Nature is our largest artistic influence but, at times, we tend to step away from the canvas the universe has provided us to curate more modern designed merchandise, products, and architecture that comes from our own minds and ditches the natural elements we co-exist with. Fortunately, some designers and architects revert back to the original source, the highest and most beautiful creator of all-time in Mother Earth and that’s exactly what architect, Kendrick Bangs Kellogg did with the Desert House located in Joshua Tree, California.
The Desert House that is physically infused with the natural surrounding elements of rock and mountainous components began construction in 1988 and was completed in 1993 while the interior design curated by John Vugrin has shape-shifted several years following its structural completion.
This architectural masterpiece also known as the Organic Modern Estate sits on a lot size of ten acres, is 4,643 square feet, and features a total of three bedrooms and three and a half bathrooms. The Desert House is constructed out of several overlapping concrete plates that match the aesthetic of the surrounding desert terrain of Joshua Tree while interconnecting glass partitions act as connective tissue for the skeletal structure of the home.
A flight of stairs guides guests and dwellers to the initial foundation of the residence while the interior of the home combines elements of natural light provided through the structure’s sheltering and exterior glass barriers as literal rock formations act as walls, and a cobblestone ground adds to the environmental aesthetic of the home. Modern contemporary interior design plays a major role for the dwelling as well, as large, curvaceous wooden planks provide table foundations and a connected hanging lighting system guides the eye throughout the spacious interior of the house.
The use of glass, wooden ornaments and house appliances, natural stone formations, and contemporary design was perfectly executed by both Ken Kellogg and John Vugrin and provides artists, creators, and other designers with the incentive to utilize nature for future projects.
Now is a better time than ever to reinsert ourselves into the natural elements provided to us by Mother Earth herself, especially with the general public becoming more knowledgeable on the damaging effects we’ve previously bestowed upon our planet. We have the resources and the knowledge to cohabitate with the elements that have been here long before us and will remain here after our physical existence is no longer attainable.
The Desert House is just one example of art, man, and nature coming together to create something beautiful yet useful. Respect to both Ken Kellogg and John Vugrin for inspiring the culture.
Photos By @lance.gerber