Conversation pit, 1960
This is the Miller House in Columbus, Indiana which is now a satellite property of the Indianapolis Museum of Art. The house was commissioned by industrialist J. Irwin Miller and his wife Xenobia in 1953. It was designed by Eero Saarinen and the interiors were done by Alexander Girard. I had the pleasure of helping inventory the books on those shelves for the IMA library and our archivist is currently going through the family’s papers. Xenobia kept extensive records of the purchases made for the house by Girard and we found an old Herman Miller catalog which listed the prices for Eames chairs in the early 60s, some being a whopping FORTY-SIX DOLLARS. Sigh.