I’ve become quite fascinated by the visionary architect Richard Neutra ever since touring his Rice House in Richmond, VA (check out earlier posts on the Rice House and a showcase of his use of linear tile). I’m drawn to his clean lines, edited aesthetic, use of stone (!) and the intersection of nature and architecture in his work.
While doing some other research, I happened across the Boomerang Chair featured below and decided to see what other pieces were either designed or inspired by Richard Neutra.
Richard Neutra believed that architecture should serve as a catalyst for social betterment. When he developed the San Pedro, Calif. Channel Heights Housing project in 1942, he also designed the Boomerang Chair which was intended for its interiors. With a uniquely shaped veneered plywood frame and a form-fitting woven web seating surface, the Boomerang Chair provided an aesthetically rich furniture solution. Under the guidance of Dion Neutra, House Industries and Otto Design Group have collaborated to make this rare specimen of Modern furniture more widely available – even to those who don’t own a Neutra home.
DWR (Design Within Reach) Design Studio worked with Dion Neutra to produce these numbers true to the 1930s originals, in exacting detail. His father and business partner, architect Richard Neutra, specified these numbers for use on the mid-century buildings he designed.
House Industries is a font shop/collective down in Delaware that’s been around since the early ’90′s. Since their inception they have become HUGE in the world of font design, but a compelling part of their story is that they use their design skills to branch out into a number of other related areas, designing pilows, bags, and games and the production of the Boomerang Chair featured above. Love their pillows!
The small company, Modern Birdhouses, designed a line of elegant and eco-friendly birdhouses that were inspired by the pioneering architects of the 1940s Case Study Houses Program and named after J.R. Davidson, Richard Neutra, and Ralph Rapson. The birdhouses comply with a contemporary standard, utilizing sustainably harvested teak certified by the Rainforest Alliance’s SmartWood program. Your birds will live in STYLE!
An illustrator, painter and ceramicist, Michael Pfleghaar has several different series of works. All of them have amazing energy, use of color and whether exteriors or interiors, a modernist sensibility. One of his series consists of several famous icons of modern architecture, including the Neutra shown below. And for those who can’t afford his original art, he sells his prints at Imagekind and in his Etsy store you can buy greeting cards that feature his work like the one shown below.