Oasis: Modern Desert Homes Around the World

iO Tillett Wright. Clarkson Potter, $40 (288p) ISBN 978-0-52557-515-3
Tillet Wright documents 25 stunning modern homes in this polished offering. The homes surveyed were built in desert locations across the United States and Latin America and are presented with punchy descriptions and captions alongside perfectly captured images from architectural photographer Casey Dunn. Tillett Wright, who owns his own secluded home in Joshua Tree, Calif., explains how each homeowner landed in such far-flung locales and the stories behind their design choices. For example, Scott Pask, a Broadway set designer, uses his “keen eye for color, material, and furnishings” throughout his home in Tucson, Ariz. Other standouts include a chic rental property in Marfa, Tex., owned by hotelier Liz Lambert, the “cool aunt of modern desert living,” and painter Georgia O’Keeffe’s New Mexico home, the Southwestern design elements of which have come to be widely mimicked. The B8 House in Canela, Chile, located deep in the desert, three hours drive north of Santiago, may be one of the most isolated and boasts a sleek rectangle shape framed entirely in wraparound glass, with a bedroom just steps from the Pacific Ocean. Houses are described with a contractor’s level of detail and captured with an Instagram influencer’s eye for personality. This aspirational lookbook will delight any photographer, artist, or design enthusiast. (Nov.)
Reviewed on : 09/23/2020
Release date: 11/10/2020
Genre: Nonfiction
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