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John Lautner Silver Lake Home – The Architect’s Own Residence

John Lautner Silver Lake home

A favorite architect of the Modern Living LA team. John Lautner Silver Lake home – The John Lautner Residence, 1940. John Lautner, FAIA. This is the home the architect built for himself.

John Lautner Silver Lake home

Situated in the hills of Silver Lake, this home is on the National Register of Historic Places. Originally, when the home was built, the two bedrooms in the residence were accessible from a balcony.  This has since been enclosed.

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Kendrick Bangs Kellogg | Masterful Maverick

American architect, Kendrick Bangs Kellogg is an innovator of organic architecture, growing up in Mission Beach where it is said he designed and built his first structure, a fort or clubhouse in the backyard of his family home. He is influenced by Frank Lloyd Wright, believing that structures should “harmonize with its site and surroundings” and he became a champion of the “organic architecture” movement. Kellogg has designed, engineered and built a wide variety of distinctive buildings. Homes include The Lotus House, Wingsweep, The High Desert house and The Onion House, in addition to such public buildings as the Hoshino Wedding Chapel in Japan and The Charthouse Restaurants. His work has been described as “The Sydney Opera House meets Stonehenge.”

Kendrick Bangs Kellogg High Desert house

The High Desert House  |  Perched on the slope of a rocky hill not far from the Joshua Tree National Park, lives the High Desert House, originally constructed for artist Bev Doolittle and her husband. Fascinated by Kellogg’s unique organic style, and aesthetically fearless, the couple gave Mr. Kellogg carte-blanche to create the structure. Construction on the magnificent home began in 1988 and was completed 5 years later. The structure is formed by 26 concrete columns sunk deep into the bedrock below. Kellogg describes his goal for the project, “The idea was that the house would be settled in the landscape like it was crouching on the rocks, maybe like an animal asleep.” Photograph by Lance Gerber.

Longtime collaborator John Vugrin, was enviably tasked with creating the interior design for the High Desert House. From door handles, light switches, fences and chairs, he spent almost the next two decades crafting each and every detail of the sweeping interior space. Photograph by Lance Gerber.

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MOCA | Amazing Art for All

Sometimes the best things in life are free! The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles is granting free admission with a $10-million gift from board President Carolyn Powers. In an effort to make the museum more accessible, encourage repeat visits and deepen community engagement this generous gift makes the museum more like a library with its’ open-door policy. Such an amazing opportunity for Los Angeles to take in some of the best contemporary art around. There will still be a charge for some special exhibitions, however, even those are free of charge on Thursday nights. Admission to The Geffen Contemporary is also included in this experience. Head downtown for some inspiration and see what makes our city a great place to live.

MOCA Permanent Collection – Josef Albers – “Study for Homage to a Square,” 1954. Oil on masonite.

“Bus” – Mason Williams, 1967. This life-size Greyhound bus conceptual art stunt of comic proportions is a self-published silk-screened print measuring 10 x 36 feet. In an edition of 200 it took nine man-hours to assemble. “Bus” was first exhibited at the Pasadena Museum of Art in 1967, then stationed at The Museum of Modern Art the following year. Almost 50 years later it is a dramatic vision as it stretches across an entire wall in the MOCA gallery. The piece owes a lot to the work of artist Ed Ruscha, a friend, collaborator and sometimes roommate of Williams’ since the fourth grade. Photograph by Jeff McLane.

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