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Richard Neutra Channel Heights Housing Project Prototype Table Lamp

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Upon America’s entrance into Word War II in 1941, the country focused on wartime production to supply armaments and vehicles for campaigns in Western Europe and the Pacific. In order to house the thousands of workers building ships in the San Pedro Harbor, architect Richard Neutra (1892-1970) was commissioned to design the Channel Heights Housing Project. Families living in the low-rent structures had access to a health center, gardens, daycare, and even a woodshop for the workers to build their own furniture. The rooms were spartan but comfortable, outfitted with built-in furniture and Neutra’s famous Boomerang Chair. Prior to the completion of the development, Julius Shulman photographed the lamp resting on a Channel Heights windowsill. The housing project long ago demolished, the lamp, designed at Neutra’s Silver Lake workspace, has remained in the family’s California homes ever since. According to Neutra’s son, Raymond, “This lamp and I have grown old together, surviving the battering of seven decades and showing the inevitable scars.”

– Paul Des Marais, Contributing Writer

One of only two known examples to survive, this lamp is the epitome of what would later be known as “form follows function”. Four simple planks of wood, a pane of glass, a light bulb, and wire come together in an elegantly simple design that captures Neutra’s essence. His programmatic architecture is reflected in the cantilevered and asymmetrical elements.

– Peter Loughrey

Dr. Neutra who is auctioning this family heirloom, is donating the proceeds to the Cal Poly Pomona Foundation for the restoration of the Richard and Dion Neutra VDL studio and residences.

 

Lot Information:

Richard Neutra
Prototype table lamp
Channel Heights Housing Project
1942
10.125″ h x 18″ l x 4″ d
Estimate $20,000 – $30,000
To be offered in the May 6, 2012 Modern Art & Design Auction 

Neutra Architectural Firm’s 85th Anniversary



April 8th, 9th and 10th will see a  celebration of the Neutra Architectural firm’s 85th year in practice, and also Richard Neutra’s 119th birthday, which is Friday, April 8th. The City plans a ‘Neutra Practice 85th Anniversary Weekend in L.A’ for April 8-10, 2011.

The Neutra Institute is projecting the three-day celebration to start with a birthday dinner on Friday, April 8, served at the Eagle Rock Park Clubhouse, designed by the firm in 1954, and on which son and Partner, Dion Neutra, FISD, AIA, served as project architect. The weekend will also mark the 57th anniversary of the completion of this building, now a City Cultural Monument.  It is located at 1100 Eagle Vista Drive, off the Figueroa Exit of the 134.

Reserve your tickets here!

Schedule of events listed below:

1. FRIDAY, APRIL 8
7:00 – 10:00 PM
DINNER, CAKE, TOASTS AND MOVIE with RJN
Richard Neutra’s 119th Birthday – $60
Eagle Recreation Center (ERC)

2A. SATURDAY, APRIL 9
10:00 – 12:00 PM
FOLLOWERS OF FAMOUS DESIGN FATHERS SYMPOSIUM
Discussion // Video presentation Featuring:
Eric Lloyd Wright, Emily Ain, Eames Demetrios, Nathaniel Kahn – $25
Eagle Recreation Center (ERC)

2B. 2:00 – 3:30 PM
REUNION OF NEUTRA OWNERS, CLIENTS,
COLLABORATORS, BUILDERS, ETC.
Prizes for oldest, furthest traveled, etc.
Auction of Neutra drawings – $25
Eagle Recreation Center (ERC)

2C. 4:00 – 5:30 PM
LA CITY HONORS PR ACTICE AND BUILDING
Celebrating 57 years of service this year, most recently as a City Monument.
Also Firm’s 85th Year in Practice – $15
Eagle Recreation Center (ERC)

3. SATURDAY, APRIL 9
7:00 – 9:30 PM
VIP RECEPTION AND MOVIE w RJN
Talks Refreshments – Benefit
VDL II Silver Lake – $75

4. SUNDAY, APRIL 10
11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Comprehensive Neutra Interiors Tour: 10 sites – $85

LIST OF SITES:

  • NEUTRA OFFICE BUILDING
  • R&D NEUTRA VDL RESEARCH II
  • TREETOPS
  • DION NEUTRA HOUSE
  • TREEHOUSE APT.
  • FLAVIN HOUSE
  • OHARA HOUSE
  • INADOMI HOUSE
  • LOVELL HEALTH HOUSE
  • EAGLE ROCK RECREATION CENTER

5. SPECIAL ADDED FEATURE
Sunday April 10, 12:00 – 5:00 PM
Lovell Health House Tour
4616 Dundee Dr., Los Feliz
$25 / person
Self driven : park down or down from cul-de-sac

Eagle Rock Recreation Center
1100 Eagle Vista Dr., Eagle Rock
Exterior only // Closed Sundays // Self Driven
134 to or from Pasadena
exit at Figueroa
Park either in lot or along street