Richard Neutra's Sten Frenke Home Goes Hollywood.

Richard Neutra's Sten Frenke Home Goes Hollywood.

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Bethany Nauert
Jun 13, 2011

The movie "Laurel Canyon" has always been a favorite of mine and the one element that really stood out is the home featured in the movie. Many scenes were shot at the infamous Chateau Marmont, but the heart of the characters lie in the family home which is a Richard Neutra design.

The Sten-Frenke residence was designed by Richard Neutra in 1934, and later on underwent a 4 year restoration by Marmol Radziner and James Biber of Pentagram.

In the movie Laurel Canyon, director Lisa Cholodenko had the home furnished with contemporary pieces along with Rock and Roll memorabilia, attributing the history of the main character who was a "legendary music producer" of Hollywood. The yard had been decorated with tons of tables and lawn chairs, a barbecue and was overgrown with lush plants and flowers. It had a much more bohemian vibe, whereas in real life both the home and yard are minimalist and modern. In the movie we are made to believe that the guest house just across the pool had been converted into a music recording studio. In the photos of the renovation, there's no evidence of a guest house. Additionally, the actual home is located in Santa Monica, ironically nowhere near Laurel Canyon.

You can see pretty good range of the interior of the home along with the pool and yard in this clip of the movie.

Images: Julius Schulman and Marmol Radziner

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