Photo © Darren Bradley.

Photo © Darren Bradley.

A House Tour to Inspire:
Richard Neutra’s VDL House in Silver Lake, a National Historic Landmark

Explore modernist architect Richard Neutra’s VDL Studio and Residences, a site comprised of the original 1940 garden house and the main house reconstructed by Neutra and his son and partner, Dion Neutra, after a fire in 1963 destroyed the original.

“Only those, who have lived in a Neutra House, would ever understand how wonderful the daily satisfactions and delights are and how much this experience helps to augment the joy of living,” his wife, Dione Neutra, stated back in 1970. “This is especially the case in this house, which is built on three levels. With the many glass surfaces, mirrors, pools that reflect trees and flowers, every step from room to room, stairway up and down, is an aesthetic and artist experience, which I have the good fortune to enjoy, while I move about the house and watch the changing weather.” (source:

The Neutra VDL Studio and Residences are available for tours thanks to the stewardship of the College of Environmental Design at Cal Poly Pomona, and resident director and professor Sarah Lorenzen.

To learn more about the Neutra VDL Studio and Residences:

Date: Saturday, November 18
Time: 1:00pm - 3:00pm, 30-minute house tours will run at 2:00pm and 2:30pm.

Location: 1850 W Silver Lake Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90026
Gather: Meet at Silver Lake Meadow for a little pre-tour autumnal toast at 1pm. We’ll set up blankets directly across the street (at the Silver Lake Meadow) from the Neutra VDL House. The precise location will be sent out closer to the event.
Parking: Street parking only
Google Maps: 

Cost: $15

Bring a savory or sweet snack to share, if you are so inclined!





Jay Novak, co-owner of Modernica, Inc., will open up the doors to the furniture-making factory and share an insider view on the business, product curation, and ­fabrication methods that have been in operation in Los Angeles for 25 years.

Have the chance to ask your own questions and find out...
How does Modernica choose to follow or revive design trends?
What does the design-to-manufacturing process entail?
How do artists or brands become involved with Modernica for collaborations?
How do designers or firms select furniture for projects at small or mass quantities?

Date: Friday, October 20
Time: 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Location: 2901 Saco St. / A dead-end street, with Modernica at the end
Gather: Meet at the Spanish Revival building, directly in front of the factory as you pull up on Saco St.
Parking: Available on-site, find a spot between the 6 buildings that make up this large complex

Cost: Free for ASID members AND non-members


Modern by Moonlight: Walking Tour of DTLA

Join us for a private, docent-led tour of Bunker Hill skyscrapers and plazas in the twilight, followed by cocktails* with a view at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel's BonaVista Lounge.

WHEN? Monday, October 9 from 7:00-9:00PM

WHERE? The tour meets in Maguire Gardens on the
west side (Flower Street side) of the L.A. Central Library. 

HOW MUCH? $15 for ASID members, $20 for non-members


*participants pay for their own drinks


October 5: Volunteer @ PDC's Fall Market

Pacific Design Center (PDC) is looking for eight volunteers for the Fall Market Keynote Speaker Series on October 5, 2017. Volunteers will check-in attendees and direct them to the appropriate auditorium. When volunteers are done with their shift, they'll have the opportunity to explore the Design Week showroom programs for that day, to familiarize themselves with PDC, and to network with design professionals! Volunteer shifts begin from 9am, 2:30pm, and 4:30pm.

To learn more about the event, visit PDC's website and view their Fall Market newsletter.

To participate, please contact Maria Kennedy at


Event of the Month

Tour Platform Led by Ilan Dei Studio in Culver City Friday, Nov. 18

Join us as we tour Platform in Culver City, led by Ilan Dei Studio Friday, Nov. 18. We'll meet at 5 the IDV storefront and be joined by a representative from the studio. Following a visit to the retail store, we will take a walking tour of the outdoor spaces at the Platform development and end up with a Q&A at Blue Bottle Coffee. 

Ilan Dei Studio in Venice designs and manufactures urban outdoor furniture and other accessories. Platform is a 4o,ooo square foot development of cutting edge retail, dining and creative space. Ilan Dei Studio designed and manufactured all of the outdoor furniture at the development.

What: Tour Platform With Ilan Dei Studio in Culver City (Meet at IDV storefront)

Date: Friday, November 18

Time: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Address: 8850 Washington Blvd., Culver City, California