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The Architecture of John Lautner (Universe Architecture Series) Paperback – August 16, 2003
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I initially purchased this book to educate myself when I hired Arthur Dyson, a colleague of Lautner's, to design our home. This is the best Lautner book I have found. It is the hard cover version published by Rizzoli. It includes a comprehensive chronology of his residences and a textual narrative that outlines his professional career. The quality of all the photos is excellent, having very good composition, lighting, resolution, and contrast. I also own John Lautner, Architect by Escher, and Lautner by Barbara-Ann Campbell-Lange. Those are also good books, but not nearly as high quality as The Architecture of John Lautner. For details, see my reviews of those books on Amazon. For photos of my house, designed by Arthur Dyson and built completely by my weary old hands, see [...]
My earlier review of this book:
This picture book of Lautner's work provides a new perspective to the innovative work of the architect. Although many of the buildings are captured in other publications, the images are different than anything out there. Reproduction quality is excellent, as well as composition.
Only way to improve this one is with a virtual tour. It would also be nice if the industry acknowledged this superior architecture - this is art, not just structure, and its truly American architecture. Current architectural trends are decidedly un-American; from Mediterranean, Spanish revivalism to Victorian - its all big time popular, but pure facade when compared to directly to American, European, and Asian modernism....
even the layman will be amazed to find that many of the buildings have been used in the media for many years. whether in movies or magazines they have been associated with the most contemporary designs of our time.
highlights this architects mastery of a typical material palette of concrete, wood, and steel.