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Finding Aid for the Paul László papers, 1925-1975 0000150
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The Paul László papers span 24 linear feet and date from 1925 to 1975. The collection primarily consists of presentation boards of commercial buildings (interior and exterior) and furniture designs. However, the collection also contains architectural drawings and reprographic copies, correspondence, black-and-white photographs, and magazine and newspaper clippings arranged by project.
Paul László, interior designer and architect, was born February 6, 1900 in Hungary. He attended the Staatliche Akademie der Bilden den Kunste in Stuttgart, Germany where he studied architecture and design. László apprenticed with Fritz August Brueuhaus in Cologne Germany before he opened his practice in Vienna in 1925, at the age of 24. In 1936, László moved to Los Angeles where he quickly gained residential commissions. Throughout László’s career the majority of his work consisted of ultra-modern, spacious residential homes for celebrities and the wealthy. He designed homes for Cary Grant, Barbara Stanwyck, Robert Taylor and Barbara Hutton. László often designed all of the furniture and interiors for the structures he designed. As his career progressed László focused more of his energy on interior design. Some of his more notable projects include: Bullock’s, Goldwater’s, Robinson’s and Ohrhach’s department stores, a bomb shelter for Mr. John Daniel Hertz, and the Illing of California. Paul László died on March 27, 1993, at the age of 93.
24.0 Linear feet (7 record storage boxes, 5 flat file drawers, 1 model)
Partially processed collection, open for use by qualified researchers.