A-Z West: Investigative Living in California

The wonders of summer living have us contemplating how to adjust our daily routines the rest of the year. For inspiration, we’ve been turning to artist Andrea Zittel and her otherworldly live/work compound, A-Z West, on the edge of Joshua Tree National Park.

Zittel, a longstanding international art star who is represented by Andrea Rosen Gallery in New York and Regen Projects in LA, among others, describes her work as “encompassing all aspects of day-to-day living: home, furniture, clothing, food, all become the sites of investigation in an ongoing endeavor to better understand human nature and the social construction of needs.”

The home base for her study, A-Z West is spread over 35 acres of California’s high desert and features a dozen of what Zittel calls Wagon Stations, her signature futuristic living pods that look like compact trailers from Mars. Kindred spirits are invited to come stay for up to a month at a time in spring and fall, and we’re thinking of putting in an application. 

Photography via TRNK, unless otherwise noted.

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