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A secret garden in the heart of a Los Angeles Highland Park neighborhood.

Two Nina's, One Urban Farm.

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Julia Sherman

In the heart of Los Angeles Highland Park neighborhood, there’s a secret garden, masked by the facade of an unassuming one story house with a big green Toyota pickup truck parked in front. Make your way through the side gate, and therein you’ll find fruit trees pregnant with clusters of swollen papayas and blue ice cream bananas, bees gorging themselves on a healthy mix of native flowering plants and edible annuals like chickpeas, fava beans, dinosaur kale and tomatoes. There’s a lime green cottage for the world's happiest chickens, and baskets filled with orange calendula blossoms drying in the sun. While this might appear to be a wild enclave of nature in the midst of the concrete city, this is the no doubt the product of the tireless, passionate work of two women named Nina. These two are on a mission to change the way we understand our food system, on the most intimate, local scale.  

This place is called Ziza Urban Farm, and it’s one half of Ziza Foods, a collaboration between Nina Weithorn, an urban farmer, and Nina Anakar, the cook who turns these homegrown produce, hand-dried spices and medicinal herbs into Morrocan comfort food that you too can enjoy at their weekly Echo Park pop-ups (check their Instagram for ordering info, @zizafoods, and for a constant feed of useful garden tips). A visit with these two ambitious, mindful young women is an education in anything from how to feed a living vat of indigo dye, to the traditions of culinary apprenticeship in Morocco. I kept them company as they prepped for their next pop up, shelling furry fava beans (saving the pods for nitrogen rich mulch), pulling green garlic from the ground (planted as a crop, but also as a pest repellent), and dividing cardamom plants, used not only for their pods, but for their fresh, warm, aromatic leaves.

Nina Anakar – how did you get into food? What was your path to building your own catering company?

I work as a private chef and caterer in Los Angeles, cooking with flavors inspired by my Moroccan heritage and local California produce. I started my career working front of house in restaurants and was a part of Sweetgreen’s original brand marketing and customer experience team for four years as the on the ground lead for the company’s NYC and CA launches.

After that, I spent a few years learning to become a professional cook. I wanted to connect with my heritage, so I went to Morocco and learned to cook from local women. Then, I moved to California for cooking school, but decided instead to continue learning through apprenticeships and by working in restaurants that served the kind of food I wanted to be making.

Now I cook full time for private clients, brands, and cater events in Los Angeles.


Wow! Tell me more about learning to cook in Morocco. That must have been fascinating.

Much of my family lives there and my dad still works in the hotel industry and visits often. I spent time cooking with my grandmother in Tangier in addition to taking classes and apprenticing in Marrakech at an institution called Maison Arabe, among others.

Apprenticeships are the “formal” culinary training in Morocco, at least for people who want to learn Moroccan cuisine. “Dadas” are women who teach cooking classes throughout the country in various forms; they are considered the highest experts in the field, and people can learn under them. Many of them own restaurants, hotels, and schools where they also teach young cooks.


Nina W, tell me a little bit about how you came to be my garden guru, the person I turn to when I have questions about composting, natural dye, what to do with calendula, and how to fix a bust in my irrigation system?

I have been doing urban agricultural work for about seven years now. I grew up in Los Angeles going to farmer’s markets and cooking with my mother, so I’ve always had an appreciation for fresh, local produce. Then I went to college at New York University and during that time I worked at a couple different urban farms and organizations, and by the time I graduated, I knew that growing food was something that I wanted to pursue.

I have done so many different things under the urban agriculture umbrella! I worked as a garden teacher in Hawai'i, and for Fruitstitute here in Los Angeles, doing holistic fruit tree care. During that same time I also completed an Herbalism Apprenticeship through Green Wisdom Herbal Studies in Long Beach, CA, learning about medicinal herbs, how they grow, and how they benefit the human body. For the past two years I’ve been working part-time for Urban Farms LA, installing and maintaining residential edible gardens around the city.

So, how did all of this knowledge lead you to the making of Ziza Urban Farm in your backyard in Highland Park?

When I started growing in the space that is now Ziza Urban Farm, it felt like a culmination of all of the knowledge I had gained from my past experiences. I use layouts of raised beds that I learned at rooftop farms in New York, methods of growing tropical plants from my time in Hawai’i, and fruit tree pruning techniques from Fruitsitute.

