After the Working Wildlife tour, I hustled back to town for a second Atlas Obscura event! Erin and Sandi were there also, but Siegfried was the official Field Agent for “Enter the Funhouse”. It was his first event in an official capacity for Atlas Obscura!
Its beginnings were quite humble. Alexa had just moved to Los Angeles and moved into the space, which was very plan. White walls, bare wood floors, etc. Chris was head-over-heels for her and would come hang out under the guise of doing some home repairs. After a while, they ran out of actual things that needed fixing and starting making up things to do. First, they added “the periscope” — a system of mirrors on hinges — so that from the bedroom, Alexa could see out of every window at the same time. This also meant they can always have eye contact while talking from different parts of the house.
They also maximized the space by ripping out all storage. As Chris put it, “Why store more things when you can store more people?” Every nook and cranny in the apartment holds at least one surprise for visitors. The pantry was converted into a breakfast nook that double as the world’s tiniest disco!
My own photo from inside the disco is very limited, but it’s an amazing space. You can close the curtains and there’s light-reactive posters, a laser show, even a fog machine.
One of their closets is the “Nelson Mandela Memorial,” a trippy black light “jellyfish room” viewed through lenticular glasses.
The effect is much better in stereoscope, by the way.
Another closet, still in progress, is a rocket ship karaōke lounge.
They even turned the bathroom medicine cabinet into a tiny gift shop!
And on top of all that, there are rainbows everywhere, both painted and prismatic. Here’s the entrance from inside and out.
I think Siegfried first described the Funhouse to us as a “magical place of rainbows and whimsy”, but that does not say enough. Alexa and Chris are clearly two of the fun, energetic, positive people I have ever met. You cannot be around them and talk to them and not smile. Beyond their amazing vibe, though, I really have to admire their commitment to the Funhouse. How many of us are willing to empty out our closets to make extra party rooms?
If you ever get a chance to see the Funhouse either on a tour or at one of their Shabbat dinners, you have to do it!