Liljestrand House

Liljestrand House Liljestrand Foundation was created in 2007 to preserve and steward Liljestrand House on Mount Tantalus, overlooking Honolulu. The Foundation builds global awareness of its architectural significance through guided tours, public programs and publications.
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Liljestrand House was built in 1952 by Howard and Betty Liljestrand and is recognized as an outstanding example of Vladimir Ossipoff’s work and mid-twentieth century modern architecture. Everything in the house is much as it was when the Liljestrands lived there. The family remained lifelong friends with Ossipoff and every piece of furniture and art was selected or approved by the architect. Throughout the years, no changes were made without consulting Ossipoff. Additionally, every drawing, photo, receipt and communication related to the building of the house is preserved in the archive. Liljestrand Foundation is a 501(c)(3) private operating foundation. The preservation and maintenance of the property along with the development of program initiatives such as the Design Conversation Series and Margins of the Sea, are made possible through the generous support of Friends of Liljestrand Members, donors, sponsors and tour guests.

Came across this aerial shot in the archives. Must be from around 10-15 years ago or so. Love how distinctive the foot p...
02/12/2021

Came across this aerial shot in the archives. Must be from around 10-15 years ago or so. Love how distinctive the foot paths are when viewed from above, carved into the landscape. #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #ossipoff #vladimirossipoff #hawaiianmodern #tropicalmodern #hawaiilandscape

Some pics Bob Liljestrand took in the early 2000s of Ossipoff’s cabins at Palehua. They’re in the process of being resto...
02/08/2021

Some pics Bob Liljestrand took in the early 2000s of Ossipoff’s cabins at Palehua. They’re in the process of being restored by @ossipoffcabin check out their progress! As @grmhrt says in a recent article for @fluxhawaii written by @timothyaschuler Palehua is Ossipoff’s “thought process”

You know it’s a chilly day up on Tantalus when mittens are required to enjoy the pavilion! #berniemittens
01/22/2021

You know it’s a chilly day up on Tantalus when mittens are required to enjoy the pavilion! #berniemittens

A perfect refuge from the past several weeks. Cheers to a brighter 2021! #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #ossip...
01/21/2021

A perfect refuge from the past several weeks. Cheers to a brighter 2021! #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #ossipoff #vladimirossipoff #hawaiianmodern #midcenturymodern #tropicalmodern

Howard Liljestrand’s mother Ethel, in a solitary moment in front of the living room windows soon after the house was fin...
12/29/2020

Howard Liljestrand’s mother Ethel, in a solitary moment in front of the living room windows soon after the house was finished in 1952. It took Ossipoff several years to finish the interiors after the family moved in so the custom settees and the DUX chairs aren’t there yet but you can catch a glimpse of a Bruno Mathsson chair on the right side. #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #ossipoff #vladimirossipoff #hawaiianmodern #midcenturymodern

Liljestrand family Christmas, circa 1950s. From all of us at Liljestrand Foundation, wishing you a healthy and happy hol...
12/22/2020

Liljestrand family Christmas, circa 1950s.

From all of us at Liljestrand Foundation, wishing you a healthy and happy holiday season! We hope to see you in 2021! #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #ossipoff #vladimirossipoff #midcenturymodern #hawaiianmodern #tropicalmodern

When the Liljestrand’s first met with Ossipoff, Betty gave him an 11-page document of everything she wanted in the kitch...
12/11/2020

When the Liljestrand’s first met with Ossipoff, Betty gave him an 11-page document of everything she wanted in the kitchen. The open plan and multi-use areas such as the sewing cabinet, built in typewriter and rolodex were unusual for the time. Even 70 years later, the kitchen feels modern and completely usable. 📷: Bob Liljestrand #midcenturykitchen #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #ossipoff #vladimirossipoff #hawaiianmodern #tropicalmodern

If you’ve visited Liljestrand House, you’ll probably recognize these little guys, the daruma figures that live on the st...
12/07/2020

If you’ve visited Liljestrand House, you’ll probably recognize these little guys, the daruma figures that live on the steps going down to the playroom. Howard and Betty Liljestrand purchased them in 1978 from Things Japanese in Honolulu. When they brought them home, Howard dressed them up in his hats on the living room rug. #daruma #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #ossipoff #vladimirossipoff #hawaiianmodern #midcenturymodern

Tomorrow is #givingtuesday ! Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to Liljestrand Foundation! Despite what ma...
11/30/2020

Tomorrow is #givingtuesday ! Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to Liljestrand Foundation! Despite what many people think, the Foundation is not primarily funded by the family. The majority of revenue comes from donations, tours, programs and events and as with many nonprofits, 2020 has been a tough year.

