Carren's Pitch

Life by Design

Text by: Carren Jao
Edited by: Malaika Byng
Published: 01 Nov 2012, Wallpaper*

Designed by Schindler in 1936, the house is now maintained by the MAK Center. Courtesy of the MAK Center.
Perched on the crest of Laurel Canyon Boulevard and Mulholland Drive in Los Angeles, the Fitzpatrick-Leland House, designed by Rudolph Schindler in 1936, showcases the architect's mastery of composition. Interlocking volumes and windows of varying heights are carefully positioned throughout the 2,400 sq ft tri-level home, resulting in a complex, flowing space that's striking in its simple beauty.

'Schindler thought very carefully about light,' says Kimberli Meyer, director of the MAK Center for Art and Architecture, which now maintains the home. Built-in light fixtures hover right over the windows, integrated with the shade. Recessed lights at the corners of the room also help create a distinct atmosphere.

As part of the MAK Center's first Day of the Dead auction called 'Light My Way, Stranger,' the center asked forty-one Los Angeles architects and artists to design a light piece complementing Schindler's orchestration. Proceeds of the auction will support the center's programming and stewardship of three Schindler buildings. [read more]


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