Grand Opening September 2011 in Desert Hot Springs, California, Renovated
John Lautner Landmark Is a Boutique Hotel for the Sophisticated Resort Set
The iconic desert hideaway once known as the Desert Hot Springs Motel is re-imagined today as Hotel Lautner, a stunning modern day oasis in the desert. Los Angeles based interior designer Tracy Beckmann of Tracy Beckman Design and furniture designer Ryan Trowbridge of Brown + Trowbridge purchased the famed modernist architect John Lautner’s mid-century gem (built in 1947) and spent 3 ½ years on its meticulous renovation. The pair now introduces their chic reworking of this architectural landmark as Hotel Lautner, a four-suite boutique resort located just two hours east of Los Angeles, open to the public this September.
With top-shelf features, vintage modern furniture, luxurious baths, contemporary kitchens, private gardens, relaxing spa pool and outdoor lounge areas—the amenities and appointments at Hotel Lautner seem fantastically sophisticated for what was originally a 1940s era prototype for a master planned community in the desert.
Located at the northern end of the Coachella Valley, Hotel Lautner appeals to the essence of the metropolitan sensibility, relocated to a spectacular desert setting. Embedded amid a who’s-who of quintessential mid-century furniture designers, including Milo Baughman, Harry Bertoia, Adrian Pearsall, Warren Platner and Sigurd Russel, Hotel Lautner guests will find all the necessary luxuries of post-modern living, such as Frette linens, L’Occitane bath products, induction cook tops, TV/DVD, free wi-fi, and iPhone docks. A hybrid boutique hotel and upscale vacation rental, Hotel Lautner invites guests to indulge their midcentury fantasies in their own private Lautner flat.
To bring this exceptional site successfully into the 21st century, designers Beckmann and Trowbridge (both members of the John Lautner Foundation) were careful to remain tastefully true to the gestalt of the original property. “Our goal for the renovation was to remain as true to Lautner’s vision for the property as possible. The hotel needed to showcase the brilliance of Lautner’s architecture while embracing the needs of today’s discerning hotel traveler,” comments Beckmann, (designer of Tar Pit, Mas Malo).
Paying homage to the four primary elements used in the original construction of the property- concrete, steel, redwood and glass- the designers painstakingly restored and replaced damaged redwood and glass throughout. Concrete walls were stripped down to their original bare surfaces, revealing as many as 20 different former colors, leaving the revamped color scheme up to the designers’ interpretation.
Suite color schemes were ultimately inspired by the unique hand-crafted Heath tiles the designers chose and placed in deliberate patterns for each suite’s individual bathroom. Vintage designer furniture, photographs, and libraries featuring books and DVD’s chronicling the work of both Lautner and Shulman speak to the provenance of the property; meanwhile the present day abounds in stainless steel kitchen appliances and custom built redwood and steel bed frames built by Trowbridge’s furniture company Brown + Trowbridge.
Public areas at Hotel Lautner speak to the finer points of living in a dry heat. An outdoor lounge with fire pit is ideal for brisk evening stargazing, while spa pool and outdoor shower are the perfect counterbalance to midsummer sun. The property is enveloped by rare and expensive succulent gardens, curated by Trowbridge, which are featured prominently throughout the resort.