La Formentera: The Woodland Refuge of Juan Montoya



Due October 2012 La Formentea The Woodland Refuge of Juan Montoya by Karen Bloch with 205 colour photos by Eric Piasecki is a 232 page hardback. In the 1970s, the renowned interior designer Juan Montoya lived for a year on La Formentera, one of the Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean off the coast of Spain. There he fell in love with the landscape and particularly the network of stone walls that crossed the terrain. After moving his design practice to New York from Paris, Montoya began a quest for property that could evoke aspects of the rocky terrain without the Mediterranean climate. Eventually he settled on land near Garrison, New York, where he has built an elegantly simple Japanese-style house and shaped the land immediately surrounding it. Setting out on the paths, guests encounter massive stone sculpture created by Montoya, an inviting pool complex, and rustic shelters made of rough stone. Running through the property is a rushing brook that empties into a lake with a small island where thousands of daffodils bloom in the spring. La Formentera is the perfect refuge for Montoya, whose credo is I want to be surrounded by beauty and creativity.Photographer Eric Piasecki has captured this unique place in all seasons, from deep greens of summer to the golden leaves of fall to the pristine snow drifts of winter to the first blush of green in spring. Karen Blochs engaging text tells the story of the property and the great pleasure it gives Montoya and all who visit there. ISBN: 9781580933360 Title: LA FORMENTERA THE WOODLAND REFUGE OF JUAN MONTOYA Author: PIASECKI ERIC AND BLOCH KAREN Year: 2012 Format: HARD BACK Publication date: 19/10/2012 Price: $120.00 Pages: 232 Dimension: 356mm X 279mm


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"It's a rare property that deserves a book of its own. Designer Juan Montoya's rustic stone-and-wood house, located in New York's Hudson Valley, certainly does. In "La Formentera", Eric Piasecki's meticulous photographs survey its charmingly overstuffed rooms and the surrounding 110 acres of gardens, streams, and woodlands punctuated by contemporary sculpture." --"Elle Decor"

"Need a short break in the country? Look no further than your bookshelf. Juan Montoya presents four seasons of beauty in oversized photographs of his divine property and house in Garrison, New York. Over the course of 40 years, Montoya has created a spiritual refuge from a former commune." --"New York Observer

""Interior designer Juan Montoya has created an idyllic masterpiece on more than a hundred wooded acres in Garrison--and a gorgeous new book." --"New York Cottages & Gardens"

"This lovely book with the photographs of Eric Piasecki and a winsome introductory essay by Karen Lehrman Bloch began casually as a personal project when Juan asked his friend Eric to take pictures of his home in every season." "--"Traditional Home"


ERIC PIASECKI is a New York-based photographer, specializing in interiors and landscapes. His work is widely published in design magazines including "Architectural Digest," "Elle Decor," and "House Beautiful," to name just a few.
KAREN LEHRMAN BLOCH is the editorial director of Grafia Books. She has written critical articles for many major publications, such as "The New York Times Book Review," "The New Republic, The Wall Street Journal," "Mother Jones," and "Vogue."

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  • : 9781580933360
  • : Monacelli Press, Incorporated
  • : Monacelli Press, Incorporated
  • : 2.341
  • : October 2012
  • : 356mm X 279mm X 26mm
  • : United States
  • : books

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  • : BB
  • : 1
  • : English
  • : 232
  • : 205 Colour Illustrations