JOHN LAUTNER’S ARCHITECTURE
The first time I went to Los Angeles, I was determined to see John Lautner’s house, the Chemosphere, so I rented a car. And for two hours we drove up and down Mulholland Drive trying to find it. Eventually I called a friend, the L.A. gallerist Marc Foxx, and he said, “It’s up there. Just look up and you’ll see it.” I was sitting in the car staring up at the hills, and then suddenly there it was.
Lautner also designed the Elrod house—the one in the James Bond film Diamonds Are Forever. It’s amazing too, though I’ve only ever seen it in books. And I love his Casa Marbrisa in Acapulco. I like how he integrates furniture into his architecture: Often it’s embedded right into the house, with sofas growing out of the concrete. I find that really beautiful, along with the inside-outside feel of his work. It’s very Americano, of course—but I like Americano.
Photography by Willy Vanderperre