Richard Schultz’s iconic outdoor furniture

Editorial Staff

There are few features more representative of mid-century modern architecture than the patio. Indoor/outdoor living was promoted in nearly every domestic architectural plan of the era, from Richard Neutra’s Kaufmann Desert House in Palm Springs to Philip Johnson’s Rockefeller Guest House in New York City. Even so, very few designers devoted their attention to modern outdoor seating. Richard Schultz is …

Kem Weber and the rise of modern design in Southern California

Editorial Staff

May 2009 | In the fall of 1926 Barker Brothers, then the largest furniture retailer in the United States, opened a striking new shop on the fourth floor of its eleven-story building in downtown Los Angeles. The new “store-within-a-store,” christened “Modes and Manners,” was the brainchild of the young designer Kem Weber (Fig. 2). It was not only the first …