Tucked against a small wood amidst a rolling valley in Black Earth, Wisconsin, you will find an unexpected sight: local resident Bill Weber's self-designed modern home. Yet even with its angular silhouette, the structure takes cues from the heartland’s architectural vernacular of farmhouses, sheds, and silos.
Though its exterior nods towards local barns, the Field House in Ellington, Wisconsin, features an interior that is cutting-edge. Owner Robert Geller is a longtime collector of furniture and art, and here he sits on a Barcelona chair designed by Mies van der Rohe for Knoll. To the left is an Arco floor lamp by Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni for Flos and a BeoLab 5 speaker from Bang & Olufsen.
Though they began the design process pushing for a traditional farmhouse, Hannah and Paul Catlett became more open to an experimental interpretation of this architectural model thanks to the influence of their friend, lead architect Matthew Hufft. The resulting home features a wraparound porch made of Brazilian ipe, rolling slatted doors that provide shade on sunny days, and a fire pit for cooler nights.
The Topo House, with its slinking sedum roof that changes color along with the seasons, emerges from the Wisconsin prairie in such a way that it feels almost alive.
Though they knew they belonged amidst the agrarian Iowa landscape, Geoff and Joanna Mouming also didn't want to sacrifice their developing taste for modernism. Lead architect John DeForest helped them achieve this goal, designing a home that looks like a typical red farmhouse from the outside, but features interior highlights like rearrangeable maple-ply shelves.