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Finding Aid for the Paul László papers, 1924-1979 0000150
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  • Custodial History note
  • Preferred Citation note
  • Biographical/Historical note
  • Scope and Content note

  • 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): 1924-1979
    Location note: Box1-3, 5/ADC - regular Box 4, 6, 7, 8/ADC - oversize* 5 Flat File Drawers/ADC - flat files Paul Laszlo house/Mosher - model Furniture - Mosher Coffee Table (2003.005.001) cork, wood and lacquer (13 x 71 x 21")
    creator: Laszlo, Paul, 1900-1993 -- Archives


    Open for use by qualified researchers.

    Custodial History note

    Gift of Paul László, 1974. Additional material gifted from Loma Griffith 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 Debrecen, 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, among others. László often designed all of the furniture and interiors for his buildings. As his career progressed László focused more of his energy on interior design. Some of his more notable projects include designs for deparment stores, including Bullock’s, Goldwater’s, Robinson’s, and Ohrbach’s stores; a bomb shelter for Mr. John Daniel Hertz; and the Illing of California building. Paul László died on March 28, 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 contains drawings and photographs that document László's interior planning and design work done after 1936, when he arrived in California, with most work dated since 1944. Some of his major clients include J. C. Hall (Hallmark), The Hudson Bay Company (Canada) and department stores Robinson's, and Bullock's. Materials include presentation boards for residential and commercial buildings (showing interior and exterior views) and furniture designs. Architectural drawings, correspondence, black-and-white photographs, and magazine and newspaper clippings are 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
    Furniture design
    Modern movement (Architecture) -- California
    Photographic prints
    Presentation drawings (proposals)
    Reprographic copies