Objects of Desire


A personal celebration of the hunt for, and the joy of living with, favorite collections and things


ISBN: 9780865654167 Category:

Maria Hummer-Tuttle


Our home is an expression of ourselves in many ways, largely through the objects we accumulate. For Maria Hummer Tuttle, the objects she has collected over the years, from the priceless to the flea market finds, are precious not only for their beauty, uniqueness, and craftsmanship but also for their connection to the past and the future, for their resonance with one another. In this exquisitely illustrated book, she serves as our guide through her three homes-a house on a hill overlooking Los Angeles, a pied à terre in New York, and a beach house in a tiny town north of Los Angeles-focusing our attention on objects ranging from an ancient Chinese horse sculpture to a Louis XV clock, a Wiener Werkstätte goblet to a Willem de Kooning painting, a 19 century silver lemon squeezer to late 20th century furniture by Italian designer Ettore Sottsass. With a foreword by master ceramist and acclaimed author Edmund de Waal and featuring two lavish gatefolds, Objects of Desire is a feast for the eyes and a cherished object in its own right.

Additional information

Weight 1898 g
Dimensions 26.4 x 34 cm
Publisher name The Vendome Press
Publication date 13 October 2022
Number of pages 208
Format Hardback
Contributors Foreword by Edmund de Waal, Photographs by Miguel Flores-Vianna
Dimensions 26.4 x 34 cm
Weight 1898 g


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Maria Hummer Tuttle practiced law for more than 25 years. She served as chairman of the Getty Board of Trustees and is on the board of numerous museums, arts foundations, and foreign policy, government, and education organizations. She is the co author of Winfield House, written while her husband was American ambassador to the UK. She lives in Los Angeles and New York.

Edmund de Waal is a British ceramist renowned for his large scale installations of porcelain vessels and the author of award winning books, including The Hare with Amber Eyes: A Hidden Inheritance and The White Road: Journey into an Obsession. He lives in London.

Miguel Flores Vianna is a photographer and writer whose work appears regularly in a variety of leading international publications. His books include Haute Bohemians and A Wandering Eye: Travels with My Phone. He lives in London.