Since Nina A. and I partnered over a year ago, I’ve been cultivating Ziza Urban Farm and growing produce for Ziza Foods and our local community.


What was the space like before you started to transform it? How did you tackle it?

When I first got here, there was essentially nothing but one very sad looking succulent and a whole lot of depleted, compacted soil. Restoring the soil was clearly the first step. We sheet-mulched the entire backyard by layering cardboard, compost, and wood chips. This method of sheet mulching is one of my favorite ways to quickly build soil. The cardboard smothers weeds, the compost adds beneficial soil organisms and nitrogen, and the wood chips hold in moisture and support the growth of fungi, which are vital to soil health.

The fruit trees came next. At that time I was still working for Fruitstitute, so we had a big volunteer day with the entire team where we planted fruit trees. Now there are around 30 in the space! We filled in the area around the fruit trees with edible and medicinal perennial plants, planted passion fruit and grapes on all the fences, built two different systems for composting, a chicken coop, a shed, and a couple of raised beds dedicated to annual veggies, herbs, and flowers. I am really lucky that my boyfriend and two of my best friends all happen to be really talented woodworkers, so most of these larger construction projects were completed by them.

How did you two meet, and ultimately decide to start working together?

[Nina A] We met in 2019 when I was cooking for the Fruitstitute fundraiser (Nina W’s employer at that time). We instantly connected. I started hiring Nina W to help with cooking and sourcing local produce for catering gigs, and we worked really well together. Given the fact that both of us were open to experimentation, and how well our skills complement each other (me the cook, she the grower of all things), I invited Nina W to join Ziza as a co-founder and partner.


Where does the name Ziza come from?

[Nina A] Ziza is my Morrocan grandmother’s family nickname (her full name is Khadijah). “Ziza,” or “Aziza,” is often used as a term of endearment for respected matriarchs in Morrocan culture. It also happens to be the name “Nina” with the “N’s” flipped sideways.

A lot of our work in both the garden and kitchen is inspired by what has been passed down from generations before us. The reference to the Morrocan matriarchs is really central to the concept. In Morocco, matriarchs and home cooks are more revered than chefs, which is a sentiment that we hold at the core of our project. They also almost never write or publish recipes. Instead, they’re passed down through family lore, apprenticeship, and through hands-on learning.

What is the mission of Ziza?

On the urban farming and sourcing side, we do our best to set an example for how one can incorporate restorative methods of home gardening and urban farming into one’s everyday life. Underutilized land with depleted soil can be transformed into an urban ecosystem capable of supporting wildlife and producing food and medicine. There are so many vacant lots in LA and there’s so much opportunity to grow food hyper-locally in ways that are community-based and restorative to the planet, so this is something we advocate for.

This is also a moment, post pandemic, to really rethink how the food service industry can be re-built and reimagined in ways that aren’t as environmentally harmful and extractive as the current systems that are in place. We try to keep that front of mind with everything we do.

What do you see missing from the Los Angeles food and urban farming landscape?

It’s great to see environmental awareness and acknowledgement of the climate crisis becoming more mainstream over the last year. Food and urban farming are a really important part of this movement. However, we see that many of the individuals and organizations that have the largest platforms to speak out about these issues are doing so from positions of great privilege and continuously fail to give credit to historically marginalized people working within extractive food and agricultural systems.

We hope to see more leadership granted to Black people, Indigenous people and people of color who have always had the answers for how we can use this work to heal both ourselves and the land we live on.

I was lucky enough to place a big order for your first pop-up. It was so refreshing to me because it felt like home cooked food rather than take-out. How would you describe your food?

That’s the idea! I cook with Moroccan flavors and seasonal California produce, and I try to make my food feel warm and nourishing in a way that I think you can only feel from a home cooked meal. There is lots of olive oil, spices, citrus, and herbs, with a focus on vegetables, fruits, and local meat (especially lamb).

I also cook a broad range of Moroccan food, which means you’ll sometimes catch the flavors of the people who have colonized or immigrated to Morocco over the years, like Spanish and Arab, to name a few.

Alright, I know this has nothing to do with Ziza per se, but I am so fascinated by your indigo dye vat. Nina W. -- Can you tell me a bit about it? How did you start the culture? What is required to keep it alive, and how is it different from other dyes?

