From Cade Manning Hayes and Jesús Edmundo Robles Jr. of Tucson, Arizona–based architecture firm Dust, the Tucson Mountain Retreat is an extension of the Sonoran desert. Built of rammed earth, charred wood, and Spanish cedar, the structure is reminiscent of Amangiri, the modern resort in Utah. The interior is decorated with African art, vintage Navajo textiles, and the work of local artists. Says Hayes of the design: “We thought of it as a vessel in which to experience the desert flora, fauna, and light.” Here’s a look at the interiors, with sourcing ideas straight from the architects (and a few of our own to match).
Above: Brick, shou sugi ban, wood, and concrete meet in the living room decorated with vintage textiles and custom chairs designed by the firm. Photograph by Esto/Jeff Goldberg, courtesy of Dust.
Above: “The idea is that the architecture fades to the background once you’re inside,” Hayes says, and becomes a container for life curated with arts and crafts that hold a special story.” Photograph by Esto/Jeff Goldberg, courtesy of DUST.
Above: A bedroom with art by Tucson artist Jim Waid. Photograph by Esto/Jeff Goldberg, courtesy of Dust.
Above: The Steel Frame and Rope Chairs are designed by Dust and available to order directly through the architecture firm.
Above: The Box Frame Narrow Side Table in wood and antique bronze is $249 at West Elm.
Above: The Box Frame Nesting Tables with wood tops are $249 at West Elm.
Above: The Steel Frame and Leather Chairs are designed by Dust and available to order directly through the architecture firm.
Above: Baer Joinery in Tucson, made the Live-Edge Sonoran Mesquite Slab Coffee Table with finger-joint construction. Contact Baer Joinery for more information.
Above: We could imagine something like Oscar Maschera’s Caballito Blanco Sheepskin and Suede Bench in the living room; $3,040 at Horne.
Fabrics & Linens
Above: The Vintage Tibetan Wool Rug is 30 inches by 62 inches and is currently on sale at ABC Carpet & Home for $2,940.
Above: From Texas artist Alyson Fox, the Symbols Rug II is made in collaboration with a small women’s weaving coop in Africa; $400 for the 25.5-by-36-inch rug.
Above: The Arcade Avec Cream Summertime Throw Blanket made from handspun 100 percent wool is $495 at ABC Carpet & Home.
Above: Ogallala’s Harvester Sleeping Pillow fabric is unbleached, undyed, and chemical-free. The material is a double-layered 312-thread-count cotton, edged with matching cotton piping. The natural cover fabric is a lightly speckled ecru. Available in your choice of fill, size, and firmness; from $115 at Monarch Fly Away. For more, see our post 10 Easy Pieces: Organic Bed Pillows.
Above: The bed is a custom wall-hung headboard upholstered in African Kuba cloth from Lawrence of La Brea. Shown here is a Kuba Cloth woven in raffia for £50 ($64) at Kuba Cloth in the UK. You can also find vintage Kuba textiles on eBay.
Above: Potter Victoria Morris designs Handmade Table Lamps, available through her online shop. For more on her designs, see our post Ceramic Table Lamps from an LA Modernist.
Above: Custom handles cast at Metaphysic+6 Studio in Tucson are set into the shou sugi ban walls. Photograph by architect Cade Hayes.
Above: The Peterman Wood Bowl is made from fallen cherry trees; $95 at Lost & Found.
For more desert and bohemian interiors, see our posts:
- Designer Visit: Q&A with Diane Keaton
- Steal This Look: Bohemian Mix in an LA Bedroom
- Steal This Look: Tent Bedroom at El Cosmico in Marfa, Texas
- Shopper’s Diary: The Kitchen Sink and More at Set & Co. in Dallas
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