We are thrilled to announce ‘the improvised life’ latest giveaway: Abrams’ lush coffee table book Artists’ Handmade Houses, with text by Michael Gotkin and photographs by Don Freeman. It is a sublime collection of thirteen homes created by artists and master craftsmen, both infamous and little known. We first learned about it when we saw images of sculptor Raoul Hague‘s eccentric, inspired cabin in Woodstock, New York on Mondoblogo. The title of the post was “Who the Hell is Raoul Hague?“, which we didn’t know either. But we were smitten by Hague’s rustic, beautiful, wildly improvised home and workspace, especially his bedroom with its pivoting lectern rigged to make it easy to read in bed.
At first glance, Artists’ Handmade Houses might not seem to offer practical ideas for the ‘everyday’ person working on his own space. By the time we’d finished our first run through the book, it was studded with post-it notes, flagging the many compelling – and useable – ideas we found in the imaginative spaces. We love Paulo Soleri’s multi-level cantilever table at Cosanti that serves as a kitchen island, workspace and dining table (not to mention the strangely chic beat-up metal folding chairs)…
…and the simple asymetrical cabinetry in his bathroom that offers both closed storage and shelves for displaying beautiful objects…
From Russel Wright’s kitchen at Manitoga, we took the idea of a thick hardwood board acting as both shelf and potrack, and placing a shelf low above the counter to hide electrical switches.
Also from Manitoga, a moderne sideboard with dramatic rocks for legs. “The reversible Formica doors on the living room cabinet below are red on one side––for fall and winter––and white on the other––for spring and summer.”
…throughout Artists’ Handmade Houses, we found our eye being “opened” to color in a new way…
The book is a treasure. We’ll post more ideas from it in the coming weeks.
To enter the giveaway, all you have to do is write a Comment (in the form at the end of this post) telling us something you’ve fantasized doing to YOUR space if you had the wherewithal (money or practicality is no object). The last day to enter is
Monday, July 18th. Tuesday July 19th. The winner will be chosen by random.org. and announced on Tuesday July 19th Wednesday, July 20th.
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