Architect, John Lautner designed this iconic Palm Springs home for one of my favorite Interior Designer's, Arthur Elrod. You may recognize this home from photo shoots, television and most famously, the 1971 James Bond movie, Diamonds are Forever. More recently, I was watching Iron Man 2 and thought that Tony Stark's house looked a whole lot like the Elrod House - not so sure if it was in fact the Elrod House or just an inspired design? Anyways, Palm Springs is a mecca for Mid-Century design and the Elrod House sits at the top of the list for phenomenal rule-breaking and game changing design.
Lautner built the home into the rocky mountainside and incorporated the natural material and landscape into his design. He embraced not only the native landscape but also the extreme desert climate. He included design features which allowed the view and plenty of light to flood in while the sun's intense heat was kept out. The conical domed roof has alternating petals which are angled and designed ever-so to optimize the most light while providing shade to the house.
On the main floor, a long curved wall separates and hides the kitchen away from the circular living room.
The sunken tub in the master bath is exposed to the outside, with only a glass wall standing between the T-shaped tub and a tidy row of bamboo. The area is unprotected but private, thanks to the remote site and the natural screening of a boulder."
The pool deck has sweeping views of the valley and the San Jacinto and San Gorgonio Mountains. Can you imagine waking up and sippin' your coffee on this deck? Such a dream, such a dream.
A guest house and servants quarters can be accessed by a spiral staricase from the pool deck, which was added 2 years aftern the main house was built. From what I understand, not much else has changed since the home was built in 1968. The owners of this home have done a pretty great job of maintaining its original glory and thank goodness! I am hoping one day I will buy this beauty and call it my own... or I can be satisfied with just a tour.
Source: Palm Spring Life