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Paul Kafka, 1907-1972 : furniture designer
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CSL&RC MSS 2006/1 [Kafka]
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Paul Ernest Kafka was born in Vienna, Austria, on 1 July 1907, the son of a Viennese furniture manufacturer. He worked in his father's factory from a young age and later became apprenticed to another furniture manufacturer in Vienna. He also studied furniture design and interior decoration at the Academy of Arts in Vienna. After completing his apprenticeship he took up a position as furniture and interior designer with a retail furniture store in Vienna.
In 1939 he and his wife Ilse migrated to Australia. He worked at Ralph Symonds Ltd for a short time prior to opening a small furniture factory in Elizabeth Street, near Central Railway station where he employed just a few craftsmen. After a couple of years he moved to larger premises in Botany Road, Waterloo, where he produced custom-built furniture, employing between 20-30 tradesmen, He became a naturalised Australian in 1945. In the last ten years before his death on 15 May 1972 he was producing specialised furniture and assisting in interior decoration of hotels and motels.
The Caroline Simpson Library & Research Collection holds 5 pieces of Paul Kafka designed furniture provenanced to the Kafka house in Eton Road Lindfield: a bedroom chair, a dining chair, a lounge chair, a lounge chair and footstool, and a coffee table [L2006/17-21].
Provenance: Estate of Paul Kafka.
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1948-1976
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Collection of architectural drawings, photographs, business ephemera and books.
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Kafka/B/1-5: Unused samples of business stationery: estimate sheets; order books; invoices; statements; circular letter re change of address, cJuly 1948; typescript biography of Paul Kafka with a sample of his furniture
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Kafka/E/1-4: 'Specification of residence at Roseville for P.E. Kafka Esq' prepared by H. Stossel architect; 3 architectural plans for 'Proposed new residence for P.E. Kafka Esq. Lot 8 Eton Rd Roseville' prepared by H. Stossell architect (1 undated , 1 dated 19 July 1948 and one dated 8 November 1948); 10 b&w photoprints by Phil Ward Studios of the exteriors and interiors of the house designed for Paul Kafka in Eton Road, Roseville by Hugo Stossel, architect ; unsigned, undated architectural drawing and MWS&DB drainage for lot 8 Eton Road.
Kafka/M/1-2: 2 books from Paul Kafka's library: Geoffrey Baker and Bruno Funaro 'Motels', New York 1955 and C.E.W. Bean 'Here, my son: an account of the independent and other corporate boys' schools of Australia', Sydney, 1950 [Inscribed to Ilsa and Paul Kafka by Bean]. 12 other books owned by Paul Kafka are catalogued individually in the library catalogue.
Kafka/P/1: 5 b&w (20x26 cm) photoprints of chairs and tables in a restaurant interior, photographs taken by Mike Studios
Kafka/P/2: 3 b&w (20x26 cm) photoprints of a motel interior, photographs taken by Douglass Baglin
Kafka/P/3: 1 b&w (20x26 cm) photoprint of a motel interior, photograph taken by Scott Polkinghorne & Owen Stevens Pty Ltd
Kafka/P/4: 13 b&w (20x26 cm) photoprints of a motel interior, photographs taken by Ern McQuillan
Kafka/P/5: 2 b&w (20x26 cm) photoprints of a motel interior, photographs taken by Edsteet Pty Ltd
Kafka/P/6: 3 b&w (20x26 cm) photoprints of a motel interior and of chairs and tables in a restaurant interior, photographs taken by Brian Hart
Kafka/P/7: 2 b&w (20x26 cm) photoprints of a motel interior and of chairs and tables in a restaurant interior, photographs taken by Keith M. Hutchinson
Kafka/P/8: 1 b&w (20x26 cm) photoprints of a hotel lobby , photograph taken by Gervaise Purcell Pty Ltd
Kafka/P/9: 201 b&w photoprints of motel interiors, photographer/s unknown
Kafka/P/10: 11 b&w (20x26 cm) photoprints of a motel interior, photographs taken by Latrobe Studios
Kafka/P/11: 14 b&w photoprints of motel, hotel and restaurant interiors, photographs taken by Max Dupain and Associates
Kafka/P/12: 9 col (18x25 cm) photoprints of motel interiors.
Kafka/P/13: 1 b&w (25x30 cm) of a motel interior, photographer unknown.
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CSL&RC MSS 2006/1 [Kafka]