Photos: 7d7 Studio/Omar Madrigal
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Sleeping in Neutra’s Bed
The iconic Neutra VDL House overlooking Silver Lake reservoir where the mid-century architect lived and worked is struggling to stay open to the public. There is an urgent campaign for funding of preservation maintenance and if you’ve never toured the residence, make time to do it now. Back in the early 70s I had the massive good fortune to spend the weekend at the house with a German artist friend who was working for Mrs. Neutra translating the writings and journals of her late husband. Mrs. Neutra was in Europe for a month, so my friend was working there and house-sitting (what a job!!). I spent hours browsing though his massive collection of books, cooking in the tiny kitchen, lounging in their furniture and playing musical beds, sleeping in a different room each night. My favorite spot was the tiny penthouse room with an outside reflecting pool facing Silver Lake. I threw down my sleeping bag thinking this was my idea of camping—in a visionary's home space. At night, it was magical with the windows open and moonlight dancing on the lake. For donations to help keep the house open, please visit the Cal Poly Pomona Foundation.