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Between Earth and Heaven: The Architecture of John Lautner Hardcover – April 22, 2008
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"The authors succeed not only in communicating why Lautner was important, but why his explorations of form and structure were inevitable, given the vast postwar changes in society...beautifully illustrated and laid out..." ~Modernism
"This prized volume is more than a mere "beauty book." While marveling at how gorgeous sweeping concrete can be, one is also afforded how it can be, with a look at detailed drawings showing the workings of the architect....a presentation of the compelling ideas, intentions, and inventions behind Lautner's heavenly designs." ~Society of Archiectural Historians News
About the Author
Nicholas Olsberg is the former director of the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal. Jean-Louis Cohen is the Sheldon H. Solow Professor in the History of Architecture at the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University. Frank Escher is a principal in the architecture firm Escher GuneWardena. In 1994, he worked with John Lautner to produce the architect’s monograph.
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Perhaps I should add that, whilst a student at the old Chouinard Institute of Art (now famously known as CalArts), I signed up for a class (in 1968 or so) called. Architectural Appreciation, taught by Mr. Lautner. Well, to be honest, it was really about appreciating HIs architecture. But was a hugely rewarding class as we drove out to, and toured, many of his projects. Clearly, Mr. Lautner was not into duplicating his efforts from one project to the next. Each home he designed was unique in its own way taking full advantage of the views that were always abundant in the ambience and design. A home on the boardwalk on Balboa Island in Newport Beach looked out over the harbor and channel; the home in Malibu was on the beach in the Colony taking in the ocean views; a home in the Hollywood Hills (known as Silver Top) looked out over a lake and the Los Angeles skyline; a home built into the mountains above Palm Springs looks out over the Coachella Valley.
This book is well written and nicely designed with great photography. I do wish, however, it had been printed in the USA by a lithographer with the experience of producing fine art books. (There are only about three such printing companies who can do this type of work.) In the black and white photos, the shadow details occasionally plug up while the highlight details blow out. Too bad for such an important story about such an important figure in America's history of architecture. Safe to say, the original negatives and photo prints were much better than this. Alas, printing offshore does keep book prices affordable and accessible.