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Important Modern Design Auction

May 5, 2005

Featuring property from the John M. Hudspeth Residence, Prineville, Oregon designed by Paul László in 1952
When: May 22, 2005 @ 12:00 p.m.

The sale will feature the entire contents from the John M. Hudspeth Residence, design by Paul László in 1952. This special commission by László was one of his most important commissions done at the height of his career. The 12,000 square feet house remained intact until it was consigned to us by the family. This is the first time the public will see these incredible designs by László done for this special house.   The contents include furniture, fine art, lighting, drapes designed with Maria Kipp, fire tools, ceramics, and a billiard table.   In 1952 the cost of the furniture & decorations was $175,000.

Paul László, an internationally known architect and designer, was the premier decorator of Beverly Hills from the moment he arrived in the U.S. in the late 1930’s.  A third generation furniture designer, the Budapest born Laszlo was trained in Vienna, Paris and Berlin, before settling down in Southern California in 1938.

George Nelson in 1948 described Laszlo’s furniture as having “generous dimensions, great elegance of appearance, and impeccable taste.” Although László put some of his designs into production through companies like Herman Miller, Brown Saltman, and Pacific Ironworks, Nelson also noted “most of his work, however, has been restricted to individual pieces specially designed and built for his own projects.”

The sale also includes over 400 items of Fine Art, Ceramics, Lighting, and other Mid-Century Modern classics.

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