The Raymond Farm Center for Living Arts and Design


 

The Raymond Farm Center for Living Arts & Design is a non-profit arts organization based in New Hope, Pennsylvania at the former studio/home of the designer-architects Noémi and Antonin Raymond. In addition to our mission of the preservation and repurposing of the historic structures that make up the Raymond Farm, the Raymond Farm Center is an art, design, and cultural center and an artist-in-residency program serving the Bucks County community and the greater Philadelphia/New York region. 

The Raymond Farm was originally the home and summer studio of Noémi and Antonin Raymond. The Raymonds' international careers, which spanned from the 1910s through the 1970s, included practicing architecture in addition to designing furniture, lighting and textile designs, as well as ceramics, flatware, and ironwork. Working between their Japan and New York offices, the Raymonds established one of the most avant-garde design studios in the world.  In Japan, Antonin would eventually become known as the “Father of Modern Architecture." In 1937, with war looming in Japan and Europe, the Raymonds returned their practice to New York and set up a summer studio/home on an 18th C. Quaker farm in Bucks County. Dubbed “the New Hope Experiment,” the Raymond Farm served as a live/work atelier that taught practical design solutions. Here, the Raymond Farm apprentices would learn by working in the studio, while also assisting in the farm work itself.  During the summer months, the Raymonds would frequently host their friends - artists, musicians, writers, architects, and scholars - who would often welcome a sojourn in the Bucks County countryside. Hence, the Raymond Farm became more than a home and studio, but a way of life rooted in nature, beauty, art, and work.

The Raymond Farm Center for Living Arts & Design is a member of CultureWorks of Greater Philadelphia.