Thinking about John Lautner in Berkeley.


On July 17, the Berkeley Studio hosted an event to celebrate architect John Lautner. We hosted a packed house with writer/director Bette Jane Cohen, and screened her 16mm documentary film, John Lautner: the Spirit in Architecture, which she introduced in 1991. Lautner was one of the most influential architects of the 20th century and there is nothing else like his work. You’ve seen them in Hollywood movies (James Bond) and on TV. The 60-minute film was completed before Lautner passed away in 1994. Bette was able to tour the film with Lautner when it was first released, and had some amazing stories to share with the audience about her time with Lautner and about making the film. Candid interviews with Lautner himself and insight from colleagues combine to create a very interesting film on this amazingly creative architect. Bette answered some really great questions and three lucky winners took home Taschen’s Lautner book. Lautner worked mostly solo as he found architectural committees and collaborating would lead to compromising on creativity and the design. Contact the Berkeley Studio at if you are interested in purchasing one of the films on VHS tape.

Want to learn more about John Lautner? Check out info about the film here. Plus, the UCLA Hammer Museum has an exhibit on him, which opened July 13.

Posted by Lisa Russell, Proprietor, Berkeley Studio