More about the Architect, R.M. Schindler

A visionary who helped develop the cornerstones of not only California Residential Modernism, but also Modernism in general, R.M. Schindler created beyond structure, allowing life itself to take the main stage in the intimate setting of the home.

 

We all recognize the name Frank Lloyd Wright and his contributions to Modernism, but the lesser known R.M. Schindler worked for and alongside Wright on multiple projects before taking his own path. Their styles differ, yet genius is evident in both.

 

Born in Vienna to a middle-class Jewish family, Schindler trained in art and engineering, studying under Otto Wagner. He moved first to Chicago and came to Los Angeles in 1920 to supervise Wright’s Hollyhock House while Wright was in Japan.

 

Schindler quickly developed his own style, marrying the indoor and outdoor in an unprecedented manner, but his aesthetic was did not quite fit the International Style of Modernism sweeping the country. International Style embraces the use of steel framing, heavy glazing and prefab construction and his work was featured in the MOMA’s exhibition. Schindler actually sent his portfolio to those organizing the exhibition for the International Style of Modernism at the MOMA. Philip Johnson, architect and organizer of the exhibition wrote in response to Schindler’s work, “he did not fit.Surely, Johnson was right! Schindler’s bohemian modernist vision did not fall into such a category.

 

Instead, Schindler was concerned with the architecture of space which was uniquely manipulated in each building based and location. Implementing certain ideas of the International Style, he constructed with concrete slabs, but he framed his buildings with wood, opting always for a natural element. Light itself was created through windows and doors, allowing for a flow of nature. Angles and corners, which are normally not considered “dramatic,” were made as such to create the illusion of space and to offer a playful setting. His homes were never static. Instead, the roofs shot off at odd angles keeping the eye engaged and toying with the notion of “perfection.”

 

“The sense for the perception of architecture is not the eyes—but living. Our life is its image.” –Rudolph Michael Schindler (1887-1953)

 

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Modernist Architect R.M. Schindler Designs Homes meant to be Lived

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“The sense for the perception of architecture is not the eyes—but living. Our life is its image.” –Rudolph Michael Schindler (1887-1953)

A visionary who helped develop the cornerstones of not only California Residential Modernism but also Modernism in general, R.M. Schindler created beyond structure, allowing life itself to take the main stage in the intimate setting of the home.

Schindler quickly developed his own style separate from the “International Style” of Modernism quickly sweeping the country with a very distinct look: steel framing, heavy glazing and prefabricated construction. Instead, Schindler’s works married the indoor and outdoor in a thoughtfully articulated manner. Instead of using structure as a barrier to keep one inside, he used it as a vehicle to bring the outdoors in. His desire to connect the home to nature is quite evident in all his projects, including one standout home, the Walker Residence (1935-1936).

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Located in Silverlake, the Walker Residence is located on a hillside. Schindler enjoyed developing hillside homes, and each one fell into one of three different “form schemes” he created. The three form schemes are: “balancing above the hill, cascading down with the slope, and rising up in a counter motion.” The Walker House utilizing the second scheme, cascading down with the slope, actively reminds you of it. And yet, the subtlety of The Walker House demonstrates an elegant restraint. From the street, the house appears simple and subdued. Yet, from the back view, the home follows the topography of the slope, expanding as it takes full advantage of the beautiful view.

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A motif throughout his projects and one of the best-known features of the Walker home is the row of eight concrete columns. The columns simultaneously elevate the volume of the house, while also creating a large living porch underneath the home, open to the view and a fresh, relaxing breeze. One critic notes, “The house is simultaneously introverted and in harmony with the surrounding natural and urban environment” (84).

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Just as each space was created for a designated purpose of daily life, so was each view framed in a sensitive way, “giving each room a different relationship to the outside: some open widely onto outdoor terraces while others are closed-up, barely lit by the clerestory light.” Schindler manipulated light to transform a space and he also used interior personal touches to set the stage of life inside the home. He designed built-in furniture that still exists today and gives an even more detailed view of his vision for the home and life inside of it.

The home is less a promotion of its own magnificent stature and more so a conceptually crafted pathway in which life ought to be enjoyed, and therefore, truly lived. The beautiful view of the reservoir below certainly makes life a little simpler.

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For the first time in a generation, the Walker Residence is currently being offered for sale. For more information, please contact Chris Morrow with RE/MAX Estate Properties.

 

The Walker Residence

2100 Kenilworth Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90039

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310.966.7380.

 

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What you missed in 2016

Review of 2016 RE/MAXWith the the NEW year only a hours old, we took the time to reflect on some notable events and highlights of our last year. Let us be a little nostalgic before we greet 2017 with open arms.

Agent Spotlight

Those agents who earned honors in their professional endeavors deserve another shouthout. Sloan Sanders earned the title of Rookie of the Year in 2016 for the South Bay Association of REALTORS®. 

Brittny Burford and Cheryle Ushkow got your vote, and were elected to the South Bay Association of REALTORS®. Cheryle is your 2017 President Elect and Brittny was named a member to the Board of Directors.

We covered Steve Goddard’s extensive real estate career in the local and international realm.

Along with our individual agent spotlights, we welcomed a large number of real estate professionals to our growing RE/MAX family and could not be more excited for what they bring to the table.

Volunteer Work & Community Service

RE/MAX Estate Properties and Children's Miracle NetworkWe ran, we walked, we cheered from the sidelines, but most importantly we came together for some wonderful causes. Our agents participated in the Torch Relay for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. The 5K walk took place on the Strand on November 12th.

For the third year in a row, RE/MAX Estate Properties formed a team in the Nautica Malibu Triathlon. Last year we raised $11,000 and this year we matched our goal of $15,000, dedicating the funds to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

In October, we also celebrated and raised interest for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, spreading awareness for the Susan G. Komen organization which is dedicated to end the disease. 

 Kindess Series

Launching a new writing series on our Blog, we covered some truly inspirational acts of selfless love performed by a handful of our agents. Some highlights were Elizabeth Marquart’s efforts to Save the CheetahWarder McKenzie’s summer medical service trip to Jamaica, Mary Voce-Underwood’s rescue spirit and work with Boston Buddies,  and Ruben Magana’s creation of a “Little Heaven” on earth for the elderly and school children in San Joaquin. Their words speak more powerfully than our praise every could. We are grateful these agents work to inspire those around them every day. 

Celebrity Properties

When a home once belonging to Tina Turner and Ike hits the market, you better believe we are going to talk about it! The time capsule property was even featured in the classic movie What’s Love Got to Do with It. We also had a blast covering a LA Hot Properties listing: Christian Audigier’s home in Hancock Park. The French fashion designer was best known for brands like Von Dutch and Ed Hardy 

Celebrations

While we work hard, we had a great time celebrating this year. From the Holiday party at the new Shade Hotel in Redondo Beach to our Masquerade Ball, we created some wonderful memories that only 2017 can top!

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Mixer in Manhattan Beach

Westside BBQ

 

Cinco De Mayo

2016 Awards Event

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Nautica Malibu Triathlon Fund Raiser

Casino Night Fund Raiser


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From all of us at RE/MAX Estate Properties, please have a fun and safe New Years!

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