Conversations in Context

Donald Kaufman + Taffy Dahl

Conversations in Context invited leaders from creative fields to reflect on the site’s past, present, and future, and to contribute their perspectives on the Glass House and its significance to contemporary debates.

Pioneers in the field of architectural color, colorists and artists Donald Kaufman and Taffy Dahl create unique palettes and special pigment formulations based on more than thirty years of research on the equation of color + space + light. Since 1976, Donald Kaufman Color has collaborated with the best and best-known talents in architecture and design to mix site-specific palettes, including for Philip Johnson’s Glass House and New York City apartment. Kaufman’s paintings can be found in the Whitney Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art and the Hirshhorn; Johnson described him as “the rare painter who understands architecture.” The team is devoted to realizing the energy of architecture –“architectural color is nothing less than the medium through which we experience architecture…it can enhance or deplete the harmony and balance of the spaces”–, to illuminating the visions of architects and designers, and to ensuring that clients may recreate the luminosity and expansiveness experienced outdoors.

The 2011 season of Conversations in Context was generously sponsored by BMW and Design Within Reach.

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