A Corrugated, Plastic Bifold Door Opens Up an Artist’s Tiny L.A. Studio

A Corrugated, Plastic Bifold Door Opens Up an Artist’s Tiny L.A. Studio

By Kelly Vencill Sanchez
Simple materials transform a rundown wood balcony into a new roof deck and versatile creative space.

Kim Schoen is used to thinking outside the box, but when rising rents prompted the artist to give up her workspace in L.A.’s Chinatown, she didn’t imagine the replacement would turn out to be literally in her own backyard. That is, not until designer Marc Frohn proposed transforming the rundown wood balcony behind her Mount Washington home into a large deck with a studio tucked below.

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