Looking for inspiration and a weekend getaway?
Located just outside of Palm Springs is the John Lautner
designed Desert Hot Springs Motel
, which is comprised of just four interlocking units, each with its own patio and cacti garden. If the Lautner pedigree seems vaguely familiar, it might be because you've seen his homes in films such as "Diamonds Are Forever," "Lethal Weapon II", "Body Double", "Less Than Zero" and "The Big Lebowski" (who could forget the Jackie Treehorn scene?).
Each of these four rooms have been preserved and restored to such detail that all are furnished with era furnishings, a replica 1947 television and a refurbished 1937 Western Electric telephone. Occupants have their own private patio and cactus garden to admire while relaxing in the desert air. It's a desert Mid-Century masterpiece made of sprayed-on concrete, steel, glass and redwood that exemplifies the Southern Californian aesthetic and the blurring of indoors-outdoors lifestyle.
We're saddened to discover that Lautner Motel owner, Steve Lowe, passed away earlier this year of natural causes . Those interested in staying at the Lautner Motel can email or call
about availability of any of the rooms.