We’re located in the Glassell Park neighborhood of Los Angeles.
THE MAKING OF MIRROR, MIRROR
Production and prototyping took place in our Studio shop. Physical prototyping is an important part of our approach, and allows the inherent properties of each material to inform the finished product. Watch as Hannah connects the dots between the machines - from the drill press to the jump shear - to create our mirror, which relies on every part to create a coherent, balanced whole.
Come behind the scenes to see the many skillful hands that help us create our Grain Drums, and peek into the magic of metal spinning.
Brendan Ravenhill Studio is seeking an energetic and organized individual to fill our Production Manager position. The Production Manager is responsible for leading their team in assembling the Studio’s lighting designs, implementing best practices and standards, and working with the Operations Director to ensure cohesion between all teams within the Operations Department. An eye for detail and a deep understanding of craft is critical in this role to ensure high quality standards and efficient production methods. The Production Manager is also responsible for working collaboratively with our Communications Department to understand current orders, our Pre-Production team to ensure we have the parts on-hand, and our Post-Production team to assist with pack-out and shipping.
We're excited to share our newest fixture, the Beam Pendant, our take on the classic typology of shop lamps. With the advent of new technology, fluorescent tubes have been replaced by thin strips of high efficiency LEDs. Using those arrays as our jumping off point, we explored linear manufacturing processes to arrive at our material palette of plywood, extruded aluminum and rolled acrylic. We join and shape these materials into a fixture with angled sides and rounded ends that imply movement and directionality, not simply an elongated rectangle, but a bold graphic line floating in space.
Available in 46” and 84” lengths and two finish options, Beam is equally at home in a dining room or a conference suite, and answers the need for a linear fixture that inspires. Learn more and pre-order here.
During the summer, the structure opens to face the pond. With a large open face and a retractable roof, the structure has the ability to open itself up the pleasant island atmosphere. To avoid pest problems, an optional zipper-up screen can be put in place.
During the winter, the roof is closed and a flat packed plywood skin is taken from under the foundation platform and “wrapped” around the walls of the tea house to protect the interior from the extreme Northern climate. A large reclaimed barn window illuminates the tea house from the back side. The beautiful pane was actually found on sight and incoporated into the design on the fly.
During childhood years in Cote d’Ivoire and summers in coastal Maine, Brendan fell in love with the functional beauty of working tools and wooden boats. His father curated a show called the Art of the Personal Object at the Smithsonian when he was a kid. Brendan received a Sculpture degree from Oberlin College in 2001 and a Masters in Industrial Design from RISD in 2009. He loves taking tours of factories and the smell of cedar shavings.
The mirrors are being put to the test in Warby Parker’s New York and Los Angeles stores through November 11th, and will be auctioned off to support Free Arts, which offers free arts education to underserved kids and teens in both cities. Visit our mirror in person or bid on it via Paddle8.
BST x BRS
During the early days of quarantine we collaborated with dear friends Block Shop Textiles to cover our lamps in their gorgeous fabric.
Meet the Echo Lamp, a piece we created in partnership with Maison Integre for Wallpaper* Handmade. Our response to this year's theme of Love, two cast bronze shells relate to each other to create this lamp; one a light source and the other a reflector, which can move and dance around each other. Each cast shell by itself does a poor job of illumination: alone the reflector would sit dark, while the light source alone would cast a harsh direct light.
Together, the two pieces engage in a beautiful formation that emanates light. Echo is metaphor for our human relationships and how love is best understood when projected and reflected upon others. Get in touch with Maison Integre to snag one for yourself.
Phoebe grew up with her three sisters on a farm in New Jersey, which instilled in her a deep appreciation for nature, open spaces and horses. She's passionate about the intersection of business and design and earned her MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth in 2018. She loves a good road trip through the American West.
Darcy’s fondest memories growing up in the Midwest involve trips to flea markets and antique shops. She believes the history behind objects and materials is intrinsic to the language of design. After receiving a BS in Interior Design from OSU, she connected with friends in LA where she discovered the importance culture has on creativity. When she’s not working, you’ll find her shopping for plants or diving into a new DIY home project.
Having spent her earlier career and education firmly entrenched in the international finance world, a move from New York to San Francisco prompted Ginny to explore more creative industries. After lengthy stints in San Diego and New Zealand, Ginny has returned to LA where she is embracing being a left brainer in the land of right brainers. When she's not in the studio, you can find her learning a new craft, planning the next adventure or trying to wear her dog out.
Daniele began his design career at the ripe old age of five, building wooden cities out of scraps in his uncle’s woodshop in Israel. His love of making brought him to the University of Oregon’s Architecture program where he ran the model shop, spending his free time tinkering with laser cutters and CNC routers. Before joining BRS Daniele worked in Southeast Asia as an architect and sustainability strategist developing ecologically sensitive design solutions for buildings, objects and communities. When he’s not working you can find Daniele doing jiujitsu or taking naps, usually in that order.
Originally from Atlanta, Samantha grew up in a 100+ year old house that sparked her love of interiors and classic pieces. She studied Education and was a teacher for several years before moving to LA to work in Product Development. When she's not working, you can find her walking her Golden Retriever, Emmett; rewatching The Office; or searching for the perfect pair of jeans.
BST x BRS
As part of this collaboration, we are donating 20% of proceeds from these fixtures to Summa Everythang, a community organization providing free organic produce boxes in Watts and South Central Los Angeles.
Hailing from Wisconsin, Jordy's love of visuals started at a young age as he spent hours and hours poring over his grandfather's photography and making short films with the family camcorder. He studied business in Arkansas and spent several years in Chicago before heading west to LA. When he's not at the studio you'll find him on a hike, adopting stray house plants and photographing flowers.
Marissa grew up in Tijuana, Mexico. As a kid, she would flip through weekly ads for US-based department stores and fantasize about owning all of the products and gadgets that were being advertised. This led to a fascination with consumer products, both new and old. She studied Design at CSU Long Beach, where she focused her studies on designing toys that entertain and appeal to people of all ages. When she's not working, she's learning about Los Angeles history and architecture or visiting local stationery stores in search of the perfect pen.
Born and raised in the San Fernando Valley of L.A., Hannah grew up collecting samples of pond scum from puddles around her neighborhood and examining them under the lense of her microscope. Her interest in understanding the smallest building blocks of life lead to a fascination with objects and how they are engineered. Hannah received a BFA from Otis College of Art and Design. In her free time, Hannah enjoys hunting for the perfect leather jacket, a good coffee, and moment alone with her sketchbook.
Born in coastal Massachusetts, Liam spent most of his early life in the kitchens and wood shops of southern New England. After attending design school in Providence, Rhode Island, he meandered west eventually settling in Los Angeles. You can catch him dodging traffic on his bike and building furniture for his friends.
Rhys is a North Bay native, growing up among redwoods and rolling hills. After studying oil painting at Skidmore College, they moved to Brooklyn where they worked in fabrication and art handling for five years. When they're not at the studio, you can find Rhys laying in the sun, driving out to the coast, or at the hardware store, planning their next home improvement project.
Reared outside of Napa, then schooled at UW-Madison, it became undoubtedly clear that a metropolitan life was beckoning. Ultimately, LA TKO'd NY - better weather always wins out. Our City of Angels offers remarkable culture, design, music, SPACE, style, and endless opportunity for enrichment. Alfie spends copious amounts of his time exploring those facets with a Milk Tea + Boba drink in hand.
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