Friday, December 30, 2011

Design Inspiration: Julian Shulman

Spencer Residence, 1950, Santa Monica, CA (Architect: Richard Spencer)

I have in my mind many ideas of what my dream home would be and love all of the architectural blogs on Tumblr. Being the perpetual apartment dweller that I am, I tend to really get lost in the romance of a sprawling, modern home.  I invariably end up envisioning images I've seen by architectural photographer Julian Shulman, particularly the modern homes of Southern California, designed by such renowned architects as Ray Eames, Pierre Koenig, Richard Neutra and John Lautner.  Shulman's captures from the '50s are a favorite; I love the styles of both the people in the photographs and the homes themselves -- classic, clean and polished.  Case Study House #22 is a great representation of Shulman's work and aesthetic.


 Case Study House #22, 1960
Los Angeles, CA
(Architect: Pierre Koenig)

From the New York Times:
The vertiginous point of view contrasts sharply with the relaxed atmosphere of the house’s interior, testifying to the ability of the Modernist architect to transcend the limits of the natural world.
Shulman's career began in 1936, when he was asked by a friend to take photographs of a Hollywood home designed by Richard Neutra.  He took the photos with a Kodak Vest pocket camera and when Neutra saw them, he clearly recognized the talent and gave him his first assignments.

 Case Study House #21, 1958
Los Angeles, CA
(Architect: Pierre Koenig)

 

Case Study House #22, 1960
Los Angeles, CA
(Architect: Pierre Koenig)

Recreation Pavilion, Mirman Residence, 1959
Arcadia, CA
(Architects: Buff, Straub and Hensman)


Singleton House, 1960
Los Angeles, CA
(Architect: Richard Neutra)

Kaufmann House, 1947
Palm Springs, CA
(Architect: Richard Neutra)

Photo Sources:
Wirtz Gallery
jetsetmodern.com

getty.edu

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