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John Lautner (Architecture/Design Series) Paperback – 7 Jul 2003

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Product details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson; New edition edition (7 July 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500284202
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500284209
  • Product Dimensions: 16.7 x 2.2 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,599,545 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Alan Hess is an architect and the author of American Residential Architecture on the Edge, also published by Thames & Hudson. Alan Weintraub is a widely published architectural photographer whose most recent book is Lloyd Wright: The Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright Jr. He is highly sought after by architectural publications, newspapers and magazines for his architectural photography.


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Format: Hardcover
You don't need to be an architectural student to appreciate the aesthetic appeal of Lautner's work, and this book does a great job of displaying some of his best work, with excellent phototgraph reproduction quality. This book also provides a fascinating insight into what made Lautner the Architect click, with in-depth coverage of his career, from his early days as a Lloyd-Wright disciple to his emergence as a truly great, innovative architect in his own right.
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I bought this book for my husband's 45th birthday. He absolutely loves it!

Tom Ford directed a feature film starring Colin Firth called 'A Single Man', the stunning wooden house Colin Firth character resides in was designed by John Lautner.

This book provided the perfect opportunity to become more knowledge with the work and ethos of Lautner who had an amazing sense of how wood works.
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Received this book from New York in perfect condition but later than expected. It was well worth waiting, it is absolutely brilliant.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x916c939c) out of 5 stars 9 reviews
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HASH(0x90d5b06c) out of 5 stars A F.L. Wright Disciple Gets His Full Measure of Recognition 23 Mar. 2000
By Edward Dunn - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
In the few months since I purchased this beautifully illustrated and impecabbly written monograph, John Lautner seems to have become Hollywood's favorite posthumous architect. This month's Vanity Fair features a screenwriter and his wife showcasing their restored Lautner masterwork while virtually every fashion spread in the same issue has one emaciated model or another posing, pouting and preening against a Lautner structure. This wonderful book travels Lautner's career arc from Wright disciple employing the tools and traits of the Master to the emergence of his own distinctive blend of wood, steel, concrete and location that, ultimately, bears little resemblance to his roots at Taliesin. As the text makes clear, Lautner shared Wright's prickly self-absorption and relentless self-philosophizing. However, as the book wanders from one beautifully executed commission to the next, you end up endorsing his sense of self. Like the best of Wright, each structure seems to organically emerge from its site to envelop the owners in a beautifully scaled and very human dwelling. A worthy tribute to John Lautner's artistry and vision.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x90d5b0c0) out of 5 stars Lautner Illuminated 25 Dec. 1999
By C. casey - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
My revised review of this book:
I initially purchased this book to educate myself when I hired Arthur Dyson, a colleague of Lautner's, to design our home. This is the best Lautner book I have found. It is the hard cover version published by Rizzoli. It includes a comprehensive chronology of his residences and a textual narrative that outlines his professional career. The quality of all the photos is excellent, having very good composition, lighting, resolution, and contrast. I also own John Lautner, Architect by Escher, and Lautner by Barbara-Ann Campbell-Lange. Those are also good books, but not nearly as high quality as The Architecture of John Lautner. For details, see my reviews of those books on Amazon. For photos of my house, designed by Arthur Dyson and built completely by my weary old hands, see [...]

My earlier review of this book:
This picture book of Lautner's work provides a new perspective to the innovative work of the architect. Although many of the buildings are captured in other publications, the images are different than anything out there. Reproduction quality is excellent, as well as composition.

Only way to improve this one is with a virtual tour. It would also be nice if the industry acknowledged this superior architecture - this is art, not just structure, and its truly American architecture. Current architectural trends are decidedly un-American; from Mediterranean, Spanish revivalism to Victorian - its all big time popular, but pure facade when compared to directly to American, European, and Asian modernism....
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x90d451ec) out of 5 stars Great architect, disappointing presentation 5 Jun. 2008
By Martin Tusler - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
It is wonderful to see a book devoted to the houses that John Lautner designed. However, the small format (8.2 x 6.5) doesn't do justice to the details of his designs.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x90d5b348) out of 5 stars design that transcends decades 13 Mar. 2002
By Bernard - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
it is amazing to see how the designs of the mid 1900's seem so contemporary even to the present day. this book captures the designs via beautiful photography and commentary.
even the layman will be amazed to find that many of the buildings have been used in the media for many years. whether in movies or magazines they have been associated with the most contemporary designs of our time.
highlights this architects mastery of a typical material palette of concrete, wood, and steel.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x90d5b4f8) out of 5 stars Architecture of John Lautner Review 20 Sept. 2013
By JMcKay - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The book illustrates John Lautners work in photos beautifully, but it lacks plans to allow the reader to grasp the projects better.
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