Eckart Muthesius

Eckart Muthesius (1904–1989) After studying architecture in Berlin and London, Muthesius started working for the architectural firm James & Yerbury before joining Sir Raymond Unwin. He worked also with his father, Hermann Muthesius, founder of the "Deutscher Werkbund". In 1929 Eckart Muthesius met Prince Yeshwant Rao Holkar Bahadur in Oxford, who later became Maharadscha of Indore. The Maharadscha asked him to design his palace "Manik Bagh", which means "Garden of Rubies". Within four years this palace became a masterpiece of Art Décoratif. Palace furniture and lamps were designed by Eckart Muthesius. He integrated those with furniture by Eileen Gray, Le Corbusier, Ruhlmann, Louis Sognot, Charlotte Alix, and carpets by Ivan da Silva-Bruhns. Eckart Muthesius became the official consulting architect for the Board of Planning and Restoration for the State of Indore in 1936 – 1939. When the WorId War II started he had to leave India and returned to Berlin to work as architect. Today the "Manik Bagh" palace is used as the Ministry of Finance headquarter. The interior was auctioned by Sotheby Parke Barnet at Sporting Hiver in Monte Carlo in 1980 – homage to Eckart Muthesius.