LUMAS is pleased to present a new series of striking images by photographer and architecture specialist Stephanie Kloss. Born and raised in Germany, Kloss’s deep interest in mid-century modern buildings led her to California in order to capture some of the world’s most iconic examples.

California Dreaming takes us on a photographic tour of Hollywood’s most recognised residences, designed by star architects of the age which include Richard Neutra, John Lautner and Albert Frey. We journey from the famous Goldstein Home, featured in films Charlie’s Angels and The Big Lebowski, to Sinatra’s renowned Twin Palms residence, where the likes of Marilyn Monroe and JFK are said to have sipped cocktails. Kloss recreates the glamour of the era with her model, Anne, who becomes a living sculpture. Dressed in the style of the time, she serves to show off the surrounding architecture.

Alongside the former playgrounds of Hollywood stars, the photographs also capture important shifts in the history of American architecture. Such is the case with Case Study House #10. Located in the suburbs of LA, the house was built as an experimental model in 1947 and is a key example of the 1940’s push by renowned architects to develop new types of housing purposely designed to accommodate the masses in cheap, easily constructed, but beautiful ways.


Palm Springs City Hall (1952) by Albert Frey. [Photography: Stephanie Kloss]
Palm Springs City Hall (1952) by Albert Frey. [Photography: Stephanie Kloss]
Case Study House No.10 (1947) by Kemper Nomland. [Photography: Stephanie Kloss]
Case Study House No.10 (1947) by Kemper Nomland. [Photography: Stephanie Kloss]

Twin Palms (1947) by E Stewart Williams, once home to Frank Sinatra.
Twin Palms (1947) by E Stewart Williams, once home to Frank Sinatra.
Twin Palms (1947) by E Stewart Williams, once home to Frank Sinatra.[Photography: Stephanie Kloss]
Twin Palms (1947) by E Stewart Williams, once home to Frank Sinatra.[Photography: Stephanie Kloss]

About the Artist: Stephanie Kloss’s fascination with art and architecture is visible throughout her work. After earning a degree in Architecture at the Technical University of Berlin in 1994, she soon began postgraduate studies in Media Art at the Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design. There, she studied with Thomas Struth, Candida Höfer, and Marie-Jo Lafontaine. Her work has since appeared in countless solo and group exhibitions, most recently in the renowned Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin.

Stephanie recalls the experience of photographing her California Dreaming project:

“After 21 days in California and over 500 photographs I am taking this experience home with me. I was not in a film, but in a dream that came true.”


The Sheats Goldstein Residence (1963) by John Lautner. [Photography: Stephanie Kloss]
The Sheats Goldstein Residence (1963) by John Lautner. [Photography: Stephanie Kloss]

About LUMAS: LUMAS is an gallery in South Molton Street in Mayfair, London, founded in 2004 by Stefanie Harig and Marc Ullrich with the aim of making the art market more accessible. Over the last ten years it has grown into a highly successful global brand, offering collectors a diverse portfolio of works via an online platform and over 40 international LUMAS galleries.

LUMAS enjoys a unique position in the global field of art editions. Works are available as hand-signed originals in multiple sizes and limited edition of just 75-150. The growing portfolio currently showcases more than 200 artists with over 1,800 carefully curated works. The artists range from world-renowned photographers to promising new talent, offering collectors a wide variety of original and inspiring art.

Curated collections include the newly updated VOGUE Collection, the Trunk Archive and the Condé Nast Collection. These collections present museum-quality photography, including works by Horst P. Horst, Erwin Blumenfeld, Bert Stern, Cecil Beaton, Edward Steichen alongside new additions such as Arthur Elgort’s photographs of Kate Moss. The galleries are also home to a growing events programme, with regular private views, book launches and a series of talks providing an extensive insight into the contemporary photography scene.


The Sheats Goldstein Residence (1963) by John Lautner. [Photography: Stephanie Kloss]
The Sheats Goldstein Residence (1963) by John Lautner. [Photography: Stephanie Kloss]