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2011 Home Of The Year

Update: The votes are in! The Norton House in Pasadena was crowned Best Home Of 2011. This Buff & Hensman beauty received 23% of the votes (followed by 3705 Alzada and 1160 Chateau in a tie for second).   My vote was for 1160 Chateau, but the Norton House was a close second. It’s such a … Continued

8650 Pine Tree Place Hollywood Hills


This architectural estate, originally built in 1940, was remodeled in 1951 by John Lautner for actress Anne Baxter (granddaughter of architect Frank Lloyd Wright) and her husband John Hodiak. The 3,642 square foot home has a beautifully open floor plan with floor to ceiling walls of glass. The living room opens up to the stunning outdoor patio and heated pool, overlooking the lights of Los Angeles.

John Lautner’s Polin House in Hollywood Hills


John Lautner’s Polin House just hit the market. Built in 1947, it has been meticulously restored while staying true to Lautner’s original architectural design and integrity. The 1,342 square foot home features beautiful walls of glass, polished concrete floors and fantastic indoor/outdoor flow.

Preserving Lautner’s Legacy: The Spectrum of Stewardship

As part of the year-long John Lautner Turns 100 series, The John Lautner Foundation and the Los Angeles Conservancy will co-present a panel discussion on Sunday, October 9, from 3pm-5pm at Wilshire Christian Church. Architects and owners of Lautner homes will explore various approaches to stewardship, from restoration to reconstruction and everything in between.

John Lautner Day

The month of June is just flying by. Before you know it, it’ll be July and time to celebrate everyone’s favorite summer holiday. No, not that one–John Lautner Day! The city of Los Angeles has officially declared July 16, 2011 John Lautner Day.

The Schaffer Residence In Glendale

John Lautner’s master work, The Schaffer Residence, is back on the market. Built in 1949, the redwood, concrete, and glass home is located at the foot of the Verdugo Mountains.

Lucite For Now & Later

Lucite furniture from the original master, Charles Hollis Jones, to CB2!

Interview With Kristin Kilmer Design

Kristin Kilmer of Kristin Kilmer Design, Inc. has been the interior designer of some of the most architecturally significant homes in Los Angeles, including John Lautner’s Wolff House and Stevens House, R.M. Schindler’s How House, and Ray Kappe’s Canna Road House. Kilmer combines the theories and practices of the mid-century masters with the current materials of today to create her “Eco Modern Luxury” approach to design. Her company uses the fundamental green values, demonstrating that design can be both sustainable and luxurious. Kilmer took a few moments out of her busy schedule to talk to Take Sunset about how she started working with mid-century masterpieces, how she gets into the mind of Schindler and Lautner, and what she’s doing in Grey’s Anatomy’s Sara Ramirez’s bathroom in Echo Park…

Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman

Have you seen Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman? “Visual Acoustics celebrates the life and career of Julius Shulman, the world’s greatest architectural photographer, whose images brought modern architecture to the American mainstream. Shulman, who passed away this year, captured the work of nearly every modern and progressive architect since the 1930s including Frank Lloyd Wright, RichardNeutra, John Lautner, and Frank Gehry…

12412 Deerbrook Lane In Brentwood


This spectacular A. Quincy Jones home was built in 1950 and has been designated a cultural monument. Beautifully clean lines and walls of glass accentuate the original design of thissecluded refuge in Brentwood. The home has undergone updates and renovation that stay true to its original architectural integrity.