BREUER'S HOOPER HOUSE, BALTIMORE, MARYLAND
This little gem is the Hooper House which we are finding tons about it to love. The Hooper House sits near Baltimore and was built for art-lover and patron Edith Hooper in 1959 by architect Marcel Breuer, a German architect who also on occasion built homes in the USA. It's a little modern masterpiece, and very much a Modernplum home.
What's to love about it?
The overall form of the home is a square with courtyard in the middle which orients the view inward through floor to ceiling windows. On the exterior and some internal walls, Breuer used multi-colored flag stones in those great fall colors: sage, moss and a darker shade to blur the interior and exterior spaces, and to blend beautifully into the landscape. Looking at the home's exterior, it looks at home, like nature itself was the architect. This is really intentional design with a builder who noticed the details in the landscape, like the color and shape of rocks and stones, and built a home that seems at home and integrated with the site. Modermplum soft goods come from this place as well. Respecting nature in all that we do from the inspiration behind the design, to the naturally farmed linen fabric, to the sustainable production processes we employ.
What else to love are the furnishings. The home is now occupied by a surgeon who says in an article by Dwell a few years back, that the home has changed very little since it was built and that he has tried to keep the home as authentic as possible. We love the interiors for that reason. Pieces of furniture are fitting to the time period which blend and complement the spaces. Colors used in the home are based on the construction materials - darker woods, neutral colors, and the hues from nature coming through the transparent glass walls. The whole thing is in harmony with the outdoors.
I think we are all creatures of nature that gravitate to all things organic. Not only do real, natural, and authentic places and materials look beautiful, they are calming to us, calming to our psyche that perhaps needs a rest from the saturation and fragmentation produced by digital culture. I wish there were more houses likes this, either mid-century or new. These are healing homes that use material, form, nature, and craft to create spaces that just connect with the spirit.