Sunnylands - book
The definitive story of the most ambitious and glamorous midcentury-modern house in the United States—Sunnylands, the estate of Walter and Leonore Annenberg, in Rancho Mirage, California—now revised and expanded. In...
The definitive story of the most ambitious and glamorous midcentury-modern house in the United States—Sunnylands, the estate of Walter and Leonore Annenberg, in Rancho Mirage, California—now revised and expanded.
In Palm Springs, the mecca of midcentury-modern architecture, Sunnylands is the undisputed masterpiece. With its pastel green and yellow interior and giddy pink roof, it was a Versailles for the Space Age. There is no other house like it anywhere: designed by one of California’s most important architects, A. Quincy Jones, it possesses the only completely preserved interior by Hollywood’s decorator-to-the-stars, William Haines. Completed in 1966, Sunnylands was built by media moguls Walter and Leonore Annenberg, and became a seat of power where presidents, movie stars, and corporate leaders. among them the Reagans, Queen Elizavetg II, Bob Hope, Truman Capote, Nelson Rockefeller, Oscar de la Renta, and more, met, relaxed, and ran the world—with nobody watching. To mark the 10th anniversary of the opening of Sunnylands to the public, this revised edition adds 32 pages of new photography of the now-mature 15 acres of contemplative gardens by Jim Burnett; a new LEED Platinum building by o2 Architecture of Palm Springs with 17 acres of breathtaking net-zero-water-use landscaping, not open to the public and only accessible here; and art installations created for the world-renowned Desert X festival. Lavishly illustrated, this book is a must-have for fans of midcentury design.