Posted on 10/11/2023 by Dana Covit

New York Times - Landing House


A Joshua Tree Getaway Made for Nature Immersion

The desert has long been a place of both retreat and revelation, where words like “oasis” and “mirage” blur reality and fantasy. In Joshua Tree, Calif., the high desert community some 130 miles east of Los Angeles, a new rental property called Landing House leans into this mythos. Designed by Fernando and Juan Gerscovich, the brothers behind the clothing brand Industry of All Nations, the home is the first time the pair (both trained architects) have built a project together from the ground up. “We imagined the house as an ideal planet Earth refuge,” Fernando says. The one-story home has two bedrooms — one in the main structure, the other in a separate cottage across the courtyard — and a living room, dining room and kitchen. Much of the furniture was designed by the Gerscovich brothers and constructed in American white oak. A tranquil courtyard offers expansive views of the Mojave — as well as a poured concrete deck that culminates in a striking circular pool. Farther into the boulders and creosote is a perfectly round platform ready for sun salutations or stargazing. The buildings themselves are clad in cedar, which Fernando says will turn gray as it weathers: “It will look like a fallen Joshua tree branch integrated into the landscape.” Landing House is available to rent through Homestead Modern, which manages several properties in the area. From $900 a night,

Photo: "The Landing House, a new rental home in Joshua Tree, Calif., embraces the surrounding Mojave landscape." Ye Rin Mok

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