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July 14, 2011
Conceptual artist Dan Graham , whose work incorporates architecture, video, performance, sculpture and photography, will discuss the life and work of noted architect John Lautner , whose iconic Space Age designs are synonymous with Midcentury Modern Los Angeles. Lautner is known for both small and large houses using then-unconventional materials and several commercial buildings exhibiting the Googie style that was derided in its '50s heyday but is celebrated today. He was the subject of a major retrospective at the Hammer in 2008.
March 21, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
Beau Bridges and his wife, Wendy, have sold their home in gated Hidden Hills for $2.4 million - twice what they originally paid. The sale was a while in the making, however. They first listed the country English-style house for sale in 2010 at $3.25 million and later turned to leasing. Designed by architect Marshall Lewis and built in 1976, the ivy-covered house has a sunken den with a fireplace, a bar, a family room, a billiard area, an office, an ample wine cellar, a sauna, six bedrooms and six bathrooms in about 6,800 square feet of living space.
November 18, 2012
Known for his forward-thinking engineering, architect John Lautner designed the Foster Carling house with a retractable wall of glass separating the outdoor part of the swimming pool from an interior portion in the living room. External steel beams support the hexagonal living space, which is free of internal columns. Location: 7144 Hockey Trail, Los Angeles 90068 Asking price: $2.995 million Year built: 1950 House size: Two bedrooms, two bathrooms, 1,999 square feet Lot size: 16,002 square feet Features: Redwood planking, raised fireplace, polished concrete floors, built-in furniture, bar, basement, alarm system, carport, skyline views.
March 12, 2014 | By Lisa Boone
The Los Angeles edition of the Architecture & Design Film Festival kicks off its five-day salute to art, architecture, design, fashion and urban planning Wednesday with showings of "If You Build It," "Design Is One: Massimo & Leila Vignelli" and "16 Acres. " The L.A. film festival, running through Sunday, will feature 30 recent feature-length and short films from around the world. "There is something for everyone who likes design at the festival," said the festival's founder and director, architect Kyle Bergman.
July 14, 2008 | Christopher Hawthorne, Times Architecture Critic
If there is a single big idea driving "Between Earth and Heaven: The Architecture of John Lautner," which opened Sunday at the Hammer Museum, it's that Lautner needs to be rescued from his own hardened reputation. Most museum retrospectives begin with an effort to dust off or polish up the historical record. This one, at times, feels like a full-on rehabilitation campaign.
John Lautner, an innovative Los Angeles architect whose modernistic houses include Chemosphere House above Studio City, which has been likened to a UFO hedgehopping the Santa Monica Mountains, has died. He was 83. Lautner, who studied as an apprentice to Frank Lloyd Wright, died Monday of heart failure at the Hospital of the Good Samaritan in Los Angeles. Lautner set up his practice shortly after moving to Los Angeles in 1937 to supervise Wright projects.
May 4, 2008 | Diane Wedner, Times Staff Writer
If homes were music, John Lautner's designs would be Duke Ellington compositions. The architect, a onetime Frank Lloyd Wright apprentice, compared the importance of the jazz composer's use of rests to the significance of the voids in his architecture. Lautner's 1949 Schaffer Residence, set in a wooded area at the foot of the Verdugo Mountains in Glendale, represents the simple, uncluttered look the architect favored, fusing concrete, wood, glass and hardscapes into a singular vision.
Architecture aficionados revere John Lautner for his flying saucer-shaped Chemosphere in the Hollywood Hills, his seminal Googie's coffee shop on Sunset Strip, the expansive Bob Hope home in Palm Desert and the elegant, imaginative Arango residence above Acapulco. Few are aware that the Los Angeles-based Lautner (1911-94), Frank Lloyd Wright's finest student and lifelong friend, designed three structures in Orange County.
August 14, 2005 | Michael Webb, Michael Webb has written 20 books on architecture and design; "Art/Invention/House" and "Adventurous Wine Architecture" will be published in October.
Before Frank Gehry and Thom Mayne developed a new architectural language, there was John Lautner, who apprenticed with Frank Lloyd Wright, came to Los Angeles in 1938 and practiced here until his death in 1994 at age 83. Like R.M. Schindler, another protege of Wright, he struggled all his life to win recognition and realize his vision. In his early years Lautner designed the eye-catching Googie's on the Sunset Strip, among other coffee shops, but his prime focus was always the house.
July 5, 2007 | Janet Eastman, Times Staff Writer
WOOD-BLOCK models, drawings and notes for 200 Modern buildings and projects completed over half a century have taken over four rooms of Ray Kappe's Pacific Palisades house. But in a few weeks, moving vans will transport the architect's life's work a few miles away to its permanent new home: the antiquities-rich Getty Center.
