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Hickory Stick Bookshop hosts ‘Splash: The Art of the Swimming Pool’ signing event

May 22, 2019

The Hickory Stick Bookshop in Washington Depot will host a book signing on Saturday, June 8, with design and travel writer Annie Kelly and photographer Tim Street-Porter for their new collaboration, “Splash: The Art of the Swimming Pool” (Rizzoli, $55), celebrating “the style, design, and joy” of the private, at-home swimming pool.

Brimming with more than 200 photographs by acclaimed architectural photographer Street-Porter and accompanied by Kelly’s text, “Splash: The Art of the Swimming Pool” provides the inspiration for anyone designing, or dreaming about, their own pool, according to a news release.

Click here for more event details on this free, open-to-the-public event. If you are unable to attend, you may reserve a signed copy of the book by calling The Hickory Stick Bookshop at 860-868 0525.

“This celebration of the style, design, and joy that pools bring to us is organized by design — from glimmering infinity pools with a view of the ocean to dramatic cascading waterfall pools and those in lush garden settings,” according to a news release.

Ranging from beautifully landscaped backyards to dramatic beaches and tropical paradise surroundings, the pool locales show creative examples of pools as architecture and organic forms. In the mix are seductive pools owned by such celebrities as Cher and Dianne Keaton and leading designers Bunny Williams and Carolyne Roehm, as well as masterpieces by famed architects Frank Lloyd Wright, Richard Neutra, and Luis Barragán.

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The book also includes the pool at Hollister House in Washington, Conn., which is disguised as an ornamental pond. “Splash” concludes with a section on poolside elements, from tiled steps, patterned surfaces, and Jacuzzis to pool houses with outdoor showers, landscaping, furnishings and more. Every example evokes the enduring and irresistible appeal of the swimming pool.

International renowned architecture and design photographer Street-Porter has authored and photographed many successful books, including “Casa Mexicana,” “The Los Angeles House,” “Tropical Houses, Los Angeles,” and has coauthored numerous publications with his wife, Annie Kelly, among them the best-selling “Rooms to Inspire” series and “Casa Mexicana Style.” He is also a frequent contributor to many lifestyle and design magazines, such as Architectural Digest, House Beautiful, Elle Decor, Vanity Fair and the New York Times.

Kelly writes about design and travel for magazines in America and abroad, including Belle, 1st Dibs’ Introspective, The Los Angeles Times, and French Architectural Digest. She is the author of “Casa Mexicana Style,” the “Rooms to Inspire” series, and “Casa Mexico,” among several other titles. She is also a decorator whose work has been included in Architectural Digest, House and Garden, House Beautiful, Traditional Home, Elle Decor, and World of Interiors.

The Hickory Stick Bookshop, 2 Green Hill Road, Washington Depot. Saturday, June 8, 3 p.m. books@hickorystickbookshop.com

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