Tuesday, February 15, 2011

John Lautner

John Lautner probably designed some of the most spectacular modern homes of the 20th century yet he remains relatively unknown to the general public. Although he spent time as an apprentice of Frank Lloyd Wright, he did not have Wright’s flair for self-promotion. Another contributing factor to Lautner’s anonymity is that most of his designs were for private homes and not open to the public. This greatly limited his exposure. Lautner was probably Wright’s most successful apprentice. It is interesting to note that Lautner’s design style was completely different from Wright’s as so many of the apprentices simply emulated Wright’s style.

However, if you enjoy architecture, chances are you have seen pictures of some of Lautner’s designs without realizing it. Lautner’s Elrod house in Palm Springs appears in the James Bond film Diamonds are Forever. It is in the scene where Bambi and Thumper bounced on Bond.

Here is a link to a YouTube trailer for a film about Lautner’s works called Infinite Space, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cvjtHWSLgls.

You can find out more about Lautner as well as purchase the DVD for the film at http://www.johnlautner.org/ You can also see many images of Luatner’s designs by searching Google Images.

1 comment:

  1. This is a truly awesome living room and semiopen space. The classic form of the room itself explains the uniqueness of the home. If you look closely the flooring has been clevelry changed in the center to form a mini space of it's own.

    Thanks a lot for sharing this photo.