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June 2018- Dallas

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51 H igh above the hills o f L o s A n g e l e s , the Sheats- Goldstein house has e n d u r e d for more than 50 years as a cultural touchstone, its space-age architecture as timeless today as it was when architect John Lautner conceived it in 1963. The Big Lebowski, Charlie's Angles: Full Throttle, and Bandits were all filmed under its cantilevered roof; Snoop Dogg made it the location for his music video, "Let's Get Blown," and Mark Ronson and Jamie XX partied here before the 2016 Grammy Awards. In 2015, Rihanna chose the house for her 27th birthday bash, with Leonardo DiCaprio in attendance. James Goldstein, the house's colorful owner since 1972, recalls a notorious party when a huge traffic jam developed blocks away as people tried to get to the house — Jack Nicholson, drink in hand, got out of his car and directed traffic. Hollywood has always embraced Lautner's striking, futuristic creations. The 1971 James Bond spy film, Diamonds Are Forever, was filmed inside the Lautner–designed Elrod Residence, a conical, concrete wonder invisibly tucked into the rocky hillside above Palm Springs. Body Double took place at Lautner's awe-inspiring Malin Chemosphere Residence, a panoramic glass octagon rising above the Hollywood Hills landscape via steel pedestal, like a Martian spaceship. Lethal Weapon and Less Than Zero were filmed at other Lautner houses — and the list goes on. "Fifty years have gone by and it feels like five or 10 — and I don't know what the hell happened because I was involved," Lautner once said about his prolific career. During the mid- 20th century, Lautner built almost 200 houses and commercial buildings throughout Southern California. He was a major contributor to the commercial architecture genre known as Googie, the ultramodern roadside buildings of the '50s and '60s named for Lautner's design for the Googie coffee-shop on Sunset Boulevard. Still, despite the hundreds of designs and Tinseltown attention, Lautner didn't achieve prominence with his peers or the architectural press until after his death in 1994. Googie architecture, once derided by critics as vulgar and superficial, is now considered a part of the American cultural zeitgeist. Several of Lautner's houses in Los Angeles have been designated as historic cultural monuments. The Row washed red silk charmeuse dress $2,650, at Forty Five Ten, Neiman Marcus, Tootsies,, A skylight is created from 750 glass bottles, which pen- etrate the roof. Alexander Wang studded crop top, price upon request, tie-front pant $650, leather waist cincher, price upon request, and Kaia heel $595, all at Forty Five Ten, Neiman Marcus,,

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