Pioneering modernist Henry Kulka’s life and profession tracked in limited-edition monograph

by Editors Staff

The story of Henry Kulka unfolds within the Thirties and Forties, when a worldwide diaspora of architectural expertise unfold out from Europe the world over, taking with it the ethos and aspirations of socially motivated modernism. Whereas the impression of those architectural émigrés on the tradition of the UK and the USA is effectively documented, many went additional afield and are far much less acquainted. A brand new monograph is the go-to structure guide for Kulka’s journey. 

Henry Kulka, by Giles Reid and Mary Gaudin

(Picture credit score: Mary Gaudin)

Open book showing photo of Khuner House, 1929, by Henry Kulka with Adolf Loos

Khuner Home, 1929, by Henry Kulka with Adolf Loos

(Picture credit score: Mary Gaudin)

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The life and work of architect Henry Kulka

The Moravian-born Jewish architect labored alongside one of many titans of proto-modernist thought, Adolf Loos, ultimately turning into his follow accomplice and collaborator. Kulka was one of many driving forces in Loos’ follow, alongside together with his spouse, who was the follow supervisor.

Open pages of Henry Kulka book, showing interior of Halberstam House

Halberstam Home, Henry Kulka

(Picture credit score: Mary Gaudin)

In addition to engaged on the Raumplan Villa for the dancer Josephine Baker, he was nearly wholly answerable for the design of the 1929 Khuner home in Austria. Loos died in 1933 and after a number of extra important works just like the 1934 Villa Kantor, Kulka ultimately needed to flee persecution within the late Thirties.

Khuner House, 1929, by Henry Kulka with Adolf Loos

Khuner Home, 1929, by Henry Kulka with Adolf Loos

(Picture credit score: Mary Gaudin)

He ultimately ended up in New Zealand, the place he started a brand new chapter, adapting his rigorous structure to the native local weather and circumstances. Kulka’s craftsmanship is clear in all his works. He was particularly targeted on picket interiors and furnishings, with built-in cabinetry and panelling, giving a unified inside composition for each room.

Detail photograph of chair inside open book

Halberstam Home by Henry Kulka

(Picture credit score: Mary Gaudin)

With photographs by Mary Gaudin, a New Zealand photographer residing in France, and phrases by Giles Reid, a New Zealand architect residing in England, Henry Kulka builds up a vivid image of a methodical and rigorous architect who nonetheless imbued his work with heat and richness. Kulka died in 1971 and, remarkably, Gaudin and Reid’s 400-page monograph is the primary guide to be dedicated to his work. 

Henry Kulka book held open, showing image of Penrose House interior

Penrose Home, Henry Kulka

(Picture credit score: Mary Gaudin)

Henry Kulka, Giles Reid & Mary Gaudin, €52

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