Wade Davis is a modern day Indiana Jones. He has one of the most coveted jobs in America – Explorer-in-Residence at the National Geographic Society.
What does that exactly mean – His profession is a cross between professor, world traveler, anthropologist, ethnobotanist (the scientific study of the relationships that exist between people and plants), photographer and writer.
When Davis is home in Washington DC, he escapes to his Travis Price-designed study, overflowing with books, manuscripts, artifacts, and inspiration.
The most incredible piece of the room is the overhead circular library with its complementary sleek ladder.
“Travis did a studio on M Street in Georgetown for me,” Davis says, noting that in his current home, zoning prohibited a detached building. While many need light-filled rooms for inspiration, he wanted to avoid large windows opening onto a residential neighborhood and sought a cave-like atmosphere to disappear into his work. Subtle light was brought in by other means when the architect built a dome above his client’s desk”