29 AUG 2019

The Lines and Forms of Richard Neutra

A few years ago we were lucky enough to have a holiday in California and of course we had to head over to Palm Springs for some architecture tourism.

Words by Emma Eagle

Richard Neutra's still-impressive works in the area are modernist masterpieces. We've put together a series of our favourite Neutra houses together with an edit of pieces which are inspired by the designs of each structure.

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The house featured above, situated in Palm Springs, was designed for retail entrepreneur Edgar J Kaufmann in 1946. Kaufmann also commissioned Frank Lloyd Wright to create the iconic 'Falling Water'. It mixes natural materials from the landscape like large boulders at the entrance, with glass, steel and concrete render. The upper level seems to float, with transparent beams creating an open space illuminated by polished wood panels on the underside of the ceiling.

Singleton House (1959)

Once owned by Vidal Sassoon, this Bel Air home was designed for industrialist Henry Singleton.

During his extensive career as an architect, he created some of the most memorable homes of the period which epitomised the American dream. Each was beautifully integrated with the surrounding landscape with a signature, linear form, flat roof and lavish use of floor to ceiling glass.

Hans Wegner Model 236 Sofa for Getama

The highly-celebrated Hans Wegner defined the mid 20th century Danish aesthetic through his work with some of Denmark's most premium furniture makers. This stunning sofa is a substantial yet elegant offering for Getama which has become an icon of modern Scandinavian design. Shop Now

Lovell Heath House (1927 – 1929)

This bold, white design has appeared in the 1997 film 'LA Confidential'. It was one of the first homes to utilise a steel structure materials and on opening, the home attracted 15,000 viewers to the opening. It was a new type of built space, pivotal to Neutra's career and a good example of the International Style.

Neutra studied the patterns of the life of his clients, producing lengthy documentation which examined their behaviour. He was also heavily influenced by the work of Sigmund Freud and was convinced that the built environment could cure neuroses. Lovell Heath House had various rooms for therapeutic purposes, including sunbathing, fitness and open air sleeping.

George Nelson Platform Bench for Herman Miller

If good design is timeless then George Nelson's enduring Platform Bench takes pride of place. Since it's inception in 1946, Nelson's elegant offering has provided a simple solution to a range of needs. It excels as a table, platform base or seating, depending on need and situation. Shop Now

PBS Mobelfabrik Danish Coffee Table

This stunning Danish coffee table features beautiful craftsmanship and a refined lightness of form. Slender pin style legs elevate a vibrant teak tabletop inset with memorable inky blue tiles. Shop Now

Pair of Lane 'First Edition' Side Tables

These elegant side tables showcase all of the reasons Lane furniture was so popular. Perfect proportions, bold materials and high end construction all combine to create a memorable design. Shop Now

Chuey Houe (1956)

Richard Neutra often incorporated protruding beams to define space and add strength to the structure. Chuey House makes use of this feature to great visual effect with the space, which incorporates an overhanging roof and an effortless looking pool. The use of water also featured strongly throughout Neutra's designs, even (at the VDL house) he designed a daring water feature on the top of a lower level to give a lightness to the space above.

'Capella' Armchairs by Illum Wikkelso

Illum Wikkelso has a legacy for creating some of the finest Danish mid-century furniture. A minimalist teak frame with exposed joints in the armrests define this iconic design. Shop Now

Arne Halvorsen for Rasmus Solberg Coffee Table

This coffee table from Arne Halvorsen is a mid-century classic. It features a refined and sculptural base that arches up to elevate a circular top. Shop Now

Linear Designs from Good Form

We couldn't complete an edit of Neutra inspired design without mentioning the Modulo range from Ercol. This memorable sideboard is part of the larger Modulo range. A collection of contemporary modular, stackable cabinets with a highly refined form. Designer Dylan Freeth has focused on clean lines and elegant proportions, tailored for modern living. Shop Now at GoodForm.co.nz

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