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Finding Aid for the Paul László papers, 1925-1975 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): 1925-1975
    creator: Laszlo, Paul, 1900-1993 -- Archives


    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
    Furniture design
    Modern movement (Architecture) -- California
    Photographic prints
    Presentation drawings (proposals)
    Reprographic copies