Desert Utopia

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January 17, 2009
Originally published in Prefab Now
With this elegant steel prototype, Marmol Radziner and Associates launch a new prefab venture with the goal of bringing their modern design sensibilities to a broader market.
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  Leo Marmol and Alisa Becket enjoy one of their home’s many outdoor spaces.
    Leo Marmol and Alisa Becket enjoy one of their home’s many outdoor spaces.
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  Groupings of succulents accent the home’s entry path and pool area.
    Groupings of succulents accent the home’s entry path and pool area.
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  Marmol and Becket with their daughter, Emilia. The intersecting modules were designed to frame a range of spectacular desert vistas.
    Marmol and Becket with their daughter, Emilia. The intersecting modules were designed to frame a range of spectacular desert vistas.
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  After months of arduous design and construction, Marmol and Becket are thrilled to escape Los Angeles for their idyllic desert retreat.
    After months of arduous design and construction, Marmol and Becket are thrilled to escape Los Angeles for their idyllic desert retreat.
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  Ocotillo was placed in key areas as a great structural focal point.
    Ocotillo was placed in key areas as a great structural focal point.
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  Plants found in the surrounding landscape were used to obscure the lines between designed and natural worlds.
    Plants found in the surrounding landscape were used to obscure the lines between designed and natural worlds.
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  The open living and dining plan is flooded with natural light. The wicker PK22 lounge chairs  are by Poul Kjaerholm for Fritz Hansen. The suspension lamp is by DePadova.
    The open living and dining plan is flooded with natural light. The wicker PK22 lounge chairs are by Poul Kjaerholm for Fritz Hansen. The suspension lamp is by DePadova.
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  There are generously proportioned nine-foot-high ceilings throughout the Desert House. Marmol Radziner designed and built the outdoor table and benches from reclaimed Douglas fir.
    There are generously proportioned nine-foot-high ceilings throughout the Desert House. Marmol Radziner designed and built the outdoor table and benches from reclaimed Douglas fir.
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  The kitchen cabinetry, custom designed by the architects, is smooth brown teak. The faucet is by Hansgrohe, and the dishwasher is by Bosch.
    The kitchen cabinetry, custom designed by the architects, is smooth brown teak. The faucet is by Hansgrohe, and the dishwasher is by Bosch.
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