After Liljestrand family patriarch, Howard passed away in 2004, Bob Liljestrand came up with a plan to save the house in perpetuity and make it available to the public. He created the Foundation to which he and his siblings gifted the house. It was a many year process, not without enormous challenges. Liljestrand House could easily have been sold and it’s entirely possible that a buyer would have knocked it down to build a new, more easily maintained house.

We need your help to preserve this iconic home, the only private residence designed by Vladimir Ossipoff that is open to the public!

#liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #ossipoff #vladimirossipoff #midcenturymodern #hawaiianmodern #savingplaces

Happy to announce that we have reopened for tours! We’ve added new precautions and other measures to ensure a safe exper...
11/20/2020

Happy to announce that we have reopened for tours! We’ve added new precautions and other measures to ensure a safe experience. There are only a limited number of tours on the calendar for the remainder of 2020 so book your tour quickly! Reservations can be made on our website, link in bio. Can’t wait to see you! #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #ossipoff #vladimirossipoff #hawaiianmodern #midcenturymodern #savingplaces

Peruvian architect Luis Longhi met VP of Liljestrand Foundation Vicky Durand during a visit to Liljestrand House when he...
11/19/2020

Peruvian architect Luis Longhi met VP of Liljestrand Foundation Vicky Durand during a visit to Liljestrand House when he was teaching at University of Hawaii. Vicky and her mother visited Peru as surfing ambassadors in 1960 to promote women’s surfing, the inspiration for Vicky’s @wavewomanbook Join Luis and Vicky for a conversation about Lima in the 60s, from surfing to modernism. Saturday, November 21, 2pm Hawaii time via IG Live @luislonghi_architect #hawaiimodern #hawaiisurfing #perumodern #surfing #midcenturymodern

View from the kitchen window out onto the terrace, circa late 50s. Before the current day terra cotta tile and concrete ...
11/13/2020

View from the kitchen window out onto the terrace, circa late 50s. Before the current day terra cotta tile and concrete planters, the terrace was grassed and sloped down to ground level! The three legged stools were designed by Ossipoff. #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #ossipoff #vladimirossipoff #hawaiianmodern #midcenturymodern #tropicalmodern

Friends of Howard Liljestrand playing cribbage in the living room in 1956. The card table, along with three others still...
11/06/2020

Friends of Howard Liljestrand playing cribbage in the living room in 1956. The card table, along with three others still live in a hidden little “card table closet” in the entryway. The Liljestrand’s wanted a place for everything and Ossipoff happily obliged. Notice the pair of Bruno Matthson #36 lounge chairs in the corner. If only we still had these! #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #ossipoff #vladimirossipoff #brunomatthson #midcenturymodern #hawaiianmodern #tropicalmodern

The guava branch coffee table is one of the many pieces of furniture that Ossipoff designed for the house. Ossipoff want...
10/27/2020

The guava branch coffee table is one of the many pieces of furniture that Ossipoff designed for the house. Ossipoff wanted a branch with three points up and three points down so he sent Howard Liljestrand into the forest to find one. One of the Liljestrand children later commented that it was the only time she had heard her father swear - trying to find the perfect branch. Ossipoff drew the top out on butcher paper and had Min’s Plastic in Honolulu cut it out of plexiglass. He did not like the green edge of glass. #ossipoff #vladimirossipoff #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #hawaiianmodern #midcenturymodern #tropicalmodern #savingplaces

Monstera shadows in the hallway #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #ossipoff #vladimirossipoff #hawaiianmodern #mi...
10/05/2020

Monstera shadows in the hallway #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #ossipoff #vladimirossipoff #hawaiianmodern #midcenturymodern #savingplaces

This is Eric, the youngest of the four Liljestrand children. When Bob Liljestrand (seated on diving board in 2nd pic) ca...
09/24/2020

This is Eric, the youngest of the four Liljestrand children. When Bob Liljestrand (seated on diving board in 2nd pic) came up with the idea of creating a foundation to preserve the house and make it available to the public, Eric was fully onboard. He and Bob sold their respective homes in order to pay the tax bill on the property so that it could be gifted to the newly created foundation. Eric passed away in 2016 but his legacy lives on. Without his belief, enthusiasm and generosity, it would not have been possible to preserve and share Liljestrand House. #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #vladimirossipoff #ossipoff #hawaiianmodern #midcenturymodern #historichome #savingplaces @ Liljestrand House

