Edited by Thomas Mellins and Donald Albrecht. Forword by Deborah Pope. Essays by Linda Komoroff, Keelan overton, Sharon Litterfield Tomlinson, Thomas Mellins, and Donald Albrecht. Organized by The Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art. Principal Photography by Tim Street-Porter
This compelling book accompanies the first traveling exhibition about Doris Duke's estate Shangri La and its influential synthesis of modernist architecture and Islamic art and design.
Situated on five acres of terraced gardens and pools overlooking the Pacfic Ocean and Honolulu's Diamond Head, Shangri La was the idyllic paradise of philanthropist Doris Duke, reflecting her personal passion for the art, architecture, and design of the Islamic world. The estate incorporates unique architectural features such as carved marble doorways, jalis, and floral ceramic tiles, and the decor includes silk textiles, jewel-toned chandeliers, and gilt and coffered ceilings, many collected or commissioned during her travels. This volume presents and exclusive tour of Shangri La's breathtaking interiors and landscape, including the splendid furnishings and art. Essays explore Duke as a collector; artwork commissioned in India, Morocco, and Iran in the 1930s; and the evolving relatinos of art, architecture, and landscape over time. Archival photographs of Duke and friends, as well as correspondence and drawings, provide a view into a lifestyle defined by the highest sense of aesthetics. Doris Duke's Shangri La is sure to inspire both art and design lovers.
Hardcover with dust jacket