“I had a ramp on one side down which water could flow, and von Sternberg could lie there with water running underneath him. Then, when he was sufficiently cooled off, he could lie in another area and be completely dry and warm. Then he could swim around. The whole thing would be luminous, with lights coming from the steps. It was a comfortable sort of pool for one man–just one man, and maybe a friend.”–Isamu Noguchi
Isamu Noguchi designed this pool in 1935 as part of a project by Los Angeles architect Richard Neutra for film director Josef von Sternberg’s home. It reflects Noguchi’s broad conception of sculpture as functional object, a belief that led him to devote a significant portion of his career to the designing of public parks, playgrounds, and plazas. The pool design is related to several of his playground proposals from the 1930s, but unfortunately was never realized due to a change in Neutra’s plans.