February 27, 2011

Tim Allen was abducted by aliens here in Galaxy Quest


Thus was Myth-Making in the pre-digital 20th Century: Case Study House No. 22 « Iconic Photos

Pierre Koenig's Case Study House No. 22 (also the Stahl House), shows two well-dressed women conversing casually inside. In the photo, the cantilevered living room appears to float diaphanously above Los Angeles. “The vertiginous point of view contrasts sharply with the relaxed atmosphere of the house’s interior, testifying to the ability of the Modernist architect to transcend the limits of the natural world,” praised the New York Times. Yet this view was created as meticulously as the house itself. Wide-angle photography belied the actual smallness of the house; furniture and furnishings were staged, and as were the women. Although they were not models (but rather girlfriends of architectural students), they were asked to sit still in the dark as Shulman exposed the film seven minutes to capture lights from LA streets. Then, lights inside were quickly switched on to capture two posing women.
Posted by Vanderleun at February 27, 2011 10:04 AM
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Does this architectural confection still exist, or has it fallen into oblivion after one of SoCal's annual spate of mudslides?

Posted by: Mike Anderson at February 27, 2011 1:17 PM

Not only is it still there, you can rent it for parties and invite 40 people. But there's a bunch of requirements, and the onsite parking is apparently fairly nonexistent. Go to their website and see.

Posted by: Maureen at February 27, 2011 1:46 PM

Elegant, spacious, filled with natural light, and the views are to die for. Yes, the house is indeed timeless and an architectural wonder. The clean lines and lack of crap transcend time.

Posted by: Cilla Mitchell, Galveston Texas at February 27, 2011 4:09 PM

Galaxy Quest: One of the best - and most underrated - films of recent times.

Posted by: Brett_McS at February 27, 2011 10:32 PM