Modern House on the Prairie

In Michigan City, classic ideas find crisp new expression in up-to-the-minute glass and cedar

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The Coffous love to entertain year-round. When the weather is nice, they can open the sliding doors and feel as if they are outside. Photo Gallery »


Beyond that cushioned nook, the 2,700-square-foot space is sparsely but thoughtfully furnished. The basics are there: a big dining table with Bertoia chairs, a sofa and two Marcel Breuer Wassily chairs in the living room (and a similar set-up on the porch, with furniture Sara’s parents had bought in 1948 for their own summer cottage), a Le Corbusier chaise, and a coffee table that Sara fashioned from a huge antique Chinese basket and a glass top. No accouterments or accessories to speak of. None of that typical second-home bric-a-brac.

“That’s modernism,” Jim says of the austerity. And then there’s the fact that when you’ve got a view like this one, you don’t need much else.

Architect: Brininstool + Lynch, 230 W. Superior St., 312-640-0505; General contractor: Mulcahy Builders, Michigan City, Indiana, 219-241-1020. Living room: Wassily chairs and LC4 chaise, Design Within Reach, Rug, Rouzati Oriental Rugs, 1901 Central St., Evanston, 847-328-0000. Kitchen: Arclinea, 314 W. Superior St., 312-335-3855. Stove, KitchenAid; refrigerator, SubZero, both at Abt, 1200 N. Milwaukee Ave., Glenview, 847-967-8830. Dining area: Table, Cross Extension by Matthew Hilton, and Bertoia chairs, Design Within Reach.


Photography: Christopher Barrett/Hedrich Blessing




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