Indigo is one of the most beautiful and satisfying natural dyes to work with! It has been used as a dye for thousands of years across Asia, Africa and Central America. The species that I grow is called Persicaria tinctoria or Japanese Indigo. It’s an annual plant (completes its entire life cycle in 1-2 growing seasons) that prefers warmer temperatures, so I grow it in the spring and summer.

You can make dye with the fresh leaves, which produces a really amazing aqua color, but to get the deeper blue that is usually associated with indigo, I make a concentrated form of the indigo pigment: indigo pigment, fructose, calcium hydroxide (pickling lime), and distilled water. In order to sustain the vat you have to “feed” it with fructose every couple of weeks or after extensive use.


What advice do you have for people looking to get their hands dirty and start gardening, but who feel overwhelmed and intimidated?

Gardening is an exercise in patience. A huge part of gardening is just waiting - waiting for the seeds to germinate, waiting for the flowers to bloom, waiting for the fruit to ripen. Of course, in the interim there are lots of things to be done like watering, weeding, fertilizing, or checking for pests. But, new gardeners get really frustrated with the amount of time it takes for some plants to grow, and there’s really nothing you can do about that timeline.

Another tip is to start small and easy. Start with herbs like thyme, rosemary, or sage. They are low maintenance and easy to use in the kitchen. Some other good beginner plants are radishes, beans, peas, green onions, and mustard greens. Slowly add more plants as you gauge how much time your garden requires and how much time you are willing and able to give to it.

So, how does one best experience Ziza at this moment in time?

For now you can experience what we do through our regular pop-ups, by ordering through our Instagram and picking up meals in Echo Park. We will also be offering more educational programming. We always are excited to inspire people to grow their own gardens.

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The Cranbrook Academy of Art educated a generation of American designers.
The art studio at Cranbrook school in Michigan.

The School that Changed Furniture

A Michigan art school taught our most iconic designers.

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The Saarinen family at a tulip table.

Charles and Ray Eames.

Florence Knoll at work.

Bertoia chairs, designed by Harry Bertoia.

The Cranbrook Academy of Art is not what you’d expect. Tucked in a leafy suburb of Detroit, the school is both museum and training facility for generations of architects, artists, and designers. Conceived by George Booth as a center of artistic education in 1926, the school served as laboratory and incubator for designers who would challenge the status quo and cement Michigan as the epicenter of modern furniture in the United States.

The influence of Cranbrook is clear for those in the know. Simply googling “Mid-Century Modern Furniture” results in a long list of pieces associated with the school. But five alumni stand out as leaders of a post-war furniture revolution that replaced staid, traditional designs with bold, affordable, and modern pieces.


Eero Saarinen

Saarinen’s father Eliel was dean at Cranbrook, so Eero not only attended the institution as a student but grew up on the campus. While the elder Saarinen is famous for his tranquil designs that meld traditional and art deco style, Eero’s work is emblematic of the space age. Along with architectural achievements like the St. Louis Gateway Arch, he is particularly famous for his pedestal collection of ‘Tulip’ chairs and tables. Aiming to rid the dining experience of the disruptive “slum of legs”, the Tulip chairs were designed to appear as a single piece of curvaceous fiberglass.


Charles & Ray Eames

Without Cranbrook, the legendary Eames design partnership wouldn’t exist. The couple met at Cranbrook, and it was at the school that they began experimenting with molded plywood (Eero Saarinen was an early collaborator, too). Their work at Cranbrook was stalled by the war, but a plywood splint designed by the pair for wounded soldiers was a foundation for much of their later output. They emphasized function in their designs; believing “what works good is better than what looks good because what works good lasts.” Today, the molded Eames Chair is a coveted piece of furniture history.

Florence Knoll

Each of the aforementioned Cranbrook designers partially owe their success to Florence Knoll, who studied at Cranbrook as a boarding student and became close with the Saarinen family. In 1934, Knoll enrolled in the architecture course at the academy, and entered into a furniture studio in 1936 where she collaborated with Eero Saarinen and Charles Eames. After finishing school, Knoll was a practicing interior designer who emphasized functional layouts and modern aesthetics. With her husband, she founded Knoll Associates, which famously worked in partnership with leading designers to bring modern furniture to market. With her business sense and strategic vision, the Eames’, Harry Bertoia, and Eero Saarinen became household names in the post war era. Her signature “Knoll Look” revolutionized American offices, bringing cutting-edge design to spaces that had long been dominated by faux European antiques.


