Taschen, Lautner, Taschen

Taschen, Lautner, Taschen

Gregory Han
Aug 7, 2007

So I was going to post about how a new Taschen store has just opened at the Farmer's market and I was going to have pictures and everything of the Phillipe Starck interior but after this flying saucer post I wanted to feature the Lautner designed Chemosphere house that is home to Taschen leader, Benedikt Taschen.

See how I brought it all around?

(photo from Hila Ben Avraham's Flickr)

Seems to me that the Lautner and his Chemosphere house epitomize the idea of escape. Not only does it look as though it could lift off, Lautner's architecture generally pushed the limits of convention. He re-evaluated ideas about structure, materials and philosophy. He escaped the norm looking for a new perspective on shelter.

Lautner didn't want to just make bitchin houses, he wanted to make a building so completely meet the needs of a client that they would not seek to leave the space. They would truly live there, in the deepest sense of the word. Escape from the need to have more, better, faster, more.

He wanted people to be satisfied, and what better place to try than LA? Oh the paradox!

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Lautner Desert Hot Springs Motel


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