Neutraface

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NEUTRAFACE

Nicolas Cherlet

Architect Richard Neutra coined the term biorealism to describe what he considered to be the inherent and inseparable relationship between man and nature. With the institute for survival through design, he sought to bring these two into greater harmony. In fact, his many residential commissions, professional buildings, and housing estates ingeniously figure natural elements into their formation; water-covered rooftops become upper-level reflecting pools and floor-to-ceiling sliding glass walls transform static living spaces into scenic panoramas. These considerations, however, are not artificially introduced as to imitate nature, but rather as a means of connecting the inside to the outside world. The History of Neutraface Although better known for his residential buildings, Richard Neutra’s commercial projects nevertheless resonate the same holistic ecology-unity with the surrounding landscape and uncompromising functionalism. His attention to detail even extended to the selection of signage for his buildings. It is no wonder that Neutra specified lettering that was open and unobtrusive, the same characteristics which typified his progressive architecture. House Industries brings the same linear geometry to Neutraface without sacrificing an unmistakably warm and human feel. The font family’s architectural origins lent to its initial creation as a headline typeface. However, in the spirit of Richard Neutra’s approach, a text version of Neutraface was conceived. Departing from the unusual proportions and stylized fashion of the display version, Neutraface Text features a larger x-height and increased contrast in its strokes for enhanced readability in lengthy passages. True to the International Style, Neutraface supports over two dozen languages including Central European writing systems. Neautraface has a very big font family; The general purpose versions of Neutraface are Neutraface Display and Neutraface Text, and since its...
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