modernism and is one of his most important works. We're happy that the villa, which was at risk for a while, has found a new owner, who will have the villa restored in the coming years and opens it to the public on demand.|
|Inside Sunnylands - Live Streamed Tour: 16 December|
|We close the first year of our Inside Iconic Houses tour series, with a live tour of Sunnylands, led by its director JANICE LYLE. Its architect, Los Angeles-based A. Quincy Jones, was known for innovative modernist buildings. He designed the winter home of Walter and Leonore Annenberg in Palm Springs in 1966. The 25,000-square-foot residence is a classic example of California Midcentury Modern architecture. Interior furnishings were designed in the Hollywood Regency style by William Haines.|
|In Memoriam Bob Liljestrand (1941 - 2021)|
|It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Bob Liljestrand on October 23, 2021. Bob was Founding President of the Liljestrand Foundation and a member of our network since 2016. He dedicated the last 17 years of his life to saving his childhood home, the Liljestrand House, determined to make it available to the public in perpetuity. In January he and Kristi Cardoso, director of the Liljestrand House, were the first to give a live-stream house tour in our Inside Iconic Houses series. We wish all who loved him strength with their loss and the foundation all the best to continue their good work in his spirit.|
|Inside Iconic Houses: Isokon Tour in Webshop|
|A dream team takes us on a tour of the Isokon Building in London: architect John Allan, Chair of the Isokon Gallery Trust, and Lelay Daybelge, co-author of the book Isokon and the Bauhaus in Britain. As well as visiting the Isokon Gallery in the former garage of the building, which was designed by Wells Coates in 1934, the tour gives us exclusive access to the most authentic privately owned 'minimum flat' and penthouse! |
|BCN-BXL: Coderch-De Koninck. Beyond time|
|Our member houses in Brussels, Maison Lenglet and L.H. De Koninck's own house, are both featured in Bea Sarrias' exhibition of paintings and the accompanying documentary by Morrosko Vila-San-Juan, in the Embassy of Spain in Brussels and in La Valée until Monday 31 January, 2022. Depicted here is Bea Sarrias' 'Pink Composition', from Maison Lenglet by L.H. De Koninck.|
|Adopt an Icon at Risk - PLEASE DONATE!|
|Thanks to your donations, we can add new houses to our Icons at Risk Watch List. As well as the 42 icons already listed, we have 30 more houses on our radar worldwide that need research in order to be published. And we need your support for that. Like many non-profits, the Iconic Houses Foundation is in a precarious position due to Covid. Please donate to help us continue putting these houses in the spotlight to try to save them from demolition. Your support means so much to us: thank you!|