If I am going to call the blog ‘Poolside, Somewhere’ then it’s a must that I feature shaped pools. Sure, all mid-century modern fans love a kidney-shaped pool, and if it has a slide and a diving board, all the better. But my favourite artificial swimming hole of all-time is the Fountainbleu Hotel’s cat-shaped pool captured here by the great photographer, Slim Aarons back in 1955. The hotel is still there on the beach in Miami but sadly the pool is now long and generic. How dull!
Once I was so into staying at a hotel with a guitar-shaped pool I booked myself into the Ramada Inn in Nashville. The breakfast was stale, rooms were of the floral comforter variety (easy for them to hide any nasty stains) and the location a little out of the way, the guitar was truncated too - neckless, unplayable.
Frank Sinatra’s Palm Springs abode designed by architect E. Stewart Williams is said to have a piano-shaped pool, it’s kinda piano shaped I guess, the house looks amazing, we pulled up in front of it once on a modernism tour, you can book to stay there.
and here’s a selection of the rest…