Monday, June 9, 2014

Style Icon: Jan Ruhtenberg, The Greatest Unknown Architect

“Jan Ruhtenberg was a key leader in the modernist movement of architecture and furniture design even though you have probably never heard of him. Not to name drop, but his clients included the likes of Herman Miller, The Royal family of Sweden and the Rockefellers. Born in Latvia, Jan pursued architecture from a young age and eventually moved to Germany just in time to join the swell of modernists that would later be known as the Bauhaus movement and even studied under Ludwig Mies van der Rohe.

Characterized by asymmetrical design and materials like steel and glass, Bauhaus was to popping up everywhere. It was design that was clean, simple and meant to endure.” (Via/

Co-Operative Office Building, built 1958, Colorado Springs.Jan's 
own office was on the second floor of this 4 story rectilinear composition.

El Pomar Carriage House Museum, built, 1939-demolished 2004 Colorado Springs, Co.

House for Mrs. Spencer Penrose, 1952, on Cheyenne Mountain, Colorado Springs, Co.

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