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The Private Homes of Artists

Artists Handmade Houses book art home decor

Sometimes the most beautiful houses are ones that have been handcrafted by their owners. Artists’ Handmade Houses, by the NY-based landscape architect Michael Owen Gotkin, is a coffee table book that offers a peek at some early examples of these sorts of homes, built from the late-19th century to the mid-20th century.

Paolo Soleri outside dining art home decor

The home of Architect Paolo Soleri in Arizona seems stilled by the stifling heat of Arizona, as if setting an example for how to live in such a climate, by barely moving.
Paolo Soleri 1 art home decor

Here his cool stone cantilevered table is the connection between the indoors and outdoors, flowing from the kitchen through to the outdoor dining room and work space in the southern courtyard.

Paolo Soleri bathroom art home decor

Likewise, the wall of the bathroom also connects to the back of the fireplace in the next room and provides radiant heat in the winter. Soleri was a student of Frank Lloyd Wright and a reinterpretation of the master’s organic architecture is clear in the outside dining room and the bathroom, seemingly grown inside a cave for cool summers.

Russel Wright Living Dining art home decor

The boulders in the sunken dining room in the house of sculptor, ceramist, and tableware designer Russel Wright are evidence of the design influences imbuing his work as the result of a seminal trip to Japan in the 1950s.

Russel Wright 2 art home decor

On the land, which Wright dubbed Manitoga, he planted and cultivated native trees and wove stone paths around them, and even diverted a river into an abandoned quarry.

Artists Handmade Houses Russel Wright Kitchen art home decor

A very Japanese aesthetic informs his kitchen blending into the rocks beyond. Most of the ceramics are the artist’s own work.

George Nakashima living art home decor

American furniture designer George Nakashima embraced construction as a kind of improvisation. He built without plans, and the detailing was developed from the material on hand or that which was available.
George Nakashima kitchen art home decor

Nakashima combined American vernacular influences and Japanese sensibilities, evidenced here in the shoji screen dividing off the kitchen from the dining room.

In all, the book lovingly details thirteen interiors of homes handcrafted by artists and craftsmen in America, at a time in the early years of the twentieth century that saw a resurgence of interest in oriental design.

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6 Comments so far to “The Private Homes of Artists”
  1. Celeste Says:

    I absolutely love this home and the outdoorsy appeal it has. You can definitely see Mr. Wright's style in his work and this house is nothing short of a masterpiece! I love it!!

  2. Nathan Says:

    Fantastic cantilevered countertop – a small feat of engineering. The cave bathroom is also very clever.

  3. Renee & Rustic Crafts & Chic Decor Says:

    Great home! I love that stone cantilevered table!

  4. Susan Kraemer Says:

    You would know – Love your concrete sinks!

  5. Nathan Says:

    Thanks Susan

  6. Charlie B. Says:

    This is wonderful. Gotta get my hands on this book! I wonder how much these artists talked about their homes and the thought behind designing their living space. I read about two artists' interior design on another blog recently that is quite apt: The idea of embracing imperfection is one I certainly value (although I may just be using the phrase "embracing imperfection" as a euphemism….). Great find, thanks for sharing!

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