Author Archives: Lyra

Sun Seekers Book

Sun Seekers: The Cure of California can be ordered here. Please support independent publishers and order from the lovely folks at Atelier Éditions. Thank you!  

Sun Seekers Book

Sun Seekers: The Cure of California can be ordered here. Please support independent publishers and order from the lovely folks at Atelier Éditions. Thank you!  

News & Events

Coverage Los Angeles Times Washington Post Vogue Spain KCRW’s Design and Architecture (DnA) radio broadcast/podcast Hauser & Wirth’s URSULA magazine Yes Plz Weekly KCHUNG Radio broadcast: Hour-long conversation on Paul Pescador’s show, “9am” Excerpt in Palm Springs Life magazine: “I Obey the Laws

News & Events

Coverage Los Angeles Times Washington Post Vogue Spain KCRW’s Design and Architecture (DnA) radio broadcast/podcast Hauser & Wirth’s URSULA magazine Yes Plz Weekly KCHUNG Radio broadcast: Hour-long conversation on Paul Pescador’s show, “9am” Excerpt in Palm Springs Life magazine: “I Obey the Laws

Chairs for Health

After interviewing medical staff and patients, Alvar Aalto and his wife Aino, also an architect, meticulously co-designed the interior of the Paimio sanatorium in southwest Finland, from door handles that would not catch the sleeve of a doctor’s coat, to

Chairs for Health

After interviewing medical staff and patients, Alvar Aalto and his wife Aino, also an architect, meticulously co-designed the interior of the Paimio sanatorium in southwest Finland, from door handles that would not catch the sleeve of a doctor’s coat, to

Youth Heliotherapy

Leah Lovell and Pauline Schindler ran a progressive school together in the 1920s. This image shows them in a sundrenched garden in Los Angeles, holding hands in a circle with several children (including two sons of the photographer Edward Weston).

Youth Heliotherapy

Leah Lovell and Pauline Schindler ran a progressive school together in the 1920s. This image shows them in a sundrenched garden in Los Angeles, holding hands in a circle with several children (including two sons of the photographer Edward Weston).

Physical Culture magazine

Bernarr Macfadden was a vegetarian bodybuilder and publisher whose widely popular magazine, Physical Culture, (founded in 1899) promoted exercise, fasting, temperance, unprocessed foods, and virility. Macfadden’s origins were intoxicating, especially to a young person seeking to remake themselves. Orphaned by an

Physical Culture magazine

Bernarr Macfadden was a vegetarian bodybuilder and publisher whose widely popular magazine, Physical Culture, (founded in 1899) promoted exercise, fasting, temperance, unprocessed foods, and virility. Macfadden’s origins were intoxicating, especially to a young person seeking to remake themselves. Orphaned by an

Protecting Fair and Affordable Housing

You may have seen developer Geoff Palmer’s luxury apartment buildings clustered on the fringes of downtown Los Angeles. Massive, and dressed in wan tones of bisque and vanilla, they all hew to a particular architectural style. One could say they’ve

Protecting Fair and Affordable Housing

You may have seen developer Geoff Palmer’s luxury apartment buildings clustered on the fringes of downtown Los Angeles. Massive, and dressed in wan tones of bisque and vanilla, they all hew to a particular architectural style. One could say they’ve

New Map Highlights African-American Architects’ Work in Los Angeles (Part 2)

“In architecture, I had absolutely no role model,” said Norma M. Sklarek, the first African-American woman to earn an architecture license in the United States. In the mid-1960s, Sklarek moved to Los Angeles from New York to join the firm

New Map Highlights African-American Architects’ Work in Los Angeles (Part 2)

“In architecture, I had absolutely no role model,” said Norma M. Sklarek, the first African-American woman to earn an architecture license in the United States. In the mid-1960s, Sklarek moved to Los Angeles from New York to join the firm