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.
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 With the advent of new technology, fluorescent tubes have been replaced by thin strips of high efficiency LEDs.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.
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.
After studying Philosophy at Temple University, Matt spent his early career building sculptural installations in Philadelphia, working on interiors and custom furniture in New York, and designing lighting in Los Angeles. He is inspired by the prospect that there is a creative solution to any problem. When he's not at work, he spends his free time at work.
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.
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.
Growing up, Shea moved every few years and quickly found the fastest way to feel comfortable in a new city was to create a space that felt like her own at home. With an eye toward the history of a place and a culture, she was drawn to Art History, which she studied along with Italian at the University of Virginia. When not at the studio, you can find her planning trips, moving her furniture around, and walking around the neighborhood with her dog Riri.
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.
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.
Born and raised in New Jersey, Jesse left the east coast after high school to chase a romantic ideal of travel. He eventually found himself in Chicago and studied graphic design at Columbia College of Chicago. After college Jesse and two friends started Manooga Skateboards. It was there he found his passion for building, which would lead him to a job at Uhuru Design in New York where he threw himself into the metal shop learning how to weld and patina metal. If he is not skating around the city, or at the local music venue, Jesse spends most of his weekends lost in nature hiking, fishing, and camping.
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 old and new. 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 stationary stores in search of the perfect pen.
Lana is something between an artist and craftsperson who hails from rural Massachusetts. She studied woodworking and furniture design in Maine College of Art, cultivating a fascination with light as both subject and medium. In her spare time she enjoys being outdoors, playing music, and learning tidbits about anything and everything. She enjoys piña coladas, but not so much getting caught in the rain.
Raised in Brooklyn, New York, Rebecca grew up having a multicultural backyard sprawling with art and eccentric characters. She studied Art History and Sculpture at Hunter College before heading for travels in South America. When returning to New York, she started assisting an array of artists where she contributed in fabrication and discussions of form and theory. Rebecca has since moved to LA where you can find her collaborating with close friends and contemplating a number of theories and philosophies, but, only when there aren’t any waves to be surfed.
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