My first encounter with Ricahrd Neutra’s architecture was the Kaufmann House in Palm Springs, California. My husband and I made a day trip to Palm Springs while visiting his grandparents in Long Beach. Only a several hours to spare, the Kaufman House was to me the “must-see” place among all the great things in Palm Springs. I could only see the place from the street, but I was very impressed with its looks. I wanted to know more about the work of Richard Neutra – I thought “Neutra” by Barbara Lamprecht was a perfect place to start for a novice like me.
Born and raised in Vienna, Richard Neutra (1872-1970) emigrated to the United States in 1932 and settled in California. The “Neutra” book introduces the background and view of the architect, then features 22 works of Richard Neutra selected from thoughout his long career. A presentation of each work includes an overview of his work, floor plans, and photographs (mostly black and white). Although the descrptions for these works may not be in depth, they are written concisely. For a novice like me, the amount of text and graphics are just adequate.
The book concludes with “Life and Work”, a map of California, Bibliography and Credits. A wealth of information is included in this economically priced book. The book is a part of the TASCHEN 25th Anniversaty Edition series.
About the Authour (from the publisher):
Barbara Lamprecht writes and teaches architectural history, concentrating on Modernism, and practices architecture, specializing in sustainability and small spaces. She contributes to Dwell, The Architectural Review, Architecture, Architectural Record and Fine Homebuilding. She is also the author of TASCHEN’s Neutra: Complete Works.
Hardcover: 96 pages
Publisher: TASCHEN America Llc; 25th Anniversary ed. edition (September 1, 2009)