Artists’ Handmade Houses


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. This book is a treasure.

Artists’ Handmade Houses is a collection of 13 homes handcrafted by the finest artists and craftsmen in America, including George Nakashima, Henry Varnum Poor, Sam Maloof, Wharton Esherick, and Russel Wright. Built over the course of 75 years, from the late-19th century to the mid-20th century, these homes were each designed and built by the artists as an expression of their aesthetic sentiments, and in many cases, as extensions of their artwork. As such, these private domains are utterly unique and deeply imbued with each artist’s singular vision and talent.

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