A Designer Couple’s Los Angeles Residence Sports a Steel Screen for Climbing Vines

Navigating a tricky corner lot, the founders of OPEN For Humans create a live/work sanctuary that privileges outdoor spaces.
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When Melanie Ryan and Todd Sussman, founders of design studio OPEN For Humans, were scoping out potential sites for their new residence in Los Angeles, an angular corner lot in Echo Park piqued their interest. It held the alluring potential to capture views—"We used a drone to scope it out," recalls Melanie—but a workable plan had to be extracted from the irregularly shaped lot.

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Sarah Akkoush
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Sarah is a real estate developer by day and a writer by night. She can usually be found hustling, napping, or scooting up and down the hills of San Francisco on her Vespa.


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