The Elrod House, Palm Springs
You might recognize the Elrod House, in Palm Springs, as the location of the fight scene in the James Bond film, Diamonds Are Forever, or perhaps as the host of one of several Playboy shoots. The 9000 sq foot home designed by John Lautner for interior designer, Arthur Elrod in 1968, has become quite a pop culture fixture. The stunning home was built with a timeless aesthetic designed to counter the desert sun through the use of a concrete domed roof and wedged shaped skylights that let in natural light and add shade. A prominent feature of the house is the lounge area that’s a 60-foot circle, plus two 25 feet glass walls that slide away to open the living area to the outside, at the touch of a button. Elrod carefully planned the spacious house’s interior with elegant results – by way of goat hair carpet and redwood ceilings amidst the stonework, and minimal furniture, leaving the space open – and ideal for film work. Set against a magnificently rugged backdrop, the outside space makes way for a sauna, swimming pool, t-shaped bath and sun deck, all perfect for pool parties. (Thanks Highsnobiety for the rejuvenated interest on this one).