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Richard Neutra in Cologne

The Qvest boutique hotel combined for a photoshooting ​neo-Gothic architecture with Richard Neutra products from VS Möbel.
7/9/2017
Californian modernism in Neo-Gothic: With the timeless design of the Neutra Collection by VS is this not a contradiction.
Californian modernism in Neo-Gothic: With the timeless design of the Neutra Collection by VS is this not a contradiction.
Photo: Ralph Baiker © VS Möbel
Californian modernism in Neo-Gothic: With the timeless design of the Neutra Collection by VS is this not a contradiction.

Richard Neutra designed the interior of his homes in sunny California in an effort to achieve a symbiosis – all the elements, namely the architecture, the light, nature and the furniture were to be in tune with one another to produce a harmonious overall image. Now Cologne is not California. And the neo-Gothic building that is home to the “Qvest” boutique hotel, boasts anything but Modernist architecture. Neutra’s furniture designs displayed under the ribbed vaults and pointed arches nevertheless take the limelight thanks to the feel of Michael Kaune, publisher and owner of the hotel.

Kaune has provided the 34 guest rooms of the hotel temporarily for a photoshooting of the Neutra Collection by VS. As the creative director of the project he placed the furniture with great thought in the 34 guest rooms of the former Cologne Municipal Archive built in 1897 – where they are skillfully combined with other design classics: In the foyer, the eye alights first on the “Alpha Seating Triple” sofa with a veneered body and an armrest on one side. Originally designed by Neutra as fitted furniture, the sofa also cuts a fine figure as a standalone with upholstery courtesy of Kvadrat. For the restaurant the choice was the “Tremaine Chair” with a tubular frame that Neutra created exclusively for his “Tremaine House” in California and which symbolized the timeless design of the “Martini Modernism” of early Fifties California.
 
In the rooms, among others his “Boomerang Chair” and “Lovell Easy Chair” encourage you to lounge about – the molded plywood “Boomerang Chair” is one of Neutra’s best-known designs and comes with a belt-strap seat. The “Lovell Easy Chair”, with a chromed tubular steel frame and solid armrests, was originally designed for the “Lovell House”, but not actually realized back then. The re-edition of the workshop-made individual items has happened at the initiative of Dion Neutra, the architect’s son. The Neutra Furniture Collection by VS thus gives us all an opportunity to experience the long neglected furniture designs by the architect of US Modernism first-hand for ourselves. (am)

Revealed to life: The "Lovell Easy Chair" with Ottoman exists before the VS Neutra Collection just in form of a drawing.
Revealed to life: The "Lovell Easy Chair" with Ottoman exists before the VS Neutra Collection just in form of a drawing.
Photo: Ralph Baiker © VS Möbel
Revealed to life: The "Lovell Easy Chair" with Ottoman exists before the VS Neutra Collection just in form of a drawing.
Parole: The "Alpha Seating Sofa" was originally designed by Richard Neutra as an installation furniture for the Lovell Health House in Los Angeles.
Parole: The "Alpha Seating Sofa" was originally designed by Richard Neutra as an installation furniture for the Lovell Health House in Los Angeles.
Photo: Ralph Baiker © VS Möbel
Parole: The "Alpha Seating Sofa" was originally designed by Richard Neutra as an installation furniture for the Lovell Health House in Los Angeles.
Single Seat: "Alpha Seating" also makes a good figure as an armchair with veneered body and armrest.
Single Seater: "Alpha Seating" also makes a good figure as an armchair with veneered body and armrest.
Photo: Ralph Baiker © VS Möbel
Single Seater: "Alpha Seating" also makes a good figure as an armchair with veneered body and armrest.
Compact Restraint: With a width of 57 centimeters the "Slipper Chair" offers a comfortable seat without taking up much space.
Compact Restraint: With a width of 57 centimeters the "Slipper Chair" offers a comfortable seat without taking up much space.
Photo: Ralph Baiker © VS Möbel
Compact Restraint: With a width of 57 centimeters the "Slipper Chair" offers a comfortable seat without taking up much space.
Relaxed furniture: The molded plywood "Boomerang Chair" with a belt strap seat.
Photo: Ralph Baiker © VS Möbel
Relaxed furniture: The molded plywood "Boomerang Chair" with a belt strap seat.
Feet up: The "Lovell Easy Chair" with Ottoman provides high comfort with a fine bull leather.
Feet up: The "Lovell Easy Chair" with Ottoman provides high comfort with a fine bull leather.
Photo: Ralph Baiker © VS Möbel
Feet up: The "Lovell Easy Chair" with Ottoman provides high comfort with a fine bull leather.
Armchair with format: The "Slipper Chair" is easy to combine thanks to clear lines.
Armchair with format: The "Slipper Chair" is easy to combine thanks to clear lines.
Photo: Ralph Baiker © VS Möbel
Armchair with format: The "Slipper Chair" is easy to combine thanks to clear lines.
Cantilever: The "Cantilever Chair" provides a striking back-spring for relaxed work.
Cantilever: The "Cantilever Chair" provides a striking back-spring for relaxed work.
Photo: Ralph Baiker © VS Möbel
Cantilever: The "Cantilever Chair" provides a striking back-spring for relaxed work.
Wood and fabric: The "Alpha Seating Sofa" combines a solid body with soft woolen fabrics from Kvadrat.
Wood and fabric: The "Alpha Seating Sofa" combines a solid body with soft woolen fabrics from Kvadrat.
Photo: Ralph Baiker © VS Möbel
Wood and fabric: The "Alpha Seating Sofa" combines a solid body with soft woolen fabrics from Kvadrat.
Richard Neutra designed the "Boomerang Chair" at the beginning of the 1940s for his project "Channel Heights" - cheap housing for workers in San Pedro.
Richard Neutra designed the "Boomerang Chair" at the beginning of the 1940s for his project "Channel Heights" - cheap housing for workers in San Pedro.
Photo: Ralph Baiker © VS Möbel
Richard Neutra designed the "Boomerang Chair" at the beginning of the 1940s for his project "Channel Heights" - cheap housing for workers in San Pedro.
Springy Elegance: The "Tremaine Chair" symbolizes the "Martini-Modernism" of the early fifties in California.
Springy Elegance: The "Tremaine Chair" symbolizes the "Martini-Modernism" of the early fifties in California.
Photo: Ralph Baiker © VS Möbel
Springy Elegance: The "Tremaine Chair" symbolizes the "Martini-Modernism" of the early fifties in California.
Sacred solitaire: In the building of the former Cologne city archives of 1897 the Neutra Collection by VS gets a special stage.
Sacred solitaire: In the building of the former Cologne city archives of 1897 the Neutra Collection by VS gets a special stage.
Photo: Ralph Baiker © VS Möbel
Sacred solitaire: In the building of the former Cologne city archives of 1897 the Neutra Collection by VS gets a special stage.

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