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PAUL LÁSZLÓ Paul László (1900-1993), celebrated Hungarian architect and designer, created homes of elegance and comfort for his Los Angeles clients. On his ascent to becoming one of the most sought-after designers of the 20th century, he achieved success in Europe as a freelance art director and designer for notable European families. He immigrated to the United States during Hitler’s rise to power and immediately established his presence in Los Angeles by designing Bullock’s Department Store on Wilshire. A decade later in the late 1940s, László built and designed homes for Hollywood’s elite, including Cary Grant, Elizabeth Taylor, Fritz Lang, and Barbara Stanwyck. In designing these refined residences, he preferred, almost exclusively, to use existing works from artist Bottega Karin, well-known for large-scale reverse paintings on glass. This decorated screen (lot 238) from the home of Barbara Stanwyck, is a signed mural by Karin that was transformed into a room-dividing screen. The “Paddle Arm” chairs (lot 239) and end table (lot 240) showcase László’s skills as a third generation furniture designer. These pieces emphasize his purpose as a designer, “to give the modern style an ageless importance, to be ahead of my time and yet build a comfortable home.”

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239 PAUL LÁSZLÓ PAIR OF PADDLE ARM CHAIRS Custom, designed circa 1952 32”h x 35”w x 31”d $4,000-6,000

240 PAUL LÁSZLÓ CUSTOM END TABLE Custom, designed circa 1953 Retains Paul László metal tag 20.5”h x 33” x 15” $3,000-5,000

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