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Hanse 575

Hanse 575

I love the new Hanse flagship, the 575. It features a clean teak deck with flush hatches & skylights, a self-tending jib, an expanded companionway, a dingy garage and a loft inspired salon. The design by Judel/Vrolijk & Co. is beamy, bright and luxurious. This is one beautiful boat and reputed to be the fastest […]


Sheats-Goldstein Residence – Los Angeles

Sheats-Goldstein Residence - Los Angeles

This notable home has been in many movies: “Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle”, “Bandits”, “The Big Lebowski”, “Playing God” and “Unleashed.” The home was designed and built by John Lautner between 1961-63 and is an example of his organic architectural style. It was built for Helen and Dr. Paul Sheats. He also designed an apartment building […]


Jaguar XKX Concept Car

Jaguar XKX Concept Car

Is this a car or an angry extraterrestrial beast? It a bit overdone for my taste…more aggressive than elegant. Maybe Jaguar is considering a more affordable alternative to the supercar. Photo Source: Fubiz.net


Jaguar C-X75 Supercar Concept (Video)

Jaguar C-X75 Supercar Concept (Video)

Taliesin West – Scottsdale, AZ

Taliesin West - Scottsdale, AZ

This notable home was Frank Lloyd Wright’s winter home, studio and school from 1937 until he passed away in 1959. Actually, this wasn’t a home so much as camp site. The pylon like stone walls were made from quartsite and cement sourced on on site and built by his students. On top of the pylons […]


The Malin House (The Chemosphere) – Studio City

The Malin House (The Chemosphere) - Studio City

This notable house or a replica has been featured in the movies “Charlie’s Angels”, “Body Double” and the televison show “The Simpsons”…as the home of actor Troy McClure. The home was designed by John Lautner as a solution for building on a lot with a 45 degree downslope. The home rests on a 20 ft […]


Jaguar C-X16 Concept Car (video)

Jaguar C-X16 Concept Car (video)

The last few Jaguars have been very “ho, hum.” It looks like the company has regained it’s footing. This is a hybrid I can get behind.


Hollyhock House – Hollywood

Hollyhock House - Hollywood

This notable home was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright for Aline Barnsdale, a Pennsylvania oil heiress. His son Lloyd Wright built the home, and Rudolf Schindler supervised the design. Aline Barnsdale originally envisioned the creation of an artists’ colony of sorts. Her complete vision was never realized. The home was an attempt by Wright to […]


Dodge House – West Hollywood

Dodge House - West Hollywood

This notable home was demolished in 1970 yet is still considered one of the 10 best homes in Los Angeles. The home is famous for being one of the earliest examples of modernism, being built between 1914 – 1916, anticipating the architectual trends that would emerge after WWII. The home was designed by Irving Gill […]


Ray Kappe House – Pacific Palisades

Ray Kappe House - Pacific Palisades

This notable home was designed & built by Ray Kappe for himself, in 1967. It’s located in Los Angeles’ Rustic Canyon. The multi-level wood and glass home runs along and over a hillside. It is also built to allow a natural spring to run through the property. “It is the quitessential tree house,” said Ron […]


Eames House (Case Study House # 8) – Brentwood

Eames House (Case Study House # 8) - Brentwood

This notable home was built by Charles and Ray Eames as part of a Case Study home competition sponsored by Art and Architecture magazine. The plans for the home appeared in the magazine in 1949, and the couple moved into the the home Christmas of the same year. The home was conceived a residence for […]


Kaufmann House – Palm Springs

Kaufmann House - Palm Springs

This notable home is one of the most photogrphed homes the world and considered to be “one of the most important examples of international style architecture in the United States. The home was designed by Richard Neutra as a winter home for department store magnate Edgar J. Kaufmann Sr. It was built in 1946. Kaufmann […]


Schindler House – West Hollywood

Schindler House - West Hollywood

This notable home is famous for being the first home built in the modern style. It is also know as the Kings Road House. The architect, Rudolph Schindler came to Los Angeles to supervise the construction of Hollyhock House for Frank Lloyd Wright. While in Los Angeles he built Schindler House. The 2,500 sq ft […]


Jacobsen House – Hollywood Hills

Jacobsen House - Hollywood Hills

This notable home was featured in the James Garner film “Twilight.” Jacobsen house was designed by John Lautner. Its a hexagonal framed home with stunning canyon views. The heavily wooded surrounds and the use of natural materials in the interior blur the distinction between the inside and out. This is a common theme in Lautner’s […]


The Garcia House (Rainbow) – Hollywood Hills West

The Garcia House (Rainbow) - Hollywood Hills West

This notable home has appeared in “Lethal Weapon 2” where it was the headquarters for a South African drug ring. Mel Gibson famously demolishes this landmark house in the climax of the film. This house was designed by John Lautner for Russ Garcia, an arranger for Stan Kenton and built between 1958 – 1962. it […]


Hollywood Casts Modern Homes as Villians (video)

Hollywood Casts Modern Homes as Villians (video)

Modern homes blend naturally with their settings and blur the line between inside and outside living. So, why does Hollywood continue to portray the residents of modern architecture as cold, unfeeling villians?


Reiner / Burchill House (Silvertop) – Silverlake

Reiner / Burchill House (Silvertop) - Silverlake

This notable home was put on film during the making of the 80’s classic film “Less than Zero,” starring Robert Downey Jr. He would later star in “Iron Man” in which his character Tony Stark lives in a Lautner inspired Malibu home. Sorry, the “Iron Man” home only existed as a stage set piece and […]


The Elrod House – Palm Springs

The Elrod House - Palm Springs

This notable house is famous for its appearance in the James Bond classic “Diamonds are Forever.” Bond girls Bambi & Thumper rough 007 up a little before he successfully rescues billionaire Willard Wyler from his arch-villian kindnappers. The 8,901 square foot home was designed by John Lautner for interior designer Arthur Elrod, in 1968. The […]


The Ennis House – Los Angeles

The Ennis House - Los Angeles

This notable house has been featured in the movies “The House on Haunted Hill”, “The Day of the Locust”, “Blade Runner” and TV show “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” This was the fouth and largest of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Mayan revival style textile block construction homes in Los Angeles. It was built by his son, Lloyd […]


The Lovell Health House – Los Angeles

The Lovell Health House - Los Angeles

This notable house was featured in the movie “LA Confidential” as the home of the villianous Pierce Morehouse Patchett. The house was commissioned by Dr. Philip Lovell and designed & built by Richard Neutra between 1927-29. The house is reputed to be the first steel frame home built in the United States. This technolgical innovation […]


The Gamble House – Pasadena

The Gamble House - Pasadena

This notable house is famous for it’s appearence in the movie “Back to the Future” where it was depicted as the home of “Doc” Brown. The home is considered to be an excellent example of the American Arts & Crafts movement in architecture. It was designed by Greene & Greene for David and Mary Gamble […]


The Stahl House / Case Study #22 – Hollywood Hills West

The Stahl House / Case Study #22 - Hollywood Hills West

This notable house was made famous by a widely published photograph taken by Julius Schulman, depicting two women lounging while suspended over the city lights. Since then, the home has been photographed for many print ads, editorials, commercials and movies. Movies have included: “Nurse Betty”, “Why do Fools Fall in Love”, “Galaxy Quest” and “The […]



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