Eckart Muthesius (1904 - 1989) was born in Berlin, German and studied at the Associated State School for Applied Arts in Berlin as well as the London Polytechnic. Muthesius became a master student in the studio of his father, Hermann Muthesius, the founder of the German Werkbund. In 1929, Muthesius met Prince Yeshwant Rao Holkar Bahadur in Oxford, the later Maharajah of Indore, who commissioned him to build and furnish his palace, Manik Bagh. Completed four years later, the palace was a masterpiece of the Art Deco style. Muthesius complemented his architecture with his own furniture and lamp designs.