Ray Kappe is a master of interlocking spaces and carefully modulated light.
"With the revival of interest in post-World War II Los Angeles architecture, coupled with a fascination for today's West Coast architects, book publishers have been working furiously to meet the demand....
"[The book Themes and Variations: Ray Kappe has] arrived in this country from Images Publishing in Australia...by Michael Webb, on the architect Ray Kappe, heir to the California modernist tradition. Known to most as the founder of the experimental SCI-Arc school (Southern California Institute of Architecture), Mr. Kappe is also one of the most undersung architects in Los Angeles. He began his career in the early 50's and wedded the open spaces of Richard Neutra to the softer, more natural modernism of Harwell Hamilton Harris. Then he added the complexity and love of landscape of Frank Lloyd Wright. Eleven of Mr. Kappe's projects are displayed in this long overdue monograph. Included is his own, breathtaking 1965 Kappe House in Pacific Palisades, a marvel of interlocking planes of wood, glass and concrete in harmony with a lush canyon site. His works are so three-dimensional that photos do not always do them justice." (New York Times, March 18, 1999)