FASHION DESIGNER JEREMY SCOTT PURCHASES LAUTNER-DESIGNED ELROD HOUSE IN PALM SPRINGS
After years of visiting Palm Springs and hosting celebrity-filled annual parties during Coachella at the Sinatra Twin Palms Estate and most recently at the Corona Yacht Club in the city of Coachella, fashion designer Jeremy Scott has reportedly purchased one of the area’s most famed homes: the John Lautner-designed Elrod House.
Above: Fashion designer Jeremy Scott
The large home (8,901 square feet with 5 bedrooms and 5.5 bathrooms) is the ultimate modernist party pad, perched high into the hills of the Southridge neighborhood of Palm Springs and centered around a circular living room that is 60 feet in diameter and topped by a conical domed ceiling with nine concrete petals alternated between wedge-shaped glass windows. The home was commissioned by noted interior designer Arthur Elrod, who told Lautner “Give me what you think I should have on this lot.” Lautner decided to excavate down eight feet in order to expose the bedrock, which was incorporated into the design of the property. The home was completed in 1969, and just two years later was prominently featured in the 1971 James Bond film, “Diamonds Are Forever.” (scroll to end for a clip!)
Above: Plans for the Elrod House and photo of the domed main living room
Scott has reportedly paid close to the $8 million asking price, purchasing the home from Lloyd’s of London, the primary mortgage holder after the previous owner neared foreclosure and was unable to offload the property after initially listing at $13.9 million in 2009 and then $10.5 million earlier this year. Another Southridge home designed by Lautner, the Bob and Dolores Hope Estate completed in 1980, has also been on the market, priced at $25 million, down from an initial ask of $50 million. The Bob and Dolores Hope Estate served as the site of the Louis Vuitton Cruise 2016 Collection fashion show in May 2015.
The Elrod House will be Scott’s second Lautner property; he purchased the Foster-Carling House (built in 1947 and remodeled by Lautner in 1991) in LA’s Hollywood Hills in 2014 for $3.25 million. Scott recently hosted a party at another iconic Lautner home, the Sheats-Goldstein Residence in Los Angeles, to celebrate ten years of collaboration with French fashion house Longchamp.
Scott is the subject of the 2015 documentary “Jeremy Scott: The People’s Designer,” which chronicles the 40-year-old designer’s rural Missouri upbringing, the development of his eponymous fashion collection and collaborations with Adidas, and the 2014 launch of his inaugural collection as creative director of famed Italian fashion house Moschino.
Above: Looks from the Moschino Spring/Summer 2015 runway show
Above: Looks from the Jeremy Scott Spring/Summer 2016 collection
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Diamonds Are Forever at the Elrod House:
Elrod House images via elrodhouse.org