Why Architects Design Furniture | Architectural Digest

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By Hannah Martin

September 28, 2017


When a trio of women commissioned a shared Los Angeles home from Rudolph Schindler, the Austrian-born American architect presented his clients not only with a startlingly modern structure but with an innovative interior to match. The Van Patten House’s prized contents? A cast of modular furniture designs Schindler called Units, which were in aesthetic keeping with the exterior’s linear rigor.

It should be “impossible to tell where the house ends and the furniture begins,” Schindler famously declared.

A chair and ottoman set from the Van Patten House joins a cache of never-before-seen designs by 20th-century starchitects such as Gerrit Rietveld, Philip Johnson, and Frank Lloyd Wright as part of Inside these Walls, an exhibition at New York gallery Friedman Benda curated by seasoned 20th-century design dealer Mark McDonald.

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