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Friday, November 15, 2013

John Lautner's architecture, bad characters and Hollywood | MOVIE SET DESIGN

John Lautner architecture, set design
Chemosphere house scene in "Body Double" by Brian De Palma /girlmeetsfreak.com

Hollywood seemed to have a thing for architect John Lautner (1911 – 1994), Frank Lloyd Wright's disciple, modernist, one of the best-known architects of XXth century. On the contrary, he sincerely hated Los Angeles where he would work most of his life and once said the city was "so ugly it made me physically sick". This strong love-hate relationship created many beautiful residential buildings in California.
John Lautener lived and worked in Los Angeles for 50 years. It was there where he could find courageous, incredibly rich clients for and with whom he designed houses that have inspired the world ever since. His architecture, like Hollywood people themselves, is probably the most sexy in the world - curvy, organic shapes, courageous structures, important landmarks that at the same time melt into the environment.
Hollywod has shown us for years that murderers, psychopats and generally the bad people love modern design. Lautener's houses' interiors witnessed mainly the tragic movie scenes - among which the most important is probably James Bond fighting with two beautiful ladies in the Elrod House (1968) (see the video below).

This is what Ken Adams, Diamonds are Forever production designer, said about the Elrod House:
"...I wanted to look at exotic looking places in Palm Springs...and I was shown [the Elrod House] and it was absolutely right for the film. It was a reinforced concrete structure, very modern and fabulous. I said ‘this as though I designed it. I don't have to do anything.'"

In the Big Lebowski other Lautner's house, James Goldstein House (1961), belongs to porn films producer, the same house appears in Charlie's Angels Full Throttle. In Lethal Weapon 2 Garcia Residence (1964) belongs to Mel Gibson's enemy, the movie bad character, and explodes at the end as the object of Gibson's fury (see the video below). Stunning Chemosphere (1960) is a set for Body Double by Brian De Palma and...The Simpsons! Lautner's masterpieces appear also in Iron Man, Pulp Fiction, Less than Zero and recently in A Single Man as a background of depression of the main character. At least one of his houses was also a set for an "adult" movie.

Lautner's houses are amazing pieces of architecture and surely do not deserve the rough treatment they got from Hollywood. I am still waiting for good and happy people to live there in a next movie... :-)


JAMES GOLDSTEIN HOUSE

John Lautner architecture, movies, Lautner's houses in movies
James Goldstein House


John Lautner architecture, movies, Lautner's houses in movies
James Goldstein House, The Big Lebowski
John Lautner architecture, movies, Lautner's houses in movies
James Goldstein House, The Big Lebowski
John Lautner architecture, movies, Lautner's houses in movies
James Goldstein House, The Big Lebowski



BEYER RESIDENCE




John Lautner architecture, movies, Lautner's houses in movies
Lautner's Beyer Residence compared to the production drawings of the Iron Man house, theprodigalhouse.com


CHEMOSPHERE

John Lautner architecture, movies, Lautner's houses in movies
Chemosphere, section and photo
John Lautner architecture, movies, Lautner's houses in movies
Chemosphere
John Lautner architecture, movies, Lautner's houses in movies
Chemosphere
John Lautner architecture, movies, Lautner's houses in movies
Chemosphere
John Lautner architecture, movies, Lautner's houses in movies
Chemosphere

John Lautner architecture, movies, Lautner's houses in movies
Chemosphere in Body Double
John Lautner architecture, movies, Lautner's houses in movies
Chemosphere in Body Double
John Lautner architecture, movies, Lautner's houses in movies
Chemosphere in  Body Double
John Lautner architecture, movies, Lautner's houses in movies
Chemosphere in The Simpsons
John Lautner architecture, movies, Lautner's houses in movies
Chemosphere in The Simpsons

John Lautner architecture, movies, Lautner's houses in movies
Chemosphere in The Simpsons: can you see the very same bed as in  Body Double above? :-)

John Lautner architecture, movies, Lautner's houses in movies
Chemosphere in The Simpsons




ELROD HOUSE

John Lautner architecture, movies, Lautner's houses in movies
Elrod House, photo: rp.pl
John Lautner architecture, movies, Lautner's houses in movies
Elrod House, photo: loveisspeed.blogspot.com
John Lautner architecture, movies, Lautner's houses in movies
Elrod House: James Bond, Diamonds are Forever scene

John Lautner architecture, movies, Lautner's houses in movies
Elrod HouseE, Diamonds are forever scene,  photo via rp.pl

Diamonds are Forever  - Elrod House scene

Lethal Weapon 2  - Garcia Residence scene


refrences: Archdaily, cuboidal.org, Magazyn Plus Minus

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