Internationally known architect and designer Paul Laszlo was the designer of choice in Beverly Hills from the moment he arrived in the U.S. in the 1930s. One of his first commissions in California was to design the Bullock’s department store on Wilshire Boulevard. By the late 1940s, Laszlo had built and designed homes for Hollywood’s most elite insiders such as William Wyler, Cary Grant, Elizabeth Taylor, Barbara Stanwyck, Barbara Hutton, Fritz Lang, as well as the casino, showrooms and hotel interiors for Howard Hughes. George Nelson in 1948 described Laszlo’s designs as having “generous dimensions, great elegance of appearance, and impeccable taste”, all of which translated easily to the glamorous Hollywood lifestyle.
The May 22, 2005 LAMA Modern Art & Design Auction featured the largest and most comprehensive Laszlo commission to ever surface for sale at one time. This collection came from the John and Floreine Hudspeth Residence in Prineville, Oregon. In 1952 this commission of furniture, curtains, lamps, carpeting, and mural wall totaled $175,000. In the 2005 LAMA Auction this collection brought $904,226.65.