Iconic, cinematic, and utterly sexy, John Lautner's designs embody the mid-century mien of Southern California. It's hard to imagine a Los Angeles without the futuristic and photogenic Chemosphere Residence (1960), which pops up villainously in a number of Hollywood films. Or the Silvertop Residence (1963-67), where the panoramic view begs for an afternoon libation.
Trained by Frank Lloyd Wright, the Marquette, Michigan-born architect was as much a visionary as his mentor - crafting forms that were at once soaring and grounded in the natural landscape. Lautner would have been 100 on July 16, and his centennial birthday is an excuse to toast his contributions to the field. The John Lautner Foundation is commemorating the occasion with a series of exhibitions, film screenings, home tours, symposia, and, appropriately, cocktail parties.
The John Lautner Turns 100 series takes place from 16th July to 13th November, 2011. Check Johnlautner.org for the full schedule of the events.