LA Mini House Tour: Machine Project's Minimal Jungle--Artist in Residence Space

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Echo Park's own Machine Project will soon be offering an apartment to their artists in residence (details on how to get in on this to be revealed soon). We're pretty impressed with how well this simple space is coming along with great indoor plants and terrariums (designed by Holly Vesecky), a little help from ikea and an eye for 'less is more'. We also like that the space is open enough to accommodate different personalities and can easily be transformed depending on how it needs to be used. The full scoop on plans for a windowseat terrarium and much more from Gallery Director Mark Allen after the jump:

Some background: At machine we host a wide range of events and speakers including writers, musicians, artists, and scientists. When the apartment above the gallery became available, we decided to rent it as a temporary residency for people to stay at while doing projects with us. Between visitors it will function as a space to host special events and small parties.

Square footage: 500 feet maybe. 1 bedroom

What style are you going for: minimal jungle.

Favorite Element: plant grotto

Biggest Challenge: designing a space that would feel comfortable and homey for visitors to stay at, that would express our personality but not be too overwhelming an aesthetic for people living there temporarily.

What Friends Say: when do I get to be artist in residence?

Biggest Embarrassment: reliance on IKEA

Proudest DIY element: jungle/terrarium/window seat (still in process)

Biggest Indulgence: renting an extra apartment for the gallery

Best Advice: open space is really nice, "stuff" is tiring

Where you wish you could buy things: exotic plant markets

Anything Else: we're about half done, the final version will have much more plant life

One note on the artists in residence: There will be 3-4 longer term residencies which will be 4-6 weeks long. Those artists will teach classes at the gallery, perform, lecture and curate events and maybe do office hours.