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Gods & Dogs: The Letters and Writings of Noémi Pernessin Raymond- Lecture and House Tour

  • Location: Raymond Farm Center for Living Arts and Design
  • Dates: June 1, 2024
  • Address: 6370 Pidcock Creek Road, New Hope, PA 18938
  • Time: 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
  • Price: Adults: $30, Students with ID: $20
  • Reservations Required: Yes

House Tour of the Raymond Farm

1:00 PM- 2:30 PM

120 acres currently make up the Raymond Farm, which were purchased by Antonin and Noémi Raymond in 1938. The Raymonds were attracted to the property due to the sturdy construction of both the bank barn and Quaker farmhouse. Within a few years, the Raymonds had a bustling modern farm, which also served as an atelier where architects and artists came to hone their craft. The Raymond Farm was also home to the Raymonds' grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and is still managed by the Raymond family

Lecture | Gods & Dogs: the Letters and Writings of Noémi Pernessin Raymond

2:45 PM-4:00 PM

Gods & Dogs is a lecture that examines the RFC’s ongoing project to process and catalogue its archives of French-born, American designer Noémi Pernessin Raymond (1889-1980). The RFC’s archival collection, which contains Pernessin Raymond’s letters to her sister, newspaper clippings, photographs, essays, and drawings, spans four decades from the 1940s through the 1970s.

Pernessin Raymond, with her husband and business partner, Czech-born American architect Antonin Raymond (1888-1976), led a successful architectural design studio in Japan and the United States from the 1920s until the early 1970s. Through her unparalleled, innovative furnishings and textiles, interpreting Japanese and natural motifs with her unique modernist sensibility for architectural commissions ranging from residences to churches to office buildings, Pernessin Raymond has firmly secured her place as one of the foremost female designers of the mid-20th century. Beyond her artistic accomplishments, however, lies an even richer biography left largely untouched by contemporary scholarship.

Drawing from newly catalogued documents in the RFC collection, Project Archivist Peter Philips explores two reoccurring themes: Pernessin Raymond’s spiritual observations (Gods) and animal welfare activism (Dogs). Philips will also provide an overview of the archival project with regard to objects and quotes of intrigue, the RFC collection’s provenance, as well as other Raymond archival collections elsewhere.

Gods & Dogs: The Letters and Writings of Noémi Pernessin Raymond- Lecture and House Tour
  • June 1, 2024
  • Raymond Farm Center for Living Arts and Design