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Summer party raises $300,000 for Glass House

Published 11:55 am, Sunday, July 6, 2014

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  • At the Glass House Summer Party and 65th anniversary celebration in June, guests were able to stroll the grounds and interplay with the "Fujiko Nakaya: Veil" fog installation. The party raised $300,000 to support site and preservation projects. Photo: Contributed Photo, Contributed / New Canaan News Contributed
    At the Glass House Summer Party and 65th anniversary celebration in June, guests were able to stroll the grounds and interplay with the "Fujiko Nakaya: Veil" fog installation. The party raised $300,000 to support site and preservation projects. Photo: Contributed Photo, Contributed

 

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More than 250 guests, including artists, architects, designers, collectors and modernist enthusiasts, celebrated the Glass House Summer Party and 65th anniversary June 14, bringing in a record $300,000 to support site and preservation projects.

Guests sipped Taittinger champagne and enjoyed canapes and a picnic by Elm Restaurant. Picnic baskets were adorned with Swarovski crystals. DJ Arp played music, while harpist Mary Lattimore performed under the trees in front of the Painting Gallery. Guests were able to stroll the grounds and interplay with the "Fujiko Nakaya: Veil" fog installation, and view the new exhibition, "Six Panels: Al Taylor," organized by Robert Storr.

Giant chess and ping pong were also available, as well as portraits in front of the Glass House with Design Within Reach's photo booth. Makerbot-designed limited-edition Glass House models and bookmarks were given to guests to take home.

Bidding took place for works by Richard Barnes, Richard Serra, Shelter Serra, Adam Fuss, Nan Goldin, David Diao, Olaf Bruening, Holton Rower, Crash (John Matos) and Julia Chang. A private collector snapped up the Glass House overnight and dinner package, as well as a trip to Fogo Island, the Modernist resort in Newfoundland. Also drawing a lot of attention was the crystal necklace by Atelier Swarovski by Maison Martin Margiela. The VIP gift bags included Ralph Lauren candles, two books from Monacelli Press, Aesop products, a DWR gift certificate and more.