Harry Bertoia

Bertoia came to Cranbrook in 1937 as a jeweler and sculptor. His work centered around metals, and so when he dipped a toe in the world of furniture design it was only natural that he would design pieces from wire. The famous diamond-shaped Bertoia chair used welded wires to form a molded seat. Bertoia considered furniture an extension of his sculpture practice, writing of his seating, “If you look at these chairs, they are mainly made of air, like sculpture. Space passes right through them." The chairs were a huge hit, and their success allowed Bertoia to devote himself almost entirely to sculpture in the mid-1950s.


1. Header Image: A studio at the Cranbrook Academy of Art. Image via the Cranbrook Foundation. / 2. Saarinen and his family at a tulip table. Image via Knoll. / 3. Ray and Charles Eames. Image via the Eames Foundation.. /
4. Florence Knoll. Image via Knoll. / 5. The famous Bertoia chairs.

A writer built a dream home that's perfectly suited to his collection of art, books, and music.
The exterior of a modern home in Austin Texas.

Alejandro Puyana’s Bold Austin Home

The writer built his own modern sanctuary.

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A writer sits at a Floyd desk with his laptop and cat.

Built in bookshelves in a compact living room.

A kitchen with deep blue tile.

A collection of screen prints behind a moped parked on a concrete floor.


1. Header image: A slatted facade helps to mitigate the hot Texas sun. / 2. Puyana often writes from home. / 3. Looking into the living space from the kitchen. Custom built-ins house Puyana's extensive book collection. / 4. A sleek kitchen is built for entertaining. / 5. Map drawers house more of Puyana's screen print collection (that didn't make it onto the walls).

One glance at Alejandro Puyana’s home reveals its owner’s creative nature. The writer, originally from Venezuela, built the bold East Austin house from the ground up. The exterior is certainly distinctive, with elegant vertical slats and an angular facade. But the interior is where Alejandro’s personality really shines — his sharp eye for color and form evident at every turn. The small space houses large collections of books and art, but feels impressively airy. We asked Alejandro about his space and learned how the author showcases his pop culture obsession without sacrificing style.

Give us an intro!

My name is Alejandro Puyana, I’m a 38 year old house builder and writer in Austin, currently getting an MFA at the Michener Center for Writers. I live here with my cat, Logan.

Where do you live? What should we know about your home?

My home is in the East Side, in Austin, Texas. It’s a brand new home! I designed it with architect Murray Legge and then finished building it about a year ago. I built it on a corner lot with a sister home, a 900 SF accessory dwelling unit that I sold to my very nice neighbors. It’s a modern house, designed to be in scale with homes on the street and to fit with the East Side’s funky neighborhood character.

Did you fall in love with your home the first time you saw it?

Yes! I guess it’s more apt to say that I fell in love with it as it came to life. I’ve spent hours and hours thinking about this house, been in its bones while it was coming up and I’d like to think we are both learning to live with each other now.

Were you worried about anything in the space, before living there?

Yes! It’s a small living room/dining room/kitchen. I didn’t quite know if I’d be able to figure out a way to make it feel right and look right and still have definition of spaces. I feel it worked out really well and it suits me perfectly.

What room do you use the most? Did it surprise you?

The kitchen, office, living room and dining room (and when the sliding doors are open, the deck!) are all one big room full of light. I always thought it would be the place I’d spent the most time, and I’m glad it turned out to be true.

An open-plan living space with black kitchen cabinets.
A large balcony with slats to block the sun.
A bathroom with deep blue tiles.
A modern home with large windows in Austin Texas.

1. The bedroom opens onto the patio, where Alejandro's favorite hammock hangs. / 2. The credenza is a recent find. / 3. A balcony runs the length of the home. / 4. The shady outdoor space overlooks Alejandro's favorite pecan trees. / 5. The home's unified color scheme extends to the master bath.

What are some of your favorite sources of inspiration for your space?

Color, plants, books, movies. I wanted a place where people would feel happy to engage in conversation and feel surrounded by things that they want to spend time with.

