Finding Aid for the Paul László papers, 1925-1975 0000150

Finding aid prepared by Melinda Gandara, Alex Hauschild, Emily Fukiage, Nicole Stout, Michael Wertheim, Jennifer Whitlock, and Chris Marino
The finding aid for this collection was made possible by a Getty Foundation Archival Arrangement & Description Grant.
Architecture and Design Collection, Art, Design & Architecture Museum
Arts Building Room 1434
University of California
Santa Barbara, California, 93106-7130
805-893-2724
adc@museum.ucsb.edu


Title: Paul László papers
Identifier/Call Number: 0000150
Contributing Institution: Architecture and Design Collection, Art, Design & Architecture Museum
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 24.0 Linear feet (7 record storage boxes, 5 flat file drawers, 1 model)
Date (inclusive): 1925-1975
creator: Laszlo, Paul, 1900-1993 -- Archives

Access

Partially processed collection, open for use by qualified researchers.

Custodial History note

Gift of Paul László, 1974. Additional material gifted from Loma Griffifth in 1978 and 2003.

Preferred Citation note

Paul László papers, Architecture and Design Collection. Art, Design & Architecture Museum; University of California, Santa Barbara.

Biographical/Historical note

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.

Scope and Content note

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.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Laszlo, Paul, 1900-1993
Architect-designed furniture -- United States -- 20th century
Architects -- California
Architectural drawings
Architecture -- California -- 20th century
Architecture -- California -- Los Angeles -- 20th Century
Architecture, Modern -- 20th century -- California -- Los Angeles
Correspondence
Furniture design
Modern movement (Architecture) -- California
Negatives
Photographic prints
Presentation drawings (proposals)
Reprographic copies
Sketches

 

Personal Papers Series I. 1947-1963

Physical Description: 0.04 Linear feet
 

Biographical Information A. 1947-1963

Physical Description: 0.02 Linear feet
Box 1, Folder 1

Biographical Narratives, Miscellaneous 1947-1963

 

Correspondence B.

Physical Description: 0.02 Linear feet
Box 1, Folder 2

Street, Mike, Christmas Card 1975

 

Professional Papers Series II. 1934-1965

Physical Description: 0.02 Linear feet
 

Awards A. 1965

Physical Description: 0.01 Linear feet
Box 3, Folder 69

Diploma, Industrial Designers Society of America 1965

Physical Description: 0.01 Linear feet
 

Reference Files B. 1934

Physical Description: 0.01 Linear feet
Box 1, Folder 3

Neue Raumkunst: Ein Wegweiser zum schonen Heim 1934

Physical Description: 0.01 Linear feet
 

Office Records Series III.

 

Administration A. n.d.

Physical Description: 0.01 Linear feet
Box 1, Folder 4

Blank Stationary n.d.

 

Public Relations B. 1936-1973

Physical Description: 0.25 Linear feet
Box 1, Folder 5

"Architect Paul Laszlo: An European Interior Decorator" (The "Blue Book") 1936

Box 1, Folder 6

Baron's Restaurant, Scottsdale, AZ 1962-1963

Box 1, Folder 7

Cafe Continental Menu, Stardust, Las Vegas, NV n.d.

Box 1, Folder 8-9

Halls Crown Center Stores 1964-1973

Box 1, Folder 10

"Herman Miller Collection" 1948

Box 1, Folder 30

House and Garden (Williams Residence, Beverly Hills) 1947

Box 1, Folder 11-12

Industrial Designer/Interior Decorator n.d.

Box 1, Folder 13

"Paul Laszlo: Interiors/Exteriors" ("The Black Book") 1947

Box 1, Folder 14

Press Releases 1957-1973

 

Presentation Materials C.

FlatFile 12

Arizona Country Club 1960

FlatFile 10

Atomville 1950; 1956

FlatFile 5-6

Avon Beauty Salon n.d.

FlatFile 16

Blanke, Heinz and Ursel 1939

FlatFile 42

Braunstein, Lester n.d.

FlatFile 4

Brentwood Country Club n.d.

FlatFile 14

Buchman, Sidney 1946

FlatFile 15

Desert Inn 1963

FlatFile 13

Epstein, Julius n.d.

FlatFile 21

Genis, Sam and Buddy 1954

FlatFile 18

Hallmark Cards Incorporated 1964-1973

FlatFile 23

Hudson Bay Company 1966

FlatFile 22

Hudspeth, John 1951-1954

FlatFile 19

Hunt's Restaurant 1961

FlatFile 20

Indian School Land Company Incorporated 1961

FlatFile 29

Laszlo, Paul 1947

FlatFile 32

McCulloch Oil Corporation 1953

FlatFile 31

McCulloch, Robert P. 1972

FlatFile 30

McGaha, Charles n.d.

FlatFile 42

Ohrbach, Jerome K. n.d.

FlatFile 24

Ohrbach's Department Store 1963-1965

FlatFile 25

Ohrbach's Department Store 1968

FlatFile 26

Ohrbach, J.K. n.d.

FlatFile 40

Pavillion Bar n.d.

FlatFile 48

Philbin, Phil 1950

FlatFile 47

Project Eight n.d.

FlatFile 34

Reinhardt, Max 1937

FlatFile 33

Robinson's Department Store 1966

FlatFile 49

Saks, Julian 1952

FlatFile 43

Swanson's Bridal Salon n.d.

FlatFile 46

Taylor, Robert 1936

FlatFile 44

United States Army 1942-1943

FlatFile 41

Walston and Company, Incorporated n.d.

FlatFile 36

Wohl, B. 1952

FlatFile 50

Unidentified Vending Machine 1946

Box 3, Folder 71

Baron's Restaurant 1961-1962

Physical Description: 0.01 Linear feet
FlatFile 52

Unidentified Commercial Office Building Interior 1950-1951

FlatFile 55

Unidentified "One Room House" 1936

FlatFile 56

Unidentified Miscellaneous Furniture 1925-1929, 1937, 1939-1942, 1949-1962, 1973-1974

FlatFile 56

Unidentified Coffee Table 1940, 1961

FlatFile 58

Unidentified Chairs 1931

FlatFile 59

Unidentified Table 1941-1942

FlatFile 60

Unidentified Desks and Cabinets 1940

 

Clippings and Magazines D. 1928-1975

Physical Description: 0.33 Linear feet
 

Clippings a. 1940-1975

Physical Description: 0.08 Linear feet
Box 1, Folder 15

"Best Packaged Goods of 1968," Hollywood Reporter 1968

Box 1, Folder 16

Goldwaters Department Store 1970

Box 1, Folder 17

Halls Crown Center Stores 1973-1975

Box 1, Folder 18

Harrison, Joan 1940

Box 1, Folder 19

Laszlo, Paul: House and Garden 1949

 

Magazines b. 1928-1959

Physical Description: 0.25 Linear feet
Box 3, Folder 70

Das Schonste, October 1957

Box 1, Folder 20

Deutsche Kunst und Dekoration, October 1930

Box 1, Folder 21

Harpers Bazaar, September 1953

Box 1, Folder 22

Innen-Dekoration, February 1928

Box 1, Folder 23

Innen-Dekoration, October 1930

Box 1, Folder 25

Moderne Bauformen 1931

Box 1, Folder 26

Terrasen und Plattenwge (Laszlo Residence, Beverly Hills) 1959

 

Project Records Series IV.

 

Files A. 1955-1957

Physical Description: 0.08 Linear feet

Note

see Project Index
 

Photographs B. 1925-1958

Physical Description: 0.42 Linear feet

Note

see Project Index
 

Drawings C.

Note

see Project Index