John Lautner

(1911 - 1994)

LAMA set the world auction record for any design by John Lautner on February 21, 2016 when Lautner's Floor Lamp (1939) realized $43,750.

About The Artist

An architect, designer, and student of Frank Lloyd Wright, John Lautner is one of the most innovative and most influential figures in modern architecture.

Upon graduating from Northern Michigan University in 1933, Lautner was admitted to a fellowship program at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin East in Spring Green, Wisconsin, where he worked for six years. In the late 1930s, Lautner came to Los Angeles to work on Wright’s George D. Sturges Residence. Los Angeles’s eclectic and open landscape as well as its rapid urban development would afford Lautner the freedom to experiment with a broad range of projects and styles. The city would also serve as an archetypal backdrop to the architect’s ultra-modern undertakings. Together they formed an iconic marriage.

The majority of the more than 100 projects Lautner realized in the course of his career have been built in and around Los Angeles, establishing him as a leader in Southern Californian architecture. Lautner is recognized as a key figure in the futuristic style of design that emerged in the Space Age. The term “Googie” architecture, as it became known, was coined for a 1949 West Hollywood coffee shop that Lautner himself designed. For all of his commercial accomplishments, however, none can rival Lautner’s iconic residential commissions; his name is, above all, synonymous with such legendary homes as the Chemosphere, the Elrod Residence, and the Sheats Goldstein Residence.

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