Recent news that John Lautner's Sheats Goldstein house was bequeathed to LACMA delighted architecture lovers and fans of the Coen brothers alike (the house gained broad exposure when used as a backdrop for The Big Lebowski.)
Mentored by Frank Lloyd Wright, Lautner was loyal to principles of Organic Architecture throughout his career. He distinguished himself from Wright with cinematic designs that captured the ethos of Southern Californian Modernism. However, he never stopped being nostalgic for his native Michigan.
Above, we revisit some of Lautner’s most iconic designs.