The 1948 Carling residence, which features a wall that swings open, built-in seating included, is again for rent. Not far from the Polin house, which is for sale, this house too is hung from vertical steel trusses, allowing free-flowing space within.
The Polin residence, next door to the similar Jacobsen residence, is for sale. The house is one of three Lautner designs that use a three-point steel truss support system, requiring no load-bearing walls.
See this Curbed L.A. post, which contains several photographs and realtor details.
Both new exhibits on John Lautner, already open in Marquette, Michigan, will host a formal opening reception Friday, September 2, 2011. Frank Escher, editor of the monograph John Lautner, Architect, will speak on Lautner at 5:00 p.m., and the DeVos art museum’s reception will follow at 6:00 p.m. The reception at the Marquette Regional History Center begins at 7:00 p.m. (so you can go to everything if you want!).
See this article on the exhibits for more information on the opening reception and all related events.
A feature article in British Airways’ May 2011 magazine, on Palm Springs, is illustrated by several photographs of fashion models inside the Elrod residence. A brief mention of John Lautner is included in the article, most of which is about the history and current life of the desert city.
By agreement with the Googie Company, the Foundation is delighted to offer the DVD of Infinite Space: The Architecture of John Lautner.
Infinite Space, a new documentary feature film, traces the lifelong quest of visionary genius John Lautner to create “architecture that has no beginning and no end.” It is the story of brilliance and of a complicated life – and the most sensual architecture of the 20th century. (90 minutes)
Architect/editor Frank Escher comments on eight spatial portraits of Lautner masterpieces: Marbrisa, Elrod, Pearlman, Walstrom, Turner, Silvertop, Schaffer and the Chemosphere. (3-6 minutes each)
Director Murray Grigor shares his thoughts on filming INFINITE SPACE with clips from the feature. (12 minutes)
Kenny Caldwell, architectural writer, interviewed Murray Grigor, director of Infinite Space, after the screening of the film in San Francisco. The interview, with pictures, is published on one of Caldwell’s blogs, Design Faith. The perceptive questions reveal much about Lautner’s relationship to the earth and to his clients as well as offer insight into the making of the film.
The Los Angeles Times Arts & Culture section is featuring a story on the proposed Shusett demolition Saturday, August 21, 2010. The writer appears to position the house as a “minor work” because it is not well-known. The fact that the house has undergone extensive remodeling over the years, not to the benefit of the initial design concept, is not mentioned.