John Lautner, Architect (Birkhäuser, 1998) is a comprehensive monograph of the Californian architect and apprenticed to Frank Lloyd Wright.
In 1937, then an apprentice with Frank Lloyd Wright, John Lautner (1911–94) came to Los Angeles to supervise the construction of the Sturges Residence. Two years later he established his own office in Hollywood, building a house for himself which Henry-Russell Hitchcock called ‘the best house by an architect under 30 in the US,’ the first in a long line of unique buildings.
Never part of the architectural establishment, John Lautner has always practised what he called ‘Real Architecture.’ Among the best known examples are the Malin Residence (Chemosphere), the Reiner Residence (Silvertop), the Arango Residence in Acapulco, and the Elrod Residence in Palm Springs. His work ranges from exciting but low cost houses to finely crafted large residences, to restaurants and educational facilities.
This monograph is the most comprehensive presentation of John Lautner’s work ever published. Almost 50 realized buildings, dating from 1940 to 1992, are described and illustrated in detail. The book also includes a chronological list of work, a bibliography, an interview with Lautner in which he describes the most important influences on his work – amongst them his apprenticeship with Frank Lloyd Wright and Lautner’s own highly individual vies on architecture.
– Frank Escher, John Lautner, Architect (Birkhäuser, 1998), book description
The text is in English. The book is lavishly illustrated with architectural photographs and drawings.
Our copy in stock is in good condition. The pages are clean, no markings except for the pencil inscription on the first flyleaf. The glueing of the binding shows no signs of weakening. The covers show only some minor signs of shelf wear.