John Lautner 100th Birthday Home Tour

"You know, many people have a psychological or emotional problem with modern architecture.
Many people do not want the new, or TODAY, or TOMORROW. They want YESTERDAY. This is secure, because it is known and very predictable. If they’re that way, I don’t feel they’re open-minded. One man, I remember, had an English country house living room like a museum. He thought this was the only way, the only kind of architecture, the beginning and the end of the world. I can’t talk to guy like that, just forget it."

- John Lautner, 1971 AD interview

images of Schwimmer House, 1982

Next Saturday, July 23, for John Lautner's 100th Birthday (1911- 1994), The John Lautner Foundation is offering a special tour of 4 of his key homes in the L.A. area.

I'll be touring them!
When these architectural home tours in LA come around, I jump on the opportunity. A chance to see Lautner's homes in person does not happen very often. Last time I heard, there are a few left, before the event is sold out. Plus, all the proceeds will benefit The Lautner Foundation and the MAK Center; both are non-profit organizations that help preserve and highlight the region's modern architecture. Buy a ticket here... - David John

John Lautner 100th Birthday Home Tour
July 23, 2011, 10:00 am-6:00 pm Price: $100
General Admission | $90 MAK Center friends, John Lautner Foundation members, and students.
This tour series offers unique, behind-the-scenes access inside four of Lautner’s most significant Los Angeles homes, including the Harpel House (1956), Jacobsen House (1947), Schwimmer House (1982), and Sheats/Goldstein House (1963).

"People resist getting involved with art, antiques, architecture or interior design because they just don’t feel they know enough. I would encourage the neophyte by trying to explain the vast potential of architecture. It’s non-ending. It’s untouched. If they want a more interesting life, a life more worthwhile, they couldn’t do anything better than live with fine architecture.

- John Lautner

photography by Tycho Saariste