What I found most surprising about Richard Neutra, was his totalitarian reaction, when Richard Oyler, the owner of the house, created a dining area where it was not mean to be. When the famous modernist walked in the house and saw it for the first time, he said to stunned Oyler: “do you think now that you are an architect?” This reminding me of another the memorable and sarcastic story by Adolf Loos
“Poor Little Rich Man.” It tells telling the story of a man who commissioned a star architect with a modern house. When the architect came for a visit on the occasion of his patron’s birthday, and realized that the man, sitting in the living room, was wearing the slippers he designed for him to wear in his bedroom, he became furious. Loos, who did not name the architect in his story, meant of course to his contemporary, Josef Hoffman, and probably to his Palais Stocklet. Neutra and Hoffmann, two different architects, different modes of expressions, different periods, but similar approach.
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