How would you describe your interior style? Has it evolved over the years?
I would say eclectic but clean. I like color and texture and angles. I’ve been a pop culture enthusiast since I was a kid: comic books, science fiction movies, and so many books—and that aesthetic really centers my style. I don’t think there’s anything that brings a house to life more than books and plants, so I’ve got them scattered around the house. The most beautiful wall in my house is the library (designed by Trey Farmer and Adrienne Lee Farmer of Studio Ferme), I usually just sit and look at book spines, remembering what a particular book made me feel, or just look at the colors and shapes, it relaxes me. I also collect screen prints, both alternative movie posters (from galleries like Mondo, Spoke Art, and Bottleneck) and art prints, and my house is full of them (some on the walls and some waiting to be framed in the flat file cabinet!)
How did you go about furnishing the space? Was it a start-from-scratch process, or did you bring old favorites along with you?
I pretty much started from scratch. I really wanted to have pieces that could stand the test of time, that were practical and beautiful without being too frilly or ornate. I gravitated to modern American design, companies like Floyd and Bludot, and really took advantage of floor sales that allowed me to afford some pieces otherwise out of my price range. The two old favorites I brought were Venezuelan hammocks that at some point hung in my home in Caracas.
Do you have any favorite pieces? What’s their story?
My yellow hammock, for sure is a favorite. You have not truly read a book until you’ve done so swaying in threaded fabric! I’m currently in love with my Lap Credenza, which I use as a bar, one of those floor sale finds that cost me a fraction of what the piece is actually worth. And finally, every time I see the handsome angles of my Floyd table I swoon a little.
What's the one thing you’d rescue in a fire? (Other than family & pets, of course).
A pen drive with my novel manuscript. I get anxious just even thinking about the possibility of losing that.
What makes you feel most at home when you walk in the door?
My cat, Logan, and walking up the stairs and feeling like I’m in a canopy of pecan trees.


What’s a favorite memory you have in your home?

Every time I’m able to sit at my desk and look out the huge window and write. Like I’m doing right now! But also the prospect of all the other memories that are yet to be made, can’t wait for those.

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The Brooklyn couple on designing a space that reflects both of their personalities.
Liron and Gal in their brooklyn kitchen.

Liron & Gal’s Colorful Loft in Brooklyn

A couple maximizes the lightness & brightness of their airy loft.

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East Williamsburg Brooklyn.

An exterior of a loft with lights illuminated.

A couple at a blush Floyd table.

A Floyd bed with an Enzo Mari poster above.


1. Header image: Liron & Gal love to cook at home. / 2. East Williamsburg, Brooklyn. / 3. Their apartment has huge windows overlooking the neighborhood. / 4. The couple have lived together for ten years. / 5. A Floyd Bed underneath a newly acquired "La Pantera" print by Enzo Mari.


New Yorkers aren’t typically associated with a taste for exuberant color. But for Liron Eldar-Ashkenazi & Gal Eldar, bold shades are a starting point. The creative couple converted an industrial-style apartment in Brooklyn into a modern space with big, colorful impact. Inside, an enviable plant collection thrives under massive windows, while modern furniture mixes perfectly with design classics. We spoke to Liron and Gal about their space and how it’s an extension of their graphic, bright design style.

Give us an intro! What should we know about you?

We’re Liron Eldar-Ashkenazi & Gal Eldar. I’m a freelance design director and 3D artist and Gal is a senior product manager at a fin-tech company. We’ve been married for a little over 3 years and have been living together for around 10.

Can you tell us a bit about your home?

We live in East Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY in a medium size multi-family building. It’s a renovated post-war building with concrete ceilings and a generally open floorplan.

Did you fall in love with the space the first time you saw it?

We did indeed. We walked in and saw the large wall-to-wall windows, and how lit the apartment was at around 5 pm, it was the golden hour and the house was glowing. We decided right there and then.

Were you worried about anything in the space, before living there?

We were afraid it wasn’t going to be big enough to fit everything, but after we started putting in the furniture we were relieved to find out it was just an optical illusion and it is indeed spacious enough.

What room do you use the most? Did it surprise you?

Living-room kitchen combo and the fact that it’s all in one large space so light-filled is the great part about it. We love cooking and entertaining so it didn’t come as a surprise at all.

A Saffron Floyd sofa with chaise and birch arms.
East Fork pottery mugs on a shelf.
Work from home with a Floyd Sofa and Floyd table.
a console with books.
A Birch Floyd bed with a modern lamp and bedside table.

1. The yellow sofa is a favorite piece. / 2. The open kitchen lends itself to creative cooking. / 3. Workspace and living space. / 4. Liron & Gal want to continue collecting art for their home. / 5. They'd rescue their book collection in a fire. / 6. Lighting sets a warm mood.

How would you describe your interior style? Has it evolved over the years?

