Michael G., Imber: Ranches, Villas, and Houses offers readers highlights from the architect’s award-winning residential designs. The book also digs into Imber’s process of creating these classical buildings. He begins every custom house commission with a watercolor study of the landscape where the building will sit. He uses the paintings to explore the colors, light, and textures of the site. These romantic watercolors are featured in the first section of the book and also scattered throughout the pages in conjunction with corresponding projects.
Imber introduces the beautifully illustrated volume with an essay on his personal philosophy, which informs the firm’s approach. He talks about rambling road trips with his family that traversed the most remote corners of his native Texas. The arid countryside and hardened residents inspired Imber’s devotion to nostalgic forms and rough, local materials. “It was this rugged landscape that forged a rich character in the people and helped shape their buildings and communities,” he writes.
Once process and inspiration are revealed, the rest of the book is devoted to individual projects. Organized, as the title indicates, into sections by building type—ranches, villas, and houses—each project covers 10 to 15 pages of storylike descriptions interspersed with lush photographs, floor plans, and hand-painted or drawn renderings. Imber’s firm also does interior and landscape designs for most of the projects, so images include a variety of gardens, outdoor living spaces, and cozy interior settings.
Michael G., Imber: Ranches, Villas, and Houses was published by Rizzoli New York in March. The publisher’s listing price is $60.