About Richard Neutra
Neutra was born in Vienna in 1892 and studied both engineering and art as well as architecture and became an excellent draughtsman, skills which stood him in good stead when he emigrated to America in 1923. There he settled in Los Angeles as Hollywood and the movie industry boomed. He executed commissions of over 300 private homes and for many of these projects he designed the interiors and the furniture as well.
Neutra was fortunate enough to have been born into an intellectual Viennese family whose circle included artists and designers of the time, such as Adolf Loos and Erich Mendelsohn who later moved to England. He was clearly influenced by early Bauhaus designs and philosophies but, in America, developed his own design language, the modernity of which remains striking. Not surprisingly, therefore, his house designs are still used as modern or futuristic film sets and more than any other designer, he embodies the spirit of American Modernism. Indeed, in 1932, he was the only West Coast architect to be included in the New York Museum of Modern Art’s exhibition “Modern Architecture” which celebrated the new American style united with European design which became known as “The International Style.”
The furniture designs were originally not intended for commercial production but made as individual pieces for specific projects. Neutra’s son has now collaborated with a European furniture maker to produce to a very high quality standard and using the best and most appropriate materials these designs.
Richard Neutra lived long enough to work through the great Hollywood days, the post war modern era, the early Rock & Roll years and the swinging 60s but his work really remains timeless and it is a great honour for his furniture to be on show and for sale at the Home here at Salts Mill.