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A design show that sets Pierre Koenig’s Case Study House 21 aglow

Winter is bleak, even in The Golden State. To break up the dark nights, Seomi International gallery has gathered together design sculptures that cast a fresh light on its storied exhibition space: Case Study House 21 by Pierre Koenig.

Glowing works by the likes of the Haas Brothers, Jeff Zimmerman and David Wiseman illuminate this 1957 Modernist gem, which sits within a Hollywood Hills canyon. The house – originally commissioned as part of Arts & Architecture magazine’s ‘Case Study’ experiments in low-cost building techniques – has been home to the South Korean design gallery since 2008.

During the daylight hours, visitors to the neatly named ‘A Case Study in Lighting’ show can examine the material quality of the sculptures as they sit in pools of natural light. After sunset, however, the house takes on a new glow.

Left to right: Jeff Zimmerman’s ‘Unique “biomorphic bubble”’, 2009 and ‘Full Moon’, 2014. Courtesy of Seomi International and the artists
Left to right: Jeff Zimmerman’s ‘Unique “biomorphic bubble”’, 2009 and ‘Full Moon’, 2014. Courtesy of Seomi International and the artists

The sculptures – the only source of light in the building – play with the surfaces of the property.

Zimmerman’s glass orbs and Weisman’s ‘branch’ sculptures create eerie reflections in the glass doors. Thaddeus Wolfe’s glass pendants takes on a gem-like quality, casting soft, coloured pools of colour across ceilings and walls to dramatic effect.

Outside, the combined light from the installation throws geometric forms across the steel-framed gallery’s courtyard, silhouetting the building against the night sky.

‘A Case Study in Lighting’ runs at Seomi International, Los Angeles, until 19 February 2016

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