Ok cinephiles, who’s seen Los Angeles Plays Itself? If you haven’t, do yourself a favor and give it a look. Director Thom Andersen put together and intriguing documentary of how Los Angeles is depicted in film. And, as a treat for architecture lovers, there’s a whole section on modernist houses. Homes by John Lautner, Richard Neutra, Pierre Koenig and Frank Lloyd Wright are prominently featured in the film. Anderson humorously points out that these homes are often the residences of the movie’s villain. According to Hollywood filmmakers, I guess we are to believe that gangsters, pimps, pornographers and drug dealers all love masterful architecture.
It used to be only available to watch at film festivals or private screenings. But, thankfully with a click of a button, you can rent or buy it.
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It’s been quite some time since I remember seeing that ubiquitous Carnation logo. The Carnation Ice Cream shop at Disney was always a must visit. Our very own neighborhood played host to the Carnation Company Building on Wilshire with a Mid Century Coffee shop designed by Stiles O Clements. While this was before my time, I’ve spoken with folks who used to grab a burger and hang out after High School let out. The modern coffee shop was photographed by none other than the notable architectural photographer, Julius Shulman as seen here. The company eventually moved its headquarters and unfortunately, the restaurant was eventually demolished.
Today… While the coffee shop is gone, the Carnation building was expanded and thankfully kept the architectural appeal.
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On our recent travels we visited London, the home of brutalist architecture. Post war 1950’s London saw the rise of this style of architecture characterize by minimalist construction highlighting the bare materials over decorative design. The local icon of brutalist architecture, the Barbican Estate, was a sight to behold. It was built to be a city within a city. These modernist structures were raised from the ashes of the Blitz after WWII. The estate was meant to be a type of self-contained village with housing, a church, a library, an artificial lake and a complete arts center for its population. We’re sure there are plenty of varying opinions on its beauty, but, historically, they play an important role in the progression of commercial structures and architectural theory.
Googie’s Coffee Shop by John Lautner | 8100 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046 | Demolished in 1988/1989
The Googies Coffee Shop by architect John Lautner was built in 1949. Located on the world-famous Sunset Strip in West Hollywood, CA, the coffee shop became a popular meeting place for celebrities including James Dean, Marilyn Monroe, Natalie Wood, Lee Marvin, Steve McQueen and many more. Always an innovator, Lautner created this space age architectural style which would eventually be coined Googie for its namesake diner.
The origins of Googie architecture have been traced back his previous work on Coffee Dan’s. While Googie architecture was hugely popular with the general public, some critics weren’t so kind. Douglas Haskall, a critic for House and Home, said Googie “brought modern architecture down from the mountains.” Thankfully, time has been much more kind. Most look upon this whimsical style with much affection.
As much as we love this category, it usually details the unfortunate loss of a structure of architectural significance. Today, we are exceptionally pleased to report on quite the reverse. There is a brand new Ludwig Mies van Der Rohe International style structure at Indiana University. Originally designed in 1952 but never built, the design has now been realized as the Eskenazi School of Art, Architecture and Design with the help of the architectural firm Thomas Phifer and Partners. What a treat to see the vision of a great master come to life in the 21st century
“To create, one must first question everything” Eileen Gray
Not long ago we had the privilege of staying at a private residence in the South of France in a little medieval town called Roquebrune. This gorgeous property has exquisite private gardens which overlook Monaco and the Mediterranean Sea, and, boasts past visitors like Princess Grace and Audrey Hepburn. A visit to the beach below is where we came across what we knew in our bones to be a significant architectural modern home.
You’ll be more familiar with the table that was created to go into the house. You know the one: circular glass top with a chrome frame. It’s quite an accomplishment that this iconic design is hugely popular a century later. Eileen Gray created the design for this table in the 1920’s for the very home we saw perched above the Mediterranean Sea. Known as E-1027, she designed the home for herself to live in. The house still stands today. It is currently owned by a national preservation association and is available for guided tours.
Eileen Gray designed a series of furniture prototypes for the house, among them the small side table which became Gray’s most famous furniture design. She is said to have designed this table for her sister Thora to allow her to have breakfast in bed when visiting.
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