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September 23, 2006

Live inside a Yes album cover

sketch of Roger Dean's Willowater village

It turns out that Roger Dean, the artist who created those mind-blowing Yes album covers back in the 70s, has been delving into architecture in the recent years. He's offering his own design of homes... a rounded, hobbit-looking pre-fab affairs that would be right at home in one of his paintings. The homes are very cleverly designed, made of cast concrete sections that are then quickly and easily assembled on-site. Dean also has plans for an entire village, called Willowater, to be built in the English countryside.

Posted by Chris Spurgeon at September 23, 2006 06:39 PM


Roger Dean started out studying furniture and industrial design and only got involved in album illustration by accident when a band manager saw one of his sketchbooks. As early as 1971 he was exhibiting and lecturing his architectural designs; a chair that he and his brother designed appears in A Clockwork Orange. His first book, Views, has several pages devoted to house design, as well as other architectural stuff among the Yes and Greendslade sleeves.

Posted by: John C at October 5, 2006 01:17 AM