Modern architect Richard Neutra is as relevant today as 50 years ago and not just in Los Angeles, where much of his work can be found.
"Architects must have a razor sharp sense of individuality."
-- Richard Neutra
Design on a Dime host/designer Lee Snijders believes architect Richard Neutra's environmental and elegant design philosophies are timeless, as well as inspiring.
"Richard Neutra was an amazing mid-century architect whose work is very Jetsons, yet very current," says Snijders.
Neutra, who died in 1970, may be most well-known for the home he built for Dr. P.M. Lovell, known as the Health House because of how it incorporated nature, outdoor play and recreation areas. The home, which is dramatically perched above the Pacific Ocean, was featured in the movie LA Confidential. In 1949, at the peak of his career, Neutra graced the cover of Time magazine.
In L.A., Neutra homes have shot up in popularity in the last decade as mid-century modern furniture became hot, but it's a style that is also in demand in newer homes, Snijders says.
"Neutra designs are almost feng shui-like in how they take into consideration which way the wind is coming from, where the sun is rising and where the views are. Today's homeowners are interested in those things, too."
In fact, Dion Neutra, the son and partner of Richard who is now in his late 70s, continues to preach and practice the Neutra philosophy.
To work Richard Neutra's design approach into your own home, consider these Neutra principles:
For more information, check out these books, available from Amazon.com:
by Barbara Lamprecht
Modernism Reborn: Mid-Century American Houses
by Michael Webb
Palm Springs Modern: Houses in the California Desert
by Adele Cygelman
Richard Neutra's Miller House
by Stephen Leet
Anne Krueger is the editor of HGTV.com's Decorating newsletter. She has written for In Style, This Old House, Martha Stewart Living and The New York Times.