R. M. Schindler

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Maverick of mid-century American architecture   "Each of my buildings deal with a different architectural problem, the existence of which has been forgotten in this period of Rational Mechanization. The question of whether a house is really a house is more important to me, than the fact that it is made of steel, glass, putty or hot air."
- R. M. Schindler

Hailing from Vienna, Rudolph Michael Schindler (1887-1953), like his colleague Richard Neutra, emigrated to the US and applied his International Style techniques to the movement that would come to be known as California Modernism. Influenced by the work of Frank Lloyd Wright and taking cues from spatial notions found in cubism, he developed a singular style characterized by geometrical shapes, bold lines, and association of materials such as wood and concrete, as seen in his own Hollywood home (built in 1921-22) and the house he designed for P.M. Lovell in Newport Beach (1923-24).   About the Series:
Each book in TASCHEN’s Basic Architecture Series features:

  • an introduction to the life and work of the architect
  • the major works in chronological order
  • information about the clients, architectural preconditions as well as construction problems and resolutions
  • a list of all the selected works and a map indicating the locations of the best and most famous buildings
  • approximately 120 illustrations (photographs, sketches, drafts and plans)

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Hailing from Vienna, Rudolph Michael Schindler (1887-1953), like his colleague Richard Neutra, emigrated to the US and applied his International Style techniques to the movement that would come to be known as California Modernism. Influenced by the work of Frank Lloyd Wright and taking cues from spatial notions found in cubism, he developed a singular style characterized by geometrical shapes, bold lines, and association of materials such as wood and concrete, as seen in his own Hollywood home (built in 1921-22) and the house he designed for P.M. Lovell in Newport Beach (1923-24). Basic Architecture features; Each title contains approximately 120 images, including photographs, sketches, drawings, and floor plans; Introductory essays explore the architect's life and work, touching on family and background as well as collaborations with other architects; The body presents the most important works in chronological order, with descriptions of client and/or architect wishes, construction problems (why some projects were never executed), and resolutions; The appendix includes a list of complete or selected works, biography, bibliography and a map indicating the locations of the architect's most famous buildings

About the Author:

James Steele practiced architecture in Philadelphia for a decade, taught at the King Faisal University in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia from 1983-1989, and currently teaches at the University of Southern California. He has written several books on Los Angeles as well as various aspects of its architecture.

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Book Description Taschen, 2005. Soft cover. Book Condition: New. No Jacket. 1st Edition. Schindler was born and schooled in Vienna graduating in 1911 with a degree in architecture. Schindler also met his lifelong friend and rival Richard Neutra at the university in 1912, before completing his thesis project in 1913. Their careers would parallel each other: both would go to Los Angeles through Chicago, be recognized as important early modernists creating new styles suited to the Californian climate, and sometimes, both would work for the same clients. At one point, they and their wives shared a communal office and living structure designed by Schindler. In 1914 Schindler finally met Frank Lloyd Wright and soon after Wright was able to hire Schindler after obtaining the commission for the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo, a major project that would keep the architect in Japan for several years. Schindler's role was to continue Wright's American operations in his absence, working out of Wright's Oak Park studio.Schindler was engaged to design several private commissions while in Los Angeles, notably, he completed what many think is his finest building, the Kings Road House, also known as the Schindler house or the Schindler-Chase house, as an office and home for two professional couples by late spring 1922. He and his wife were one of the couples living in the communal structure. He also started to take on several projects of his own. Of the houses Wright built in this period, the Hollyhock House was undoubtedly the most significant, for which Schindler did most of the drawings and oversaw the construction of, while Frank Lloyd Wright still was in Japan. The client, Aline Barnsdall, subsequently chose Schindler as her architect to design a number of other small projects for her on Olive Hill and a spectacular beach-side 'translucent house' in 1927, which remains one of the great uncompleted projects of the twentieth century. Many of the fine photographs of Rudolph Schindler's work, as well as Frank Lloyd Wright's, were taken by Julius Shulman who had worked with both architects since the 1930s. Signed on the title page by photographer Julius Shulman and the writer, James Steele. A map in the back of the book shows all 32 of the buildings featured in this book. Paypal always welcome. We pack and ship all our books with care in cardboard boxes or Priority Envelopes with cardboard. Additional photos emailed upon request. Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # 08-02-11 Case

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