Light My Way, Stranger

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By Linda Taalman / Published by Dwell
On Friday, the MAK Center for Art and Architecture held its first Day of the Dead auction featuring custom-designed lamps by architects and artists from Los Angeles and beyond. The proceeds from the auction will benefit future MAK Center programs and the stewardship of the three Rudolph Schindler dwellings in which their unique programming takes place.

The public opening held within Schindler's pioneering Fitzpatrick-Leland house was the perfect relaxed L.A. party. Part benefit, part critique, part social event, the night brought together friends, peers, artists, architects, and supporters of the MAK Center.

Light My Way, Stranger’s lamp fixtures ranged from reconsiderations of what might be called a lamp to creations repurposing everyday objects and materials to reinterpretations of Schindler to the expected digitally-fabricated creations. Overall, the range of the lamps was impressive, as was the quality— challenges the contributors took seriously, as each lamp required some engineering or at least re-engineering of lamp components.

Most designers consider the lamp to be a house for the light inside, a shade or a shell that shrouds and diffuses raw light, such as Alexis Rochas’ boa-like Light Charming, Ingalill and Roland Wahlroos Ritter’s Lattsinnig, or Ball-Nogues' Music Legs Globe Lamp made out of paper mached toilet paper. For a few, the opportunity was more in redefining the lamp as a structure to create light, such as Sam Durant’s Dead Battery Power, which repurposed dead battery parts, and Renee Petropoulos’s Lamp Opportunistic featuring a mirror intended to capture moonlight. Others mused on Schindler’s language: Andrea Lenardin Madden’s ID 835 lamp interpreted the slot window from the Schindler King’s Road house into a column of light. Francois Perrin’s elegant neon sign spelling out "SPACE" used light as a means to transmit a message about Schindler’s manifesto.

Light My Way, Stranger - Photo 1 of 15 - Alexis Rochas, I/O, Light Charming <br><br>Photo by: Patricia Parinejad

Alexis Rochas, I/O, Light Charming

Photo by: Patricia Parinejad

Light My Way, Stranger - Photo 2 of 15 - Alexis Rochas, I/O, Light Charming<br><br>Photo by: Patricia Parinejad

Alexis Rochas, I/O, Light Charming

Photo by: Patricia Parinejad

Light My Way, Stranger - Photo 3 of 15 - Ball-Nogues Studio, Music Legs Globe Lamp<br><br>Photo by: Patricia Parinejad

Ball-Nogues Studio, Music Legs Globe Lamp

Photo by: Patricia Parinejad

Light My Way, Stranger - Photo 4 of 15 - Ball-Nogues Studio, Music Legs Globe Lamp<br><br>Photo by: Patricia Parinejad

Ball-Nogues Studio, Music Legs Globe Lamp

Photo by: Patricia Parinejad

Light My Way, Stranger - Photo 5 of 15 - Ingalill and Roland Wahlroos-Ritter, Lattsinnig<br><br>Photo by: Patricia Parinejad

Ingalill and Roland Wahlroos-Ritter, Lattsinnig

Photo by: Patricia Parinejad

Light My Way, Stranger - Photo 6 of 15 - Sam Durant, Dead Battery Power<br><br>Photo by: Patricia Parinejad

Sam Durant, Dead Battery Power

Photo by: Patricia Parinejad

Light My Way, Stranger - Photo 7 of 15 - Olivia Booth, Grandiloquent Stripe<br><br>Photo by: Patricia Parinejad

Olivia Booth, Grandiloquent Stripe

Photo by: Patricia Parinejad

Light My Way, Stranger - Photo 8 of 15 - Tim Durfee, Loophole<br><br>Photo by: Patricia Parinejad

Tim Durfee, Loophole

Photo by: Patricia Parinejad

Light My Way, Stranger - Photo 9 of 15 - Chu Gooding Architects, Untitled<br><br>Photo by: Patricia Parinejad

Chu Gooding Architects, Untitled

Photo by: Patricia Parinejad

Light My Way, Stranger - Photo 10 of 15 - Kori Newkirk, Untitled<br><br>Photo by: Patricia Parinejad

Kori Newkirk, Untitled

Photo by: Patricia Parinejad

Light My Way, Stranger - Photo 11 of 15 - Heather Flood, What’s Love Got to do with It?<br><br>Photo by: Patricia Parinejad

Heather Flood, What’s Love Got to do with It?

Photo by: Patricia Parinejad

Light My Way, Stranger - Photo 12 of 15 - Barbara Bestor, Drum Light<br><br>Photo by: Patricia Parinejad

Barbara Bestor, Drum Light

Photo by: Patricia Parinejad

Light My Way, Stranger - Photo 13 of 15 - Susan Stilton, She Could Have Danced All Night<br><br>Photo by: Patricia Parinejad

Susan Stilton, She Could Have Danced All Night

Photo by: Patricia Parinejad

Light My Way, Stranger - Photo 14 of 15 - Andrea Lenardin Madden/ a l m, ID 835 (Homage to the Kings Road House)<br><br>Photo by: Patricia Parinejad

Andrea Lenardin Madden/ a l m, ID 835 (Homage to the Kings Road House)

Photo by: Patricia Parinejad

Light My Way, Stranger - Photo 15 of 15 - Francois Perrin, Space (Schindler’s Manifesto)<br><br>Photo by: Patricia Parinejad

Francois Perrin, Space (Schindler’s Manifesto)

Photo by: Patricia Parinejad