Austrian-American architect Rudolph Schindler was a maverick of modernism. In the early 1920’s, the Frank Lloyd Wright protege amassed a portfolio of avant-garde residences emblematic of California modernism—well before Pierre Koenig or Richard Neutra popularized the style. Despite his prescience, Schindler mainly received posthumous recognition. Philip Johnson famously rejected him from MoMA’s landmark International Style exhibition, nor was he included in the Case Study Houses program.
Los Angeles’s MAK Center for Art and Architecture is paying homage to Schindler through a series of exhibitions, starting with “Pin-Up: A Designed Tribute to Schindler’s L.A” at the architect’s Fitzpatrick-Leland House. The show evolves from “Schindler Goes West,” an exhibition at Paris’s Triode Gallery during the city’s design week in September, in which five Schindler enthusiasts (who all practice in Los Angeles) showcased furnishings and light fixtures that riff on his style. The designers—Atelier de Troupe creative director Gabriel Abraham, furniture guru Brendan Ravenhill, Interior Design Hall of Fame members Marmol Radziner, designer Pamela Shamshiri, and artist John Williams—reunite for “Pin-Up,” which shows original pieces alongside reinterpretations.