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October4design is New Canaan, Connecticut’s, month-long celebration of architecture, art, design and the community where it happens.

Organized by the New Canaan Museum & Historical Society, New Canaan’s diverse creative community will open its doors to offer a peek into what gives this town its distinct character.

Past Events


Reception at Noyes II

October 2, 2021
4:30pm – 6:00pm

Tickets: $35 

Explore the home of renowned architect and industrial designer Eliot Noyes.

He is best known for his emphasis on functional Modernism and his beliefs in simplicity of form and truth to the nature of his materials. Noyes led MoMa’s industrial design department. He went on to work at IBM for 21 years designing their Selectric Typewriter and the IBM buildings in Garden City, Armonk, Los Angeles, and San Antonio. Notable Noyes works in New Canaan include the Ault House, the Weeks House, and the Noyes House (in which this event is held). His son, the architect Fred Noyes, will open his home for cocktails and conversation.

Tickets are required. Address will be sent to ticket holders.

Architectural Safari

October 6, 2021
3:00pm – 5:00pm

Tickets: $50

Calling all high school architectural enthusiasts!

Join us for a docent led tour of three mid-century modern gems located in New Canaan. Learn about why this architecture came to New Canaan and what makes it special.

Space is limited to 15. Meeting will be at the New Canaan Museum & Historical Society.


October 7, 2021
11:30am – 2:30pm

Tickets: $75   

Lunch4design kicks off the month with renowned ceramist Frances Palmer.

Frances Palmer received her BA at Barnard and MA at Columbia University, both in Art History, and identifies as a self-taught potter. Her works take classic design elements and add an unexpected twist. She has been featured in numerous magazines, including House & Garden, World of Interiors, Vogue, Elle Décor and Martha Stewart Living.

A limited number of her unique vessels will be available for purchase. This event includes a catered lunch with wine.

Modern New Canaan: Evolution of Design + Three Iconic Houses

October 17, 2021
4:00pm – 6:00pm

This event is free

The New Canaan Museum & Historical Society will broadcast two programs produced by its Modern New Canaan initiative: Evolution of Design and Three Iconic Houses.

The first program is a 25 minute presentation on why New Canaan became the destination for mid-century modern architects and what makes their work distinctive. The second, a film by Devon Chivvis, explores three iconic houses in New Canaan – the Celanese House designed by Edward Durrell Stone, the Chivvis House designed by Eliot Noyes with an addition by Alan Goldberg, and the Boissonais House designed by Philip Johnson.

The evening will conclude in a round table discussion with homeowners, architects, and the filmmaker.

nea studio Cocoon House Presentation

October 19, 2021
7:00pm – 8:30pm

This event is free

Join us for a program with Nina Anker of nea studio as she discusses her latest book Cocoon House published in August of 2021. Anker’s personal home on Long Island, the cocoon, is revolutionary; architects, students, and lovers of design will appreciate its sustainable and innovative concept, exceptional construction, solar lighting, and fabulous furnishings.

Copies of her book will be available for purchase.

Nina’s Headshot by O. Sloan
the cocoon Photos by Caylon Hackwith

Cocktails at BassamFellows

October 22, 2021
6:00pm – 8:00pm

Tickets: $90

Join us for cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and conversation at the BassamFellows headquarters in Ridgefield, located in the restored Schlumberger Building designed by Philip Johnson.

Architect Craig Bassam and Creative Director Scott Fellows have a fully integrated luxury lifestyle brand stemming from their shared aesthetic sensibilities. BassamFellows includes architectural projects and interiors, as well as furniture, lifestyle objects, and personal accessories. From its inception, the company has focused on building relationships with some of the world’s leading craftspeople, while forging innovative collaborations across the world of architecture, branding, and design.

Space is limited.

Modern House Day Tour + Symposium

October 23, 2021
9:00am – 7:00pm

Patron Level Tickets: $500
Friend Level Tickets: $275

The day begins with a morning symposium organized by Cole Akers, Curator + Special Projects Manager, The Glass House. The symposium will be followed by lunch, an afternoon tour of a selection of New Canaan’s modern houses, and an evening cocktail reception where architects, designers, and visitors can gather at the end of the day’s activities.

Architect docents in each house will explain significant features, and docents on every bus will point out other New Canaan landmarks.

Details of logistics will be sent to ticket holders. Space is limited.

Hotel Marcel Lecture and Hard Hat Tour

October 24, 2021
11:00am – 12:30pm

Please contact Nancy Geary to put yourself on the wait list.

Architect and developer Bruce Becker leads a hard-hat tour of his new hotel, the Marcel, in New Haven.

Designed by Marcel Breuer, and previously the historic Pirelli Building, this boutique hotel features 165 rooms, a restaurant, gallery, and meeting space. With its unique geometric design, this boutique hotel utilizes high-tech materials and technologies to emit a low energy output. It has been named the first Passive House certified hotel in the United States.

Visit this sustainable masterpiece and learn about Becker’s plans for Hotel Marcel’s future.

Image courtesy of Becker + Becker

Bauhaus 1919 - 1933: Origins and Evolution

October 26, 2021
7:00pm – 8:00pm

This event is free

Mark Markiewicz, AIA, explores the origins and evolution of the Bauhaus movement (1919-1933).

Learn about the personalities involved, and the impact the movement had on art, architecture, and design. Architect and former President of the New Canaan Museum & Historical Society, Markiewicz graduated from Princeton and has served as the leading designer on numerous houses and buildings


A Lecture by Mark Markiewicz on the Architecture of Eero Saarinen

October4design is an annual celebration of art, architecture, community and design in New Canaan.

Sponsored by the Town of New Canaan, Ring’s End and Marvin Windows, the 2020 adapted to the Covid-19 pandemic using virtual platforms to maximize the experience. 

You can see Architect and former President of the Board of Governors Mark Markiewicz deliver a fascinating lecture on the architecture of Eero Saarinen.

The event also featured a luncheon with French Bull founder Jackie Shapiro.

Publication of Landis Gores: Architecture of Konsequenz by NCM&HS – Copies will be available for sale at the New Canaan Museum on January 12, 2021.  The price is $65.