Warren worked for John Lautner from July 1976 until March 1980, during which time he worked on the Segel, Rawlins, Schwimmer, Beyer, Payne and Popeil residences. Warren’s random memories:
-driving through smog filled L.A. from San Diego, where I was living, to interview with John for work and noticing the contrast between him and his little island of creative energy and the mess of noise and bad air outside; I remember noticing the humor surrounding him, his laugh and that curious skull hanging on the wall behind him, mocking his bald head; I didn’t have much to show him, but he responded well to my handmade leather portfolio…I guess it was enough.
-His truly amazing ability to come up with something totally different, ingenious, and appropriate. It continues to inspire me.
-His disdain for drafting.
-His method of conceptualizing – sitting for long stretches, zen-like; his concept/idea sketches flowing from that soft pencil in his big hand; those pieces of paper, tape, erasers, whatever, that he would play with in search of that roof he was looking for.
-Some of the amazingly gifted craftsmen/builders: Vern Boone and his right hand man, Stan who built the Segel house; Duncan Stewart and Manuel, who built the Rawlins house. They deserve a lion’s share of credit.