We always loved cozy living spaces, calming colors and natural textures such as concrete and wood. Our last sofa was velvet grass-green, then we switched to our lovely yellow Floyd sofa, and our dining-room table has a light pink top. Our apartment is filled with plants, they contribute a lot of bright colors and more natural textures. We have many types of woods, some are darker some light, but they all seem to work nicely together. We’re dedicated to filling our lives with bold colors.

What are some of your favorite sources of inspiration for your space?

Hominess and coziness. We love creating spaces that feel warm and invite you to spend time in them, so the feeling we get from being in the space is our guiding principle. Looks are important, but balance and feng shui is key.

Did you furnish the home from scratch, or did you bring in pieces you loved from previous spaces?

We brought a selection of furniture from our previous apartment, most of our dark wood furniture for example, but for the big pieces, Sofa, dining-room, and bed we got all new. Putting the time and the money to make it just like we dreamed really paid off.

What's the one thing you’d rescue in a fire? (Other than family & pets, of course).

Our book library, we’ve been collecting it slowly for years now, it’s a really nice combination of philosophy, science and design.

Is there anything you think the space needs that you haven't yet added?

More art on the walls. We have a really hard time committing to pieces, but we’ve slowly been creating our collection.

What makes you feel most at home when you walk in the door?

The smell. We cook a lot and our home usually has that light aroma.

Is there anything you can’t feel at home without?

Gal - All of my books. Liron - All of my clothes, haha!

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Tour the famous Van der Leeuw research house.
Richard Neutra Sitting Room

Inside Neutra's Living Laboratory

Richard Neutra's Van der Leeuw research house was a living experiment in sustainable building.

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The exterior of the Van der Leeuw Research house.

Looking into a bedroom at Neutra's van der leeuw resesarch house.

An internal courtyard at Neutra's van der leeuw research house.

The view from the van der leeuw research house designed by Richard Neutra.

Ten thousand dollars doesn’t go very far in Los Angeles these days. But in 1932, it was a $10,000 loan from Dutch industrialist Cees H. Van der Leeuw that allowed the renowned architect Richard Neutra to build a home that would become a jewel of California Modernism.

Although the original home burned to the ground in 1963, leaving only the workshop and basement intact, Neutra and his son Dion rebuilt and used the tragedy as an opportunity to incorporate new technology into the structure. They added a penthouse solarium and reflecting pool, and experimented with bio-responsive, sustainable features, like automatic louvered blinds that adjusted to the day’s changing sunlight. The result is a home that moves beyond a singular architectural vision, instead embodying a progression of technique and style that spans decades and generations.

Inside the home, the notoriously detail-oriented Neutra paid equal attention to the minutiae of furnishing. He used low-cost and durable materials, including plywood and formica to fit built-ins designed for functional daily use. Other furniture was chosen (or made) by the architect for durability in high-traffic settings or efficient use of space. Glass walls, reflective surfaces, and an open floor plan make the home feel more spacious than its 2000 square feet. Even so, the space fosters a sense of privacy despite its airy feel. Neutra wrote, "I was convinced that high-density design could succeed in a fully human way, and I saw my new house as a concrete pilot project. I wanted to demonstrate that human beings, brought together in close proximity, can be accommodated in very satisfying circumstances, taking in that precious amenity called privacy.”

Today, the VDL Research House is owned by Cal Poly Pomona, and is once again home to architects and students, who now study Neutra’s masterpiece and use the space as inspiration for their own work. Nearly ninety years after its construction, and almost sixty after its rebirth, the home still shines in the California sun. It’s easy to imagine Neutra, whose ashes were scattered on the property after his death in 1970, feeling satisfied that his architectural experiment inspired as he intended. On a plaque in the courtyard, Neutra’s words set out his intention for each visitor: “’s survival depends on his design.”

Learn more about the VDL Research House and plan a visit.

Neutra posing by the reflecting pool on the property.


1. Header image: the sitting room at Neutra's Van der Leeuw Reasearch House. / 2. The home is perched just above the Silver Lake Reservoir. Image via the Richard and Dion Neutra Institute for Survival Through Design. / 3. Small interior spaces open outward. / 4. Outdoor space furnished with boomerang chairs, designed by Neutra. / 5. The view invites the outdoors in. / 6. Neutra on his rooftop, overlooking one of three reflecting pools on the property. Image via the Richard and Dion Neutra Institute for Survival Through Design.

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