The House of Ladislav and Iška Sutnar

Oldřich Starý designed a minimalist house with a studio on the south side situated on stilts commissioned by the great Czech graphic artist and designer Ladislav Sutnar, his wife Františka and their two sons. The studio, which spread over one and a half floors, was equipped with a gallery accessible by a ship’s ladder and later expanded. The Sala Terrena formed by the stilts was glassed in as a sunroom in the early 1960s.

Ladislav Sutnar

Ladislav Sutnar (1897-1976), as one the leading figures of the Czechoslovak Werkbund, worked as the chief architect on all of its domestic and foreign exhibitions. As the author of top functionalist typographic works, he undertook the unique visual concept of the Baba estate model exhibition in 1932. He designed the logo, two large advertising banners and letterheads and he authored the exhibition catalogue. He collaborated closely with the architects of the Czechoslovak Werkbund and, in 1939, providence led him to stay in New York, where he was commissioned to implement the Czechoslovak exposition at the World’s Fair. He successfully continued his career at the Sutnar Office. After the war, his family left to join him.

Oldřich Starý