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John Lautner, Architect Paperback – June 1, 1998
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"This book presents some fifty of the realized projects as well as republishing an interview that Marlene Laskey conducted with the architect in 1986, and a collection of Lautner's observations....The spectacular location of the villas--on rocky slopes, on the ocean, or, better still, on rocky slopes overlooking the ocean--is invariably exploited by Lautner to the full. He developed an infallible feeling for using the design of his houses to emphasize the dramatic aspect of their setting. Grand gestures, prodigious cantilevers (certainly since he discovered the structural possibilities of concrete in 1963), subtle light delivery, and strategic orientation are the most striking characteristics, together with the vast dimensions and robust finish." -- Arthur Wortmann, Archis
"This book celebrates the career of a neglected giant, who enriched the Southland for over fifty years....Enthusiasts have had to wait for this sumptuous publication to discover the full range of John Lautner's achievement....He was an original striving for the unique, drawing his inspiration from the site, unbending and outspoken." -- Michael Webb, L.A. Architect
Lesser known to laymen's eyes is the work compiled in the recent paperback release of John Lautner, Architect (edited by Frank Escher; Princeton Architectural Press). A Wright apprentice who started his own practice in 1939, Lautner melded his space-age vision for housing with the California landscape, incorporating great expanses of glass, low-slung furniture, and natural materials. -- Elle Dcor
This is the only book on Lautner's work, which spanned the late '30s to the early '90s (he died in 1994) and, fittingly, it is truly user-friendly. Accompanying the 500 photographs are nuggets of text in which the architect-a former associate of Frank Lloyd-Wright-lays out his ideas in no-nonsense language and talks about the experience of putting each house together. Love 'em or hate 'em, you have to agree that they are the products of an abiding interest in marrying people's domestic needs to unusual spaces." -- LA Times
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The photographs, plentiful, are not quite as striking and colorful as in later books (especially the Hess/Weintraub book), but are interesting as most seem to be roughly contemporary with each building's completion, probably the original documentation photography, usually showing the original furniture and decor. (This is also the reason that a few buildings, like the Harvey House, have no interior photos--Lautner was not happy with certain decorative decisions and would not permit their publication.) This book and the Hess/Weintraub book together allow a fascinating "then/now" look at many buildings, showing how well they have adapted and survived changing styles and tastes.
Furthermore, this is the most comprehensive of the books on Lautner, including a great deal more buildings than the others and also a complete list of works, both built and unbuilt, sometimes with drawings. Buildings are also covered in more detail, with plans and sections provided for each.
A note on the older/hardcover editions: some may have binding errors, such as groups of pages out of place or upside down (the title is also upside down on the spine), but these errors may be unique to just a few copies, I'm not sure. Also, I know there is at least one photo that is slightly different in my hardcover copy than in the paperback--same view, different lighting and furniture.
Most of the photos in this book appear to have been taken shortly after the buildings were completed (and some during construction), so it makes a great companion to "The Architecture of John Lautner," which has mostly rescent photographs. Together, the books give a facinating "the and now" contrast, and demonstrate the timeless quality of Lautner's work.