inside pamela shamshiri's restored r.m. schindler home | interior photography for jenni kayne

When I was a kid, my dad and I used to spend our Sundays attending local open houses just to peek into the lives of others and marvel at the versatile architecture and design that existed behind the doors of the homes in our neighborhood. Sure, that might seem a little voyeuristic, seeing as we never had any intention of making offers or entering into contracts—but I'd like to think that it was my first real foray into the appreciation (and later, the photography of) interiors. 

My recent work with Jenni Kayne has introduced me to some of the most fascinating structures and landscapes around Los Angeles, and this shoot with Commune Design co-founder Pamela Shamshiri may just be one of my most treasured. In 2008, Pamela and her family purchased one of Viennese Modernist Rudolph Schindler's masterpieces nestled in the Hollywood Hills, and painstakingly restored it to not only reflect their own unique tastes, but to echo Schindler's original vision for the home constructed in 1947. Just walking through the space was a dream-like experience, and photographing it was akin to seeing it through layers of history and meaning. Jenni Kayne's Rip + Tan blog shares my images and a fascinating and insightful conversation with Shamshiri herself, but I wanted to post some favorite frames here for you to enjoy as well. 

Scroll on for a closer look at the home's one-of-a-kind character, and if you find yourself rearranging your rooms in the coming days, don't say I didn't warn you.