Lighting auction at Rudolph Schindler’s Fitzpatrick-Leland House, LA

Exterior view of The MAK Center for Art and Architecture
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The MAK Center for Art and Architecture has commissioned 41 architects to design a light piece for its 'Light My Way, Stranger' auction at Rudolph Schindler's Fitzpatrick-Leland House (opens in new tab) in Los Angeles

Perched on the crest of Laurel Canyon Boulevard and Mulholland Drive in Los Angeles, the Fitzpatrick-Leland House (opens in new tab), 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 (opens in new tab), 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.

Installed throughout the home, some creations looked to Schindler for inspiration. ALM Project (opens in new tab)'s 'ID 835' echoes the brilliant shaft of light that emanates from the slits of the King's Road House windows while Francois Perrin (opens in new tab) played on Schindler's own concept of space architecture, with a simple white neon sign spelling out 'space'.

Perhaps inspired by Schindler's own spirit, others propelled their own lines of investigation. With a bulb, steel wire and shade, Chu+Gooding (opens in new tab) created piece that radiated an incredible patterning on the ceiling. Shaped organically, BplusU (opens in new tab)'s 3D-printed Sponge Lamp pulsed with changing LED lights. Even the pool is home to a Kori Newkirk (opens in new tab) leaf-like piece that floats on the water.

'What's interesting for me is to look at the juxtaposition between the thinking that's behind this building from 1936 and the thinking behind the contemporary works we have here,' says Meyer. 'They're all experimenting and so was Schindler.'

Exterior view of a swimming pool outside a house

Designed  in 1936, the house is now maintained by the MAK Center

(Image credit: Schindler)

Tribulus Omanense Lamp

'Tribulus Omanense Lamp' by Ehrlich Architects

(Image credit: Mimi Teller)

'Untitled' light

'Untitled' light 

(Image credit: Nate Page)

RV Model Lamp

From left: 'Kill Bill' by P-A-T-T-E-R-N-S, 'Tribulus Omanense Lamp' , '†∆†∆U' , 'Untitled' and 'RV Model Lamp' 

(Image credit: Ehrlich Architects, Axel Prichard-Schmitzberger, Julian Hoeber & Greg Lynn )

Lux Mechanica

'Lux Mechanica'

(Image credit: Duncan Nicholson)

Light lamps on table.

From left: 'Untitled #1024' and 'Untitled' 

(Image credit: Roy Dowell & Chu+Gooding)

A bedroom with light and Schindler Lantern.

From left: 'Light Charming'  and 'Schindler Lantern #1' 

(Image credit: Alexis Rochas & Molly Corey)