The PIN–UP QUOTE: JULIUS SHULMAN
When I selected an architect for my house, I chose (Raphael) Soriano. I knew it couldn’t be (Richard) Neutra, he was too rigid a person. He designed according to what he wanted. Soriano was rigid, too, that’s why he died a pauper — he drove people away from him. If someone said, “Mr. Soriano, there’s a great view up there, can we just angle the roof up a bit to see that?” he’d just grumble. He could get very angry. If they persisted, he’d say, “there’s the door, goodbye!” He was very focused; he had rigid ideas about the grid, steel framing, and glass, which I accepted, because it was appropriate for the site. I had plenty of land, so I didn’t have a problem with all of the glass. Modern architects didn’t think of privacy in those days. The blessing in my life has been to cherish the concept of Soriano’s steel and glass house that he designed for me. Being inside looking out, you’re still in nature. Nothing’s changed in 50 years. But what does change are the wonderful shadows of the trees on the wall. It’s so wonderful in the morning when you come in here with the light striking that wall from the east, and the sun moves behind me, and it will go over your shoulder, into the south and west. It’s an amazing visual experience that changes continuously. The shadows shape the morning light.