Lindsey Adelman residency lights up modernist LA apartment

Rudolph M. Schindler apartment in Los Angeles, white rectangle shape building, windows, viewing balcony with silver hand rail, green hedge, tree branches to the left, blue sky with white clouds
Lindsey Adelman opens up a year-long showroom inside a historic Rudolph M. Schindler apartment in Los Angeles.
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Moving house is not something most people opt to partake in, but for Lindsey Adelman Studio, the opportunity to take up residency within a historic Rudolph M. Schindler apartment in Los Angeles proved too much to refuse.

The apartment in question, one of Schindler's Mackey Apartments from 1939, which is being operated and stewarded by The MAK Center for Art and Architecture, together with modernist icon Schindler House (1922) in West Hollywood and the Fitzpatrick-Leland House (1936) in the Hollywood Hills, is a two-bedroom masterpiece, complete with a mezzanine floor and generous windows. Lindsey Adelman Studio moved into the premises this month, kicking off a year-long residency that will see the space operate not only as it's Los Angeles showroom, but also as an installation that blurs the line between home and commerce.

White interior walls, three windows under the ceiling, bespoke lighting climbing up the wall and attached to the ceiling, flod frames, white and clear glass round shades, close up of black frame light with clear shade and glass bulb lit

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‘When this opportunity came up – I couldn’t resist,’ says Adelman. ‘It has been pretty dreamy to exhibit my lighting in Schindler’s architecture. From a practical point of view, our clients can view the fixtures close up from the mezzanine level and also get a view from below looking up as they would in a home. Some of the rooms have very low ceilings, as many of our clients’ spaces do, providing a more realistic installation in a showroom. The manipulation of natural light in all of the rooms is masterful.’

Open until November, the apartment has been installed with all of the studio’s ethereal collections. Set against the rigour of Schindler’s architecture, the studio’s organic, glass forms and its array of materials creates a refreshing dialogue that highlights the individuality of each designer’s visual language.

Wooden floor, white walls, white framed staircase, bespoke floor standing lighting, wall and stair light lit up, electric cable attached to light frame on the floor

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The MAK’s mission to preserve and promote Schindler’s legacy extends to the architect and his wife Pauline’s flair for artistic and cultural experimentation too. They were avid entertainers with a recurring guest list of actors, poets, musicians and writers, turning their home into a hub of avant-garde discussion. The Schindler’s social influence has also inspired Adelman to pursue unexpected programming and events that will also take place in the space.

Adelman adds: ‘I love the history of the place – Schindler and his wife were known for decadent, bohemian parties and I think you can still feel that spirit’.


Visits by appointment only. For more information, visit the Lindsey Adelman website and the MAK Center for Art and Architecture website

Pei-Ru Keh is a former US Editor at Wallpaper*. Born and raised in Singapore, she has been a New Yorker since 2013. Pei-Ru held various titles at Wallpaper* between 2007 and 2023. She reports on design, tech, art, architecture, fashion, beauty and lifestyle happenings in the United States, both in print and digitally. Pei-Ru took a key role in championing diversity and representation within Wallpaper's content pillars, actively seeking out stories that reflect a wide range of perspectives. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two children, and is currently learning how to drive.