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Shaped after a classic medicine capsule, these carafes have a lid that doubles as a glass. Perfect for serving separate cocktails or a particular drink for individual guests at a party.

Welcome to the best in design for modern living. Our latest essential edit includes an ingenious desk, desert architecture and the ultimate in modular sofas.

2019

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TOP BLACK DESERT HOUSE, YUCCA VALLEY, CALIFORNIA BY OLLER & PEJIC ARCHITECTURE. ABOVE FOUR EYES HOUSE, COACHELLA VALLEY, CALIFORNIA BY EDWARD OGOSTA ARCHITECTURE. BELOW GHOST WASH HOUSE, PARADISE VALLEY, ARIZONA BY A-I-R, INC. DARREN PETRUCCI ARCHITECT. BOTTOM VILLA D, AL OUIDANE, MOROCCO BY STUDIO KO. IMAGES COURTESY OF MARC ANGELES / EDWARD OGOSTA ARCHITECTURE / BILL TIMMERMAN / DAN GLASSER

Deserts are environments of the extreme. While challenging in both temperature and terrain, the undeniable beauty of these vast, powerful landscapes is attracting bold inhabitants and equally-bold architecture. From hidden escapes, sympathetic to their surrounds, to statement party houses in the social valley of Coachella, Living in the Desert by Phaidon showcases the bold and the beautiful in isolationist building. Hot design has never looked so cool – and check out those views...

LOCUST

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Handmade in Portugal by Around The Tree, the Locust desk blends craftsmanship with statement design and full-on utility. Literally a Power Desk, the dynamic angular construction hides ready-installed electrics, so your work area isn’t ruined by cables, and enough storage to keep the most precise amongst us happy.

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Designed in 1968, Gyrofocus is an iconic fireplace created by Focus in France. The first fireplace that could be suspended away from wall structures, it also rotates a full 360 degrees so it can be directed towards any part of a room (or poolside). Elegant and retro-futuristic, it was voted the ‘world’s most beautiful object’ in 2009 and has been exhibited in New York’s Guggenheim Museum.

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AGIO

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Created by Paola Lenti, the Agio is a modular sofa system with a range of customisable elements. From simple corner sofas to elaborate seating islands, the low-slung pieces have adjustable backrests for upright or more-relaxed lounging. Wooden tables with various finishes can also be interconnected and a range of complimentary loose cushions and floor rugs finish the look.

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"No two materials are alike. No two sites on earth are alike. No two buildings have the same purpose. The purpose, the site, the material determine the shape. Nothing can be reasonable or beautiful unless it’s made by one central idea, and the idea sets every detail. A building is alive, like a man."

Ayn Rand The Fountainhead

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