John Lautner, an innovative modernist architect who worked in the ’40s through the ’70s, designed a number of curving, round, arched, and wavy homes in California. He also liked triangles and odd-shaped polygons. What one doesn’t see a lot of in his designs are rectangles, right angles, and squares.
Perhaps his most famous house — shaped like a flying saucer — is the Chemosphere, an LA landmark.
A Lautner design with a round roof and zigzag glazing, known as the Pearlman Cabin, was built a few years earlier in Idyllwild -
Another house from that same period, called the Hatherall House, had a dramatic circular “great room” -
This jewel of a house, in Palm Springs, featured in the movie “Diamonds Are Forever” -
Like Frank Lloyd Wright, whom he studied with, Lautner was a prolific and successful architect who saw more than 100 of his designs built. He worked primarily in California, though a few of his works can be found elsewhere. Sadly, a number of his houses and buildings have been torn down, some quite recently.
A fairly comprehensive listing of Lautner’s works can be found here.