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Dec 15, 2011
Desert Flower - Architectural Digest

In 1947, just a few years before designing his most famous sculptural, space-age homes, architect John Lautner erected a small retreat for a film producer outside Palm Springs, California. An inspired complex of four modules made of concrete, redwood, glass and steel, the structure later served as a motel before, sadly, falling into poor condition.

Hotel Lautner

Following a meticulous refurbishment by designers Tracy Beckmann and Ryan Trowbridge, the renamed Hotel Lautner now cuts a smart profile with burnt-orange I beams elbowing into the sky above retroweled concrete walls. The duo furnished each of the units in vintage midcentury pieces by Warren Platner, Harry Bertoia, and Sigurd Resell, among others, while Trowbridge created beds that tuck neatly beneath the pitched ceilings, giving guests the sensation of sleeping in a desert cave. Cool in every sense of the word.


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