After constructing the Kings Road House in West Hollywood using redwood and concrete in 1922, Viennese architect Rudolph M. Schindler (1887-1953) continued experimenting with forms and materials throughout Los Angeles, punctuating the hillside neighborhoods with modern design throughout the first half of the century. Designed by Schindler for the Armon House in Los Angeles’ Mount Washington neighborhood, the desk, like the house, is constructed of sanded pine plywood. The single-family dwelling was built towards the tail end of Schindler’s robust career when his architectural style had achieved continuity through exposed wood frames and intricate geometrical designs. Utilitarian and spacious, this desk foreshadows commercial models that have become commonplace in the American home.
– Paul Des Marais, Contributing Writer
Rudolph M. Schindler
designed for the Armon House 1946
Estimate $30,000 – 50,000
To be offered in the May 6, 2012 Modern Art & Design Auction
Sheine, Judith. “The Architecture of R.M. Schindler King of the Hills.” Artforum.com. Art Forum, May 2011. Web. 10 Feb. 2012.