Sunnylands : America's Midcentury Masterpiece
by Janice Lyle and Michael S. Smith and Mark Davidson


Overview - With its pastel green and yellow interior, its dazzling collection of Impressionist paintings, and long, low sofas that look like vintage Cadillac convertibles, Sunnylands was a Versailles for the Space Age. In Palm Springs, the mecca of midcentury modern architecture, this immaculately preserved estate is considered the undisputed masterpiece, envisioned by A.  Read more...

 
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Overview
With its pastel green and yellow interior, its dazzling collection of Impressionist paintings, and long, low sofas that look like vintage Cadillac convertibles, Sunnylands was a Versailles for the Space Age. In Palm Springs, the mecca of midcentury modern architecture, this immaculately preserved estate is considered the undisputed masterpiece, envisioned by A. Quincy Jones, one of California's most important architects, and furnished by California's great decorator-to-the-stars, William Haines. Built by media moguls, art collectors, and diplomats Walter and Leonore Annenberg, Sunnylands became a seat of power where politicians, movie stars, and corporate leaders could meet, relax, reflect, make deals, and run the world--all with nobody watching. For four decades, an invitation to New Year's Eve at Sunnylands was the ultimate social prize. Exquisitely illustrated, Sunnylands is a must-have for every fan of midcentury design.


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  • ISBN-13: 9780865653313
  • ISBN-10: 0865653313
  • Publisher: Vendome Press
  • Publish Date: November 2016
  • Page Count: 256
  • Dimensions: 12.3 x 10.4 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.65 pounds


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In Rancho Mirage, California, in the middle of hundreds of miles of desert, sits a lush 200-acre estate—a paragon of midcentury modern design. Sunnylands tells the story of the historic estate, which was created by philanthropists Walter and Leonore Annenberg in the mid-1960s. Design and architecture enthusiasts will swoon over page after page of crisp, light-drenched photographs that provide a window to a bygone era and a lavish lifestyle. Sunnylands was built to accommodate stunning collections of impressionist paintings and other artworks, as well as regular entertaining; the Annenbergs’ social circle included several U.S. presidents, foreign dignitaries, businessmen and celebrities. (There’s a wonderful image of Ronald Reagan, seated on a pink sofa in a red sweater and houndstooth slacks, giving his final radio address as president over the phone.) The Annenbergs enlisted an architect, interior designer and landscape designer to collaborate and bring their vision to life, and the result was—and is, for the estate is open to visitors today—“a fresh paradigm of American glamour, a modernist country house sensitive to both the region and the climate.”

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