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Rowdy Meadow, a new visionary Czech Cubist-inspired house in Ohio, is furnished with important furniture and decorative arts and displays a significant art collection. The House is set on a plateau in an extraordinary landscape of orchards, fields and ravines that has been made into an extensive sculpture park. This ambitious project was orchestrated by a family with civic intentions: the entire estate will be bequeathed to the Cleveland Museum of Art. The team that created Rowdy Meadow includes Peter Pennoyer Architects as architect and interior designer, Reed Hilderbrand as landscape architect and 30 artists who contributed to the sculpture park including Richard Serra, Andy Goldsworthy, Sol Lewitt, Anish Kapoor and Ai Weiwei. The combination of design and artistic talent makes Rowdy Meadow one of the most significant, singular, and important residential commissions of the past decade.
In their new book, Rowdy Meadow: House, Land, Art, architect Peter Pennoyer and historian Anne Walker guide readers through this extraordinary residence, across the 146 acres of meadow and forest that surround it, and into the astonishing trove of art and furnishings that it houses. In the foreword, Architectural Digest editor Mitchell Owens introduces this ambitious project, and Pennoyer then traces the history of the short-lived Czech Cubist movement and how its distinctive approach to early 20th-century avant-garde design and geometric composition inspired arresting lines, angles, and unifying symmetry of Rowdy Meadow. From there, the book is organized into three sections--Exteriors, Interiors, and Grounds--and throughout, the volume's 304 pages of sketches, plans, and full-color, four-season photography by Eric Piasecki, showcase the house and art that illuminate the creative precedents behind Rowdy Meadow.
Peter Pennoyer, FAIA, is the founding partner of Peter Pennoyer Architects, an award-winning, New York-based architecture and design firm recognized as a leader in classicism and historic preservation. He is a member of Architectural Digest's AD100, a trustee of the Morgan Library & Museum, President of the Whiting Foundation, and a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects; he has also served as chairman and board member of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art. He is co-author, with Anne Walker, of six books on twentieth-century American architects and the author of A House in the Country, written with his wife, interior decorator Katie Ridder.