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Posts Tagged ‘John Lautner’

In Brief: Armory Week Arrives, Buy Bob Hope’s Lautner House, Condé Nast Backs Farfetch

• Another Armory Week Arts Week is upon NYC, which will play host to a whopping ten art fairs. Unable to resist a good centennial, a Friday afternoon panel at the Armory Show on Pier 94 considers the 1913 original (commemorated in a fetching set of postage stamps), “bringing new facts and controversies to light and dispelling popular myths and misconceptions around the show’s reception by the public and critics alike.” Robert Storr will moderate the discussion among Marilyn Kushner, Francis Naumann, and Gail Stavitsky.

• Once you’ve loaded up on art, you’ll need more walls. May we suggest the Palm Springs home that John Lautner designed for Bob Hope and his wife, Dolores? It’s on the market for for $50 million. Your Kapoor would look divine in the shadow of the curved copper roof.

• Condé Nast has led a $20 million funding round for indie fashion marketplace farfetch. “This investment underlines our commitment to extend the scope of our activities and back great entrepreneurs,” said James Bilefield, president of Condé Nast International Digital, in a statement issued Monday. “It follows the recent news of our involvement with the e-commerce businesses Monoqi and Renesim in Germany.” Also participating in the fundraising were existing investors Advent Venture Partners, Index Ventures, and

• Ever wonder about that tiny text at the bottom of a movie poster? Ben Schott recently took to The New York Times op-ed page to breaks down the billing block.

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Between Earth and Heaven Floats Work of John Lautner

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A few years ago, some jottings of the architect John Lautner (1911-94) were discovered, tucked away in a cupboard in his California vacation home since the late 1960s. One thought in the bunch nicely sums up Lautner’s ambition and sheds light on much of his output (including the Jetsonian “Chemosphere,” created in 1960 and pictured above): “The space age is progressing because it is right from scratch with no precedents,” wrote Lautner. “The idea ‘Go to the moon’…We should do this with Architecture.” And so, starting this Sunday and through October 12, the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles offers up “Between Earth and Heaven: The Architecture of John Lautner,” the first major exhibition survey of his work.

Curated by historian Nicholas Olsberg and architect Frank Escher (who, with partner Ravi GuneWardena, the Los Angeles Times on Sunday called “Lautner’s architectural heirs”), the show will feature newly crafted large-scale models, digital animations that reveal Lautner’s construction processes, and short films by documentary filmmaker Murray Grigor that convey the sensation of moving through the buildings and their sites. Also on view will be oodles of archival materials, including never-before-seen drawings (the best kind!), architectural renderings, study models, and construction photographs. Olsberg puts it best, “Lautner’s dwellings took on dramatically new and varied shapes, as he moved toward the central theme of his career—how to use architecture to sublimate the domestic, and to domesticate the sublime.” We like to think of him as the first architect to walk on the moon.

Lautner, Kappe & Koenig Headed to the Getty


The files of John Lautner, Ray Kappe and Pierre Koenig are going to a temperature-controlled home at the Getty, according to Janet Eastman‘s article in the LA Times.

This beefs up the Getty’s architectural collection considerably since it lagged behind other cultural institutions until a little gift from Julius Shulman gave it some serious clout:

The centerpiece of the Getty’s Modernist collection arrived in 2005: photographer Julius Shulman’s archive consisting of 260,000 contact prints, negatives, transparencies and other images of more than 7,000 projects by Frank Lloyd Wright, Richard Neutra, Schindler, Charles Eames, Koenig and Lautner.

“Once Shulman arrived, people contacted us and we contacted them,” says De Wit.

Eastman also points out how tricky it is to get other architects to donate their works to posterity:

Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas turned down $1.3 million last year from the Netherlands Architecture Institute to wait for a better offer. And star architects such as Zaha Hadid have sold individual drawings on the art market as if they were by David Hockney.

Because it wouldn’t be the weekend without one final pick-on-the-starchitect-fest by the LA Times.

Sister Corita’s Spirit Rocks On


Last night we were blessed to be invited to the book release party for Come Alive! The Spirited Art of Sister Corita at the Hammer Museum near UCLA. You remember we’ve sung Sister Corita‘s praises here before, and it was pretty inspiring to mill among the true believers–everyone was in a good mood. Photographer Joshua White described hanging out at the Immaculate Heart studio while shooting all the images for the book, and hobnobbed with Volume’s Eric Heiman, who’s in town working on the catalogue for an upcoming John Lautner show at the Hammer. We also met author Julie Ault, who we asked to sign our book with her favorite Sister Corita quote. “Okay, but it’s ‘wet and wild,’” she warned us, echoing one of Corita’s most famous serigraphs. We thought that was pretty appropriate for our splashy, soulful Sister.

Appropriately, there will also be a Sunday service to celebrate Corita: On March 11th, there’s a screening of a Sister Corita documentary, followed by a panel discussion with Julie Ault, Samuel Eisenstein, Baylis Glascok, Helen Kelly, and Lorraine Wild at the AFI’s Goodman Theater from 1 to 4pm. RSVP to Sasha Carrera at sashaihc(AT)

Cox-Arquettes Become Bored With Lautner


Since we are now officially obsessed with the comings and goings of our most architecturally-enthusiastic celebrities, we’re pleased to announce that Courteney Cox and David Arquette are selling their Malibu mansion, a famous John Lautner building. The Segal Residence was built in 1979, according to the John Lautner Foundation and is on Carbon Beach, off the PCH. A cool $33.5 million will get you in the door.

Just so you know, the link back there goes to TMZ so don’t read it unless you want to get sucked into the next article about Britney. It’s okay, we did it, too.