Mid Century Modern Porn: Hotel Lautner

This is a Modern Bear favorite! An iconic desert hideaway once known as the Desert Hot Springs Motel has been re-imagined today as Hotel Lautner, an award winning, stunning modern day oasis in the desert.

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The owners purchased the famed modernist architect John Lautner’s mid-century property in 2008 and spent 3 ½ years on its meticulous renovation. To bring this resort successfully into the 21st century, the owners/designers were careful to remain tastefully true to the gestalt of the original design. It has been accurately described as a “hybrid” between luxury vacation rental property and micro-boutique hotel.

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Guests are encouraged to live the Mid-Century Modern “Lautner Lifestyle” in their own private flat equipped with all the creature comforts of a “home away from home”. One can also rent out the entire compound for the ultimate retreat with family and friends. We recently attended a friend’s wedding ceremony and reception there, a magical setting featuring candle lit tables at twilight surrounded by the desert mountains.

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The hotel is comprised of four ingenious interlocking structures. The dramatic play of light throughout the day and night is achieved with the thoughtful use of skylights and glass walls. An impressive succulent garden wraps each unit on three sides giving the guest the magical feeling of living in a terrarium.

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The outdoor patios and garden areas are four steps up giving the room a feeling of being nestled in the desert earth. Each of the four units is remarkably spacious and is uniquely appointed with luxurious vintage modern furnishings and boutique hotel amenities.

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We loved the Saline Plunge Pool with built in seating, large enough to accommodate 8 people, and the adjacent lounge area and outdoor shower. There is also a dramatic Communal Fire Pit Lounge with cushions and pillows, with an Infrared BBQ and dining area located next to the fire pit lounge. Classic butterfly chairs are located throughout the compound.

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Hotel Lautner is located just 10 minutes north of downtown Palm Springs where guests can enjoy fantastic restaurants, vintage modern shopping and mid-century modern architecture. If you’re looking for a unique get-away from crowds but still want to be close enough to drive to clubs, dining, and shopping, we highly recommend this fabulous modern gem in the sunny California desert!

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Mad About Mad Men Sets

We are drooling over Interior Design Magazine’s tribute to the furnishings and set design of one of our fave shows, Mad Men!

Set Decorator Amy Wells and Production Designer Dan Bishop have nailed the period perfectly from the show’s time span of early 60’s to 1969. Everything from furniture to distinctive props and wallpaper all come together to create “Mid Century Modern Porn” for us design addicts!

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“On Matthew Weiner’s TV series Mad Men, the set for the New York apartment of Don and Megan Draper is a penthouse on Park Avenue. Photography by Eric Laignel.” – Interior Design Magazine

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“Paneling in the reception area imitates walnut. Photography by Eric Laignel.” – Interior Design Magazine

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“Its color palette is intended as a counterpoint to the hard lines of the architecture. Photography by Eric Laignel.” – Interior Design Magazine

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“Custom cabinetry in the Drapers’ bedroom is walnut. Photography by Eric Laignel.” – Interior Design Magazine

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“Paul Williams’s L.A. headquarters for MCA, 1939, inspired the agency’s new satellite office. Photography by Eric Laignel.” – Interior Design Magazine

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Megan Draper serves cocktails to neighbors Arnold and Sylvia Rosen. Photography courtesy of Michael Yarish/AMC.

Inspiration from Vintage Sunset Books

At Modern Bear, we love collecting vintage Sunset books from the 1950’s through the 70’s. These specialty books were published by Sunset Magazine, and devoted to such subjects as landscaping, cooking, and do-it-yourself design projects. They feature a plethora of photos and articles that can inspire today’s Mid Century Modernist to recreate for their lifestyle today! One can find these books on ebay, etsy, and your local thrift and vintage stores.

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Russel Wright’s House ~ “Dragon Rock”

One of our favorite designers of the 20th Century is Russel Wright. He designed his personal studio and retreat, (christened “Dragon Rock” by his daughter) in 1952. Nestled into a rocky hillside among 75 acres of trees and woodland gardens, the house and studio overlook a quarry pond.

We love how Wright designed the house with expansive walls of glass, offering dramatic views of the waterfall and surrounding landscape. Their design recalls Japanese temple architecture and an Asian sensibility in handcrafted details and in their deference to nature.

Inside Dragon Rock, Wright intertwined nature and design through elements that included a staircase crafted from boulders, tree limbs used as uprights, and natural elements incorporated into wall coverings and other surfaces.

The property, which is also called “Manitoga,” includes 4 miles of walking trails that Wright designed, with numerous plantings. The trails connect with the Appalachian Trail alongside the neighboring ridge of Canada Hill in Hudson Highlands State Park via the Osborne Loop. The outer trails are open to the public daily until sunset for a suggested donation. Guided tours of Dragon Rock – the house, studio and inner landscape – are offered Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 11am and 1:30pm by advanced booking.

“Style in Steel Home” – Architect Donald Wexler

One of our fave Mid Century Modern architects is Donald Wexler, who was hugely influential in creating the classic Palm Springs look in the homes he designed. He is known for pioneering the use of steel in residential architecture, and in 1962, he designed the all-steel Alexander houses.

In 1967, Wexler designed the fabulous “Style in Steel” house located in Buena Park, California, and featured here in these brilliant photos by Julius Shulman.

Designed by Donald Wexler, 1967. Photo by Julius Shulman
Designed by Donald Wexler, 1967.
Photo by Julius Shulman
Designed by Donald Wexler, 1967. Photo by Julius Shulman
Designed by Donald Wexler, 1967.
Photo by Julius Shulman
Designed by Donald Wexler, 1967. Photo by Julius Shulman
Designed by Donald Wexler, 1967.
Photo by Julius Shulman
Designed by Donald Wexler, 1967. Photo by Julius Shulman
Designed by Donald Wexler, 1967.
Photo by Julius Shulman
Designed by Donald Wexler, 1967. Photo by Julius Shulman
Designed by Donald Wexler, 1967.
Photo by Julius Shulman
Designed by Donald Wexler, 1967. Photo by Julius Shulman
Designed by Donald Wexler, 1967.
Photo by Julius Shulman
Designed by Donald Wexler, 1967. Photo by Julius Shulman
Designed by Donald Wexler, 1967.
Photo by Julius Shulman