‘The House of Light’, a private residence in Menlo Park designed by star architect John Thodos, is featuring a private exhibit of Gordon’s work until the end of 2017.
The architecture of the home is inspired by the 1930s Maison de Verre in Paris by Pierre Chareau, this home is renowned for its masterful engineering with entire walls and ceilings of structural glass, but more importantly, its thoughtful design that discretely accommodates full handicap accessibility. The marriage of the two blends in harmony with a result that is both beautiful and functional.
Precision craftsmanship is apparent inside and out – from the entire front façade of glass block to the breathtaking gallery entrance spanned by a glass ceiling. The juxtaposition of natural materials, like vertical grain cedar and Tasmanian oak, with the clarity of glass creates a rich meditative tone accentuated by the beauty of the surroundings.
Thematically complementing each other, John Thodos’ architectural masterpiece offers a beautifully dynamic space to showcase Huether’s work that is often inspired by the complex properties of light. Light and color have been perpetual red thread themes in Huether’s body of work and after all, his fascination with light is what fueled the artist’s interest to work with glass.
Much of Huether’s work is also inspired by the effects nature has on man-made materials such as the rusty patterns present in deteriorating metal. These materials, translated into works of art, serve as a reminder of the temporal character of man’s achievements and the awe-inspiring forces of nature.
Combining the compelling features of what comprises the ‘House of Light’ and the curated selection of Huether’s work currently on display offers a new and unique perspective of this extraordinary, contemporary living space.