Splash: The Art of the Swimming Pool

Splash provides the inspiration for anyone designing, or dreaming about, their own pool.

This celebration of the style, design, and joy that pools bring to us brims with over 200 glamorous photographs. It is organized by swimming pool design--from glimmering infinity pools with a view of the ocean to dramatic cascading waterfall pools and those in lush garden settings. Ranging from beautifully landscaped backyards to dramatic beaches and tropical paradise surroundings, the stunning 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. Splash concludes with a section on poolside elements, from tiled steps, patterned surfaces, and Jacuzzis to pool houses with outdoor showers, landscaping, furnishings, and much more. Every example evokes the enduring and irresistible appeal of the swimming pool.

About The Author

International renown architecture and design photographer Tim 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 Rooms to Inspire series and Casa Mexicana Style. He is also a frequent contributor to many life style and design magazines, such as Architectural Digest, House Beautiful, Elle Decor, Vanity Fair, and the New York Times.

Annie Kelly writes about design and travel for magazines in America and abroad, including Belle, English House and Garden, the Robb Report and Western Interiors. She is the author of Casa Mexicana Style, the Rooms to Inspire series, Casa Mexico: At Home in Merida and the Yucatan, 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.

  • Publish Date: April 02, 2019
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Category: Architecture - Buildings - Residential
  • Publisher: Rizzoli
  • Trim Size: 11 x 9
  • Pages: 224
  • US Price: $55.00
  • CDN Price: $75.00
  • ISBN: 978-0-8478-6430-0


"This celebration of the styledesign, and joy that pools bring to us brims with over 200 glamorous photographs. It’s organized by swimming pool design—from glimmering infinity pools with a view of the ocean to dramatic cascading waterfall pools and those in lush garden settings." – SOCIETY TEXAS 

"If you have plans for a swimming pool in your future or plan to update your present pool, SPLASH is the book for you. It is a must-have!" —SPLENDID SASS 

"Splash: The Art of the Swimming Pool (Rizzoli), by wife-and-husband team Annie Kelly (text) and Tim Street-Porter (photography), features 200 of the most fabulous watering holes in the world. From infinity pools on the ocean to courtyard pools set against lush, meticulously manicured gardens, the book travels the world in search of the best swimming pools." —FORBES

"What if you could distill the essence of a perfect summer day? That's exactly what husband-and-wife duo Tim Street-Porter and Annie Kelly have done with Splash: The Art of the Swimming Pool, which brims with more than 200 of the world's most picturesque places to soak a day away. The couple spent years documenting these glamorous havens, from architectural wonders by Frank Lloyd Wright and Richard Neutra to the dramatic beachside infinity pool at Tommy Hilfiger's Mustique hideaway. Perhaps best of all is a section devoted to so-called fantasy pools, elaborate oases that are guaranteed to transport you to a summery state of mind." – GALERIE

"In a new book, lensman Tim Street-Porter and his wife, writer Annie Kelly, take us pool hopping in some of the chicest oases around the globe." – 1st Dibs

"This cool coffee table book celebrates the very best in swimming pool design." – AIROWS.COM
“Splash is summer’s perfect opening act.” – ARCHITECTS + ARTISANS

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