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Between Earth and Heaven [Hardcover]

Nicolas Olsberg
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1 Mar 2008
One of the visionary architects of the twentieth century, John Lautner designed dramatically innovative buildings with a rare sensitivity to site, vista, and structure. Accompanying a full-scale exhibition on Lautner at Los Angeles's Hammer Museum, this is the first publication to comprehensively explore his work, including his apprenticeship with Frank Lloyd Wright and the cultural and geographical context of Los Angeles, through an intensive examination of the archives of the John Lautner Foundation. Although Lautner's dramatic houses are well-known, this is the first time his work has been seriously examined by scholars. Historian Nicholas Olsberg contributes an analysis of Lautner's evolution, providing social and cultural context. Architect Frank Escher covers the relationship between his experiments in structure and poetics of space, and Jean-Louis Cohen discusses Lautner's place in new design tendencies.This richly illustrated monograph includes previously unpublished sketches, drawings, construction images, and Lautner's own photographs to unveil the evolution, originality, and logic of his designs, focusing on the atmospheres and vistas they establish and the connections to landscape and sensory fluidity that mark their innovative spatial arguments.

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  • Hardcover: 234 pages
  • Publisher: Rizzoli International Publications (1 Mar 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0847830144
  • ISBN-13: 978-0847830145
  • Product Dimensions: 28.2 x 26.2 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 461,674 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The authors succeed not only in communicating why Lautner was important, but why his explorations of form and structure were inevitable, given the vast postwar changes in society...beautifully illustrated and laid out..." "Modernism"

"This prized volume is more than a mere "beauty book." While marveling at how gorgeous sweeping concrete can be, one is also afforded how it can be, with a look at detailed drawings showing the workings of the architect....a presentation of the compelling ideas, intentions, and inventions behind Lautner's heavenly designs." "Society of Archiectural Historians News"

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
This is a beautiful book but it is by no means a comprehensive account of Lautner's work. Some critical projects are missing which is very disappointing. It is also a bit light on colour photographs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars John Lautner, Hammer exhibition catalogue 20 April 2011
This book contains four essays by Jean Louis Cohen, Frank Escher and Nicholas Olsberg. Cohen places Lautner's work in an international Architectural context, where Escher and Olsberg, curators of the exhibition, focus on specific aspects of Lautner's work. Escher was editor of Lautner's own monograph from 1994 and has been taking care of the John Lautner archives for decades. One cannot find more dedicated writers than these three who made a book with the love and care that the subject deserves. Knowing Lautner's work this book (and the exhibition) turned out to be a goldmine for never published material and grants for hours and hours of study material. Just buy it and enjoy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars NOT the comprehensive book I've been waiting for... for years 27 April 2008
By G. Beekman - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is beautiful, it has lots of pictures and drawings I had never seen before. I have been waiting for a really great Lautner book to be published because all the others show 'pretty' pictures, but I have never been able to get a true sense of the buildings (I am an architect). i was hoping this book would have the pretty pictures and more overall drawings. This book is a great complement to the 'pretty picture books' as it has images that are not regularly seen in the other Lautner books..... I just feel this book doesn't truly satisfy my need for information and clarification on these buildings.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A book on SoCal architect, John Lautner 8 Dec 2012
By David in Denver - Published on Amazon.com
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A former student and employee of Frank Lloyd Wright, Mr. Lautner was a Southern California pioneer in contemporary architecture. To describe his projects, the words, "dramatic" and "superbly detailed" are high on the list. Siting each home on the property was a key to their drama.

Perhaps I should add that, whilst a student at the old Chouinard Institute of Art (now famously known as CalArts), I signed up for a class (in 1968 or so) called. Architectural Appreciation, taught by Mr. Lautner. Well, to be honest, it was really about appreciating HIs architecture. But was a hugely rewarding class as we drove out to, and toured, many of his projects. Clearly, Mr. Lautner was not into duplicating his efforts from one project to the next. Each home he designed was unique in its own way taking full advantage of the views that were always abundant in the ambience and design. A home on the boardwalk on Balboa Island in Newport Beach looked out over the harbor and channel; the home in Malibu was on the beach in the Colony taking in the ocean views; a home in the Hollywood Hills (known as Silver Top) looked out over a lake and the Los Angeles skyline; a home built into the mountains above Palm Springs looks out over the Coachella Valley.

This book is well written and nicely designed with great photography. I do wish, however, it had been printed in the USA by a lithographer with the experience of producing fine art books. (There are only about three such printing companies who can do this type of work.) In the black and white photos, the shadow details occasionally plug up while the highlight details blow out. Too bad for such an important story about such an important figure in America's history of architecture. Safe to say, the original negatives and photo prints were much better than this. Alas, printing offshore does keep book prices affordable and accessible.
2 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Who doesnt love a Lautner? 10 Oct 2009
By Paula Rudelir - Published on Amazon.com
I love Lautner's work and thought this was going to be better, but still an inside look at some great work by John Lautner.
4 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Between Earth and Heaven: The Architecture of John Lautner 14 Aug 2008
By J. Bechtel - Published on Amazon.com
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Between Earth and Heaven is a fabulous book about John Lautner and his work. The book arrived just a few days after I ordered it ... I couldn't believe I got it so fast.
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