THE DESIGN OF RETREATS: CABINS, COTTAGES AND HIDEOUTS

by Laura May Todd (Lannoo/Taschen Publishers)

It’s always illuminating to see the homes owned by leading interior designers, but it’s also exhilarating to see where they go when not at home—or at least where it is they go for a different version of home. The design writer Laura May Todd focuses on 40 getaways that leading designers have either fashioned for themselves or for their clients. We visit locales as varied as a chateau by French designer Pierre Yovanovitch, a compound near Marrakech from Studio KO, the New York–based General Assembly’s version of a Hudson Valley farmhouse, and South African artist Porky Hefer’s retreat in the Namib Desert. It’s in these kinds of retreats that a designer feels, perhaps, most at home with their creativity.