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Paul Laszlo

American, 1900-1993

The suave architect and interior designer Paul Laszlo made his reputation in Hollywood, where his clients included Barbara Stanwyck, Cary Grant and Elizabeth Taylor. He was aligned to no artistic or design movements, relying on his own carefully honed instincts. From the late 1930s to the 1960s, Laszlo’s name was a byword for sumptuous modernity among members of the smart set.

Born in Hungary in 1900, Laszlo learned about quality from his father, a prosperous furniture manufacturer. He studied design in Vienna and had his technical training in Stuttgart, Germany, where, at age 27, he established an upscale design business that gained an international reputation. Nine years later, with the Nazis in power, Laszlo, a Jew, left Germany for the United States and made his way to Los Angeles. There, he established an interior design office in Beverly Hills and was pleased to find that his Stuttgart credentials carried weight.

While he took many commercial assignments for American department stores, custom residential work was Laszlo’s stock in trade. He turned his hand to every element in a room, “down to the last ashtray,” Time magazine once wrote. Like his clients, Laszlo appreciated luxury — not the luxury of rare and precious materials, but the luxury of rich colors and textures, and deep comforts. He had a contemporary élan, exemplified by spaces that were bright, airy, uncluttered and up-to-date. The classic earmarks of Laszlo’s furnishings are generous proportions and, in the case of his Paddle and Plank armchairs, namesake armrests that are flat and wide, the perfect spot to rest a cocktail. His case goods, tables and dining chairs have clean, elegant lines; they are simply formed yet warm, with interesting details such as woven veneer door fronts.

In recent years, Laszlo’s designs have found a new audience among fans of his easygoing modernism. Prices are in the neighborhood of $5,000 for his vintage cabinets, and from $8,000 to upwards of $20,000 for seating pieces, which are generally found in pairs or groups of six or more.

As you will see on 1stDibs, there was a reason that Laszlo’s work was so admired in the mid-20th century: every design contributes to an environment that is comfortable and elegant — at once robust and relaxed.

Paul Laszlo Two-Tier Mahogany Night Stands for Brown Saltman
By Paul Laszlo
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Paul Laszlo two-tier mahogany night stands for Brown Saltman.
Category

1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Laszlo

Materials

Mahogany, Walnut, Wood

Paul László, Commission Wall Lights, Brass, White Metal, United States, 1950s
By Paul Laszlo
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A pair of wall lights / sconces. Designed by Paul László for Goldwaters Department Store, 1950s. A pair from the commission. Paul László is considered among the most important Cal...
Category

1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Laszlo

Materials

Metal, Brass

Amazing Set Ten Paul Laszlo Leather Dining Chairs Mid-Century Modern
By Paul Laszlo
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Amazing set of ten Paul Laszlo leather dining chairs for Brown Saltman. This set has been recently reupholstered in gorgeous putty colored leather-stunning! The unique oak legs were ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Laszlo

Materials

Leather, Oak

Paul Laszlo "Basket Weave" Desk / Console Table for Brown Saltman
By Paul Laszlo
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Paul Laszlo "Basket Weave" desk / console table for Brown Saltman.
Category

1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Laszlo

Materials

Oak

Vintage Mid-Century Modern Paul Laszlo Magazine Display Cocktail Coffee Table
By Paul Laszlo
Located in Shippensburg, PA
An interesting vintage cocktail table circa the 1960s designed by Paul Laszlo, it features a sharp geometry of severe angles in the molded hardwood frame, the lower angle with a gene...
Category

20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Paul Laszlo

Materials

Glass, Wood

Paul Laszlo "Basket Weave" Desk for Brown Saltman
By Paul Laszlo
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A stunning oak desk designed by Paul Lazlo for Brown Saltman c.1950s ,USA as part of the "Basket Weave" collection. This classic California Modern design features two cabinet doors w...
Category

1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Laszlo

Materials

Oak

  • Paul Laszlo "Basket Weave" Desk for Brown Saltman
  • Paul Laszlo "Basket Weave" Desk for Brown Saltman
  • Paul Laszlo "Basket Weave" Desk for Brown Saltman
  • Paul Laszlo "Basket Weave" Desk for Brown Saltman
H 28.25 in. W 63.5 in. D 18.5 in.
Paul László, Dresser / Chest of Drawers, Oak, Brown Saltman United States, 1950s
By Paul Laszlo
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A double dresser / chest of drawers / cabinet. Designed by Paul László for Brown Saltman, 1950s, America. Marked Paul László is considered among the most important California-base...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Laszlo

Materials

Oak

Paul Laszlo Sculpted Highboy for Brown Saltman
By Paul Laszlo
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Paul Laszlo sculpted highboy for Brown Saltman.
Category

1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Laszlo

Materials

Walnut

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