Visit NYC's "At the Luss House" this Summer

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Photo credit: Michael Biondo
Photo credit: Michael Biondo

Furniture gallerists have long strived to create a home-like atmosphere within their white walls, but Abby Bangser of Object & Thing takes things a step further. Previously the artistic director of Frieze, she recently began staging exhibitions in mid-century masterpieces. Last year, she transformed the Noyes House in New Canaan, CT, with 34 artists and designers. This summer, Bangser is opening At the Luss House in partnership with Blum & Poe and Mendes Wood DM, in which works from 18 artists will be displayed in Gerald Luss's 1955 house in Ossining, NY.

Photo credit: Michael Biondo
Photo credit: Michael Biondo

Luss is best known for creating the interiors of the Time & Life Building (perhaps most recognizable for non-New Yorkers as the backdrop to Mad Men), although he designed office buildings around the world in the post-World War II building boom. Today he is 94 but proved to be a valuable collaborator in At the Luss House. "Gerald Luss made such a big impact on how we consider interior design and the design of office spaces, so it was exciting to work with him in his own family home," says Bangser. "For example there is a custom twelve-foot sofa that he designed for the living room that some of the Time & Life executives saw when they were meeting about the Time & Life building, so he created six- and seven-foot versions for the office."

Photo credit: Michael Biondo
Photo credit: Michael Biondo

Luss has not lived in the home in decades, so Bangser emptied out the furniture (except for the pieces made by Luss) and started with a blank slate. Green River Project designed a new aluminum furniture collection inspired by the house (you may remember their work from Jeremy O'Harris's office from T&C's April issue), and site-specific installations by Japanese sculptor Kishio Suga and textile artist Kiva Motnyk are also featured. Ceramicist Frances Palmer is presenting her new ceramic vases and outfitting them daily with flowers from her garden.

Photo credit: Michael Biondo
Photo credit: Michael Biondo

At the Luss House is 45 minutes outside of New York City and is available to see by appointment only.

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