October 25, 2013 | By Deborah Vankin
Who says art and sports don't mix? On Saturday afternoon, the MAK Center for Art and Architecture will host an invitational tennis tournament at which art world and entertainment figures will compete on the newly completed Goldstein Court of the Sheats/Goldstein Residence in Beverly Crest near Beverly Hills. The event, a benefit for the MAK Center, also includes cocktails at sunset, BBQ from Baby Blues and guided tours of the historic 1963 home, designed by architect John Lautner, and its James Turrell Skyspace, "Above Horizon.
September 27, 2013 | By Lisa Boone
The first time Jack Latner's Hollywood Hills house was remodeled years ago, the big design move was an addition built literally around a spectacular 70-year-old sycamore tree: The trunk rose up from the floor and through the ceiling. “It was the best space in the house,” said Latner, 31, adding that guests naturally gravitated to the novel space. “But it was also my bedroom. I thought, 'Let's turn this room into the main feature of the house. This is where we are going to be spending most of our time.'” So for another remodel, Latner turned to Aaron Neubert , the Silver Lake architect who designed the first addition.
September 18, 2013 | By David A. Keeps
The home furnishings of Bob and Dolors Hope -- think Lucite tables and lamps, McGuire rattan chairs and other design finds from properties that included a John Lautner mansion in Palm Springs -- will be sold at Julien's Auctions in Beverly Hills from Friday and Saturday. PHOTO GALLERY: Bob and Dolores Hope auction highlights Hope's 1970s Lautner, which has been listed for $50 million , is contributing a wealth of 20th century classics to the auction, including a pair of acrylic table lamps by designer Karl Springer (estimated to sell for $2,000 to $3,000)
September 11, 2013 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
NEW YORK -- The L.A. inspiration has been coming fast and furious at New York Fashion Week this season, including at Clover Canyon by L.A.-based designer Rozae Nichols. The look: California modern expressed in engineered prints. The inspiration: SoCal landscape and architecture -- John Lautner's Chemosphere house, the work of "household modernists Charles and Ray Eames," according to the show notes, "and California's legendary light ... and light artists Robert Irwin, Dan Flavin and James Turrell.
July 5, 2013
The wood, stone and glass Wolff House, designed by John Lautner and recently restored, is built into a hillside above the Sunset Strip in Hollywood Hills West. The Modernist home's living room, with 16-foot-tall ceilings and walls of glass, looks out on the city below. Location: 8530 Hedges Place, Los Angeles 90069 Asking price: $7.995 million Year built: 1961 Architect: John Lautner House size: Four bedrooms, four bathrooms Lot size: 9,784 square feet Features: Floating plank stairway, den/office, breakfast area, stainless-steel appliances, pool, guesthouse, Mills Act tax benefits About the area: In the first quarter, 39 single-family homes sold in the 90069 ZIP Code at a median price of $2.25 million, according to DataQuick.
May 18, 2013 | By David Hay
The Tyre House, designed by A. Quincy Jones in the 1950s and recently restored by the Silver Lake architecture firm Escher GuneWardena , is a dreamy testament to Los Angeles' age of cool. Step inside the house's expansive, all-white living area and an 11-foot-high ceiling angles gracefully down toward a white brick fireplace that floats toward one end. Sliding glass doors open to a courtyard and pool on one side, to a steep driveway that disappears from sight on the other. Cork floors and a white sofa effortlessly sweeping along the wall add to the sensation of visual harmony.
September 23, 2011 | By Elaine Woo, Los Angeles Times
Kenneth Reiner made a fortune in Los Angeles in the 1940s and '50s designing and manufacturing two ingenious products: self-locking aircraft nuts and spring-loaded ladies' hair clips. He brought the same inventiveness to a personal project he launched in 1956: building his dream home in bohemian Silver Lake with an architect who shared his faith in the future. The industrialist labored for more than a decade to build Silvertop, a modernist landmark considered one of architect John Lautner's masterpieces.
January 25, 1985 | T.W. McGARRY, Times Staff Writer
In 1961, Dwight Eisenhower turned over the presidency to John Kennedy, gasoline was 35 cents a gallon, computers were as big as trucks and the Chemosphere House was named by the Encyclopaedia Britannica as the "most modern home built in the world." It could probably win the same title if it were built today, 24 years later.
April 25, 2013 | By Craig Nakano
Xavier Veilhan, the Paris-based artist who last year turned Richard Neutra's VDL House in Silver Lake into a startling temporary gallery and later transformed Pierre Koenig's Case Study House No. 21 into a ghostly, smoke-filled, one-night-only installation, took over John Lautner's Sheats-Goldstein residence Wednesday evening for the third installment of his “Architectones” series in L.A. Veilhan showed four works, the centerpiece of which was...
February 28, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
The home designed by renowned Modern architect John Lautner for  comedian Bob Hope and his wife, Dolores, is for sale in Palm Springs for $50 million. Sited to overlook the Coachella Valley, the concrete, steel and glass house was built in 1979 and has about 22,000 square feet of living space. The curving copper roof plays off the shape of the nearby mountains. There are six bedrooms and 12 bathrooms, according to public records. Murals on the first floor and the pool area are by Garth Benton, who did the murals at the Malibu Getty.
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