Our Eames 3rd generation DCM from Evans is back where it belongs, in the powder room off of the library! Thank you John ...
09/01/2020

Our Eames 3rd generation DCM from Evans is back where it belongs, in the powder room off of the library! Thank you John @hawaii_modern for your extraordinary restoration work on this piece! 🙏 We are forever grateful! It was a delaminated rusty mess in need of a ton of TLC + a bit of magic. #eamesdcm #vladimirossipoff #ossipoff #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #midcenturymodern #hawaiianmodern

Dreaming of taking a dip in the pool on this hot day. Even up on the mountain it’s 🔥🌞🔥with not a breeze in sight. As Oss...
08/26/2020

Dreaming of taking a dip in the pool on this hot day. Even up on the mountain it’s 🔥🌞🔥with not a breeze in sight. As Ossipoff once said, air conditioning is evil! #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #vladimirossipoff #ossipoff #midcenturymodern #hawaiianmodern

Magical reflection of the backyard on the acrylic case that holds the model of the house. The downstairs fireplace never...
08/19/2020

Magical reflection of the backyard on the acrylic case that holds the model of the house. The downstairs fireplace never worked well and over the years, the Liljestrands used the space for decorative baskets, pots and tchotchkes. After the Hawaiian Modern retrospective on Ossipoff by @sakamotoarch from 2007-2009, the model from the exhibit came back to Honolulu and the fireplace proved to be the perfect home for it. #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #ossipoff #vladimirossipoff #hawaiianmodern #midcenturymodern #tropicalmodernism

Lots of work happening this week! Some of the gutters are in dire need of repair. One of the sections along the dining r...
08/13/2020

Lots of work happening this week! Some of the gutters are in dire need of repair. One of the sections along the dining room had been leaking so badly, it hastened the deterioration of the deck so we’re replacing the planks. Another section along the ocean side of the house looked like a loose tooth, threatening to fall off. I kind of loved the ferns growing out of it, but they had to go! This was a tough project to get off the ground. Not many people are interested in taking on a 70 year old gutter system. Glad to have found T. Taketa Sheet Metal and @wavebuilders thanks to Glenn Mason @masonarchitects Many mahalos to architect John Ike and his firm @ikekligermanbarkley for making this long awaited and much needed project possible! #historicpreservation #thisoldhouse #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #ossipoff #vladimirossipoff #hawaiianmodern #midcenturymodern @ Liljestrand House

Carved wooden rhino makes a great bulletin board. Howard Liljestrand brought this little guy back from Africa in the 90s...
08/12/2020

Carved wooden rhino makes a great bulletin board. Howard Liljestrand brought this little guy back from Africa in the 90s and he’s lived on the kitchen island ever since. If you need to leave a message for someone in the house and want to ensure it will be seen, stick it on his horn. Occasionally we dress him up! #bulletinboard #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #vladimirossipoff #ossipoff #hawaiianmodern #midcenturymodern @ Liljestrand House

Before the Van Keppel Green furniture, there was a pair of Barwa lounge chairs on the pool deck. Betty Liljestrand purch...
07/31/2020

Before the Van Keppel Green furniture, there was a pair of Barwa lounge chairs on the pool deck. Betty Liljestrand purchased them in 1952 and had them recovered in 1955. The Barwa chair was designed by Edgar Bartolucci and John Waldheim and was introduced in 1947. Last 2 images are the receipts. Our facilities and events manager, Trudy, unearthed the aluminum frames this week! Amazingly, they are in pretty good condition. Adding them to the list of future restoration projects! #barwachair #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #ossipoff #vladimirossipoff #hawaiianmodern #midcenturymodern @ Liljestrand House

The pillows are glowing! #goldenhour #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #ossipoff #vladimirossipoff #hawaiianmoder...
07/18/2020

The pillows are glowing! #goldenhour #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #ossipoff #vladimirossipoff #hawaiianmodern

Backyard party circa late 1960s. In-ground trampoline used to be outside of the guest room. Later, it was moved down nea...
07/02/2020

Backyard party circa late 1960s. In-ground trampoline used to be outside of the guest room. Later, it was moved down near the pool. Wish we still had it, could make our programs and parties extra fun! #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #vladimirossipoff #ossipoff #hawaiianmodern #midcenturymodern #shotsfromthearchives @ Liljestrand House

