Your work is unique for several reasons, but we’re specifically impressed by your intricate design process. Where do you begin?
We are always inspired by visits to our local vendors and studying the material properties and manufacturing processes they use. When designing, we find great comfort in making design decisions that respond to the material, or honor to the tools and manufacturing methods that are used in the production process.
From a business perspective, why did you decide to keep your business local and handmade, versus mass produced?
Your Glassell Park studio is beautiful. What were your main goals in designing it?
When designing the space, our intent was to keep the sight lines open and ensure that space had a logic and flow. We wanted visitors to our space to have the chance to walk right through the middle of our production space on their way back to our showroom, and experience the process along with the finished product.
Our culture is one of community, ambition, and curiosity. We all sit down and eat lunch together three days a week, taking turns to cook and clean the dishes. Once a week, we have an all staff meeting where we all have the chance to share what’s inspiring us of late – anything from art and architecture to niche manufacturing videos.
You’re originally from D.C. and have lived in Maine, Rhode Island, and Brooklyn among a few places. Why Los Angeles now, and why base the company here?
I came to LA nine years ago to skip winter and fell in love with the city and it’s endless optimism. What I discovered in LA was a large and robust manufacturing sector where you can get just about anything you dream of built. That fact, and the 300 days of sunshine, make LA feel like home.
What have been some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced in starting and scaling your business? Biggest successes?
What’s next for the studio?