What I’ve Got: Neutra’s Kaufmann House

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The iconic Kaufmann house is located in Palm Springs, California and was designed by architect Richard Neutra in 1946. Edgar Kaufmann, who commissioned the house, is the same man who commissioned Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater in Pennsylvania.

The house is known as one of the most important houses of 20th century architecture. It was built in the international style. The design offers both form and functionality. The simple though elegant house maintains connection with the surrounding desert landscape but is also designed to offer shelter from hard desert conditions. The house is desirable because of the way its form incorporates the surrounding desert in both color and shape. The house was made famous by photographers Julius Shulman (in the 1940s) and Slim Aarons (in the 1970s).

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