Enjoyed participating in a panel discussion on Art House, the new film by Don Freeman, moderated by New York Magazine design editor Wendy Goodman, and organized by Joseph Lembo at FIT. The film portrays in the most poetic and beautiful ways homes of American art and design legends such as Eva Zeisel, Wharton Esherick, George Nakashima, Paolo Soleri, and Russel Wright, who have created their own homes over the course of many years. Their homes, we learn from the film, all genuinely reflect their passion for domestic living, express visions that came to integrate life and art. While these homes are works of art in their own right, they are also the most substantial and ambitious expressions of their creators’ personal identity. The term ‘art home’ was originated in the 19th century, when William Morris, the ‘father’ of the Arts and Crafts Movement announced that living in artistic homes is the only way to generate happiness and healthy lifestyle. The term has since obtained complex and multifaceted meanings, and now, Don Freeman’s film comes to explore the notion of the Art House as created by well-known artists in this country. To Freeman, living in a great home can bring to a happier life. “The film,” he says, “comes to provide an understanding that a home can be a means toward self-expression and true spirit.” It enables the viewer to peek into the most private aspects of the passionate artists and to better understand their art in the most intimate way.
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