06/18/2020

A symphony of sound made by the kitchen window as it rolls down. Motor was made from an old hospital bed mechanism with a series of pulleys and springs. The original window was a set of pocket windows but Betty didn’t like seeing the window frames when closed. So Howard offered to design a window that would go up and down with the flip of a switch. The mechanism broke after Howard passed away and it didn’t work for many years. One day, a guest on a tour asked about the window. When he was told that it was not working, he said “I’m an electrical engineer, I live in a Frank Lloyd Wright house and I would like to fix that for you.” And sure enough about a year later, a set of tools arrived in the mail and he arrived a couple of days later to fix the window! Sometimes the right person shows up at the right time. #rollingwindow #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #ossipoff #vladimirossipoff #hawaiianmodern #midcenturymodern

Bob Liljestrand’s feet heading up the stairs, or as he calls it, the “Dwell” shot. Using time in the empty house to take...
05/05/2020

Bob Liljestrand’s feet heading up the stairs, or as he calls it, the “Dwell” shot. Using time in the empty house to take photos for his upcoming book. #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #ossipoff #vladimirossipoff #hawaiianmodern #midcenturymodern #housemuseum

Solitary moment to enjoy sunset at one of our Design Conversations last fall. #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #...
05/01/2020

Solitary moment to enjoy sunset at one of our Design Conversations last fall. #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #ossipoff #vladimirossipoff #hawaiianmodern #midcenturymodern #designconversationseries

View from the side of Punchbowl up to the top of Tantalus. Setting sun reflecting off the windows for just a moment #lil...
04/20/2020

View from the side of Punchbowl up to the top of Tantalus. Setting sun reflecting off the windows for just a moment #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #ossipoff #vladimirossipoff #hawaiianmodern #midcenturymodern

Sunset shadows in the master bedroom #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #ossipoff #vladimirossipoff #hawaiianmoder...
04/17/2020

Sunset shadows in the master bedroom #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #ossipoff #vladimirossipoff #hawaiianmodern #midcenturymodern

Love all of the new river rocks added to the front of the house. Reminiscent of a #japanesegarden The landscaping was or...
04/13/2020

Love all of the new river rocks added to the front of the house. Reminiscent of a #japanesegarden The landscaping was originally quite different and required an irrigation system with constant tending. In recent decades it’s become more minimal. #thelittlethings #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #ossipoff #vladimirossipoff #hawaiianmodern #midcenturymodern

Moving some furniture back to their original locations. The “Super Senior “Contour Chair was a custom chair purchased fr...
04/08/2020

Moving some furniture back to their original locations. The “Super Senior “Contour Chair was a custom chair purchased from Contour Chairs Company of Chicago around 1956 for $274. Fabric is “tangerine” Kagan Dreyfus. Howard and Betty purchased 2 of them, each sized to fit them perfectly by sending their measurements to the company. Only Howard’s chair remains and was recently moved from the downstairs Playroom back to its’ original location in the study off the master bedroom. #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #contourchair #midcenturyfurniture #midcenturymodern #hawaiianmodern #vladimirossipoff #ossipoff

Rainy day reflections #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #ossipoff #vladimirossipoff #hawaiianmodern #midcenturymo...
04/07/2020

Rainy day reflections #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #ossipoff #vladimirossipoff #hawaiianmodern #midcenturymodern

Perfect cloudless day on the mountain. 🌞 #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #ossipoff #vladimirossipoff #hawaiianm...
04/03/2020

Perfect cloudless day on the mountain. 🌞 #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #ossipoff #vladimirossipoff #hawaiianmodern #midcenturymodern

Beautiful anytime of the day or night but when it’s full of people is when Liljestrand House comes to life. Hope everyon...
03/28/2020

Beautiful anytime of the day or night but when it’s full of people is when Liljestrand House comes to life. Hope everyone is staying safe and healthy and we look forward to the day we can open the house again. #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #ossipoff #vladimirossipoff #hawaiianmodern

With no one around Bob is using the time to move furniture around and take photos for his upcoming book about Liljestran...
03/24/2020

With no one around Bob is using the time to move furniture around and take photos for his upcoming book about Liljestrand House. The rosewood Eames chair was purchased in the early 60s and lived in the library for a while. #eamesloungechair #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #ossipoff #vladimirossipoff #hawaiianmodern #midcenturymodern

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Historic architecture and beautiful setting.
Celebrated speakers address the role of creative arts and climate change at the beautiful and historic Liljestrand House on May 14 and 15. DETAILS AND REGISTRATION: https://www.liljestrandhouse.org/announcements/ for Margins of the Sea: Peace. Global Understanding. Climate Change. Plus a reception following presentations each night! Here is the story on KITV: