Ralph Koltai

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Ralph Koltai CBE, RDI is a German-born, naturalised British stage designer, who worked as associate designer of the Royal Shakespeare Company, and latterly as a sculptor.

Koltai was born in 1924, in Berlin, Germany, and moved to England in 1939.[1] He worked for British Intelligence at the Nuremberg Trials and alter studied at the Central School of Art and Design.[1]

He appeared as a "castaway" on the BBC Radio programme Desert Island Discs on 23 August 1998.[2]

In 2010 his metal collage sculptures were exhibited at the Royal National Theatre.[1]

He was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 1983[1] and was recognised as a Royal Designer of Industry (RDI) by the Royal Society of Art.



  1. ^ a b c d Rees, Jasper (22 September 2010). "Ralph Koltai, from theatre designer to sculptor". The Art Desk. Retrieved 20 August 2014. 
  2. ^ "Desert Island Discs - Castaway : Ralph Koltai". BBC Online. BBC. Retrieved 18 August 2014. 

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