Los Angeles | October

say hi to_ Leah Ring

We are very excited to announce the launch of our brand new exclusive series 'Design Ambassadors' where we find and carefully choose design leaders, influencers and experts around the globe to curate their monthly list of links, exhibitions and events, special projects and who-to-watch in their local design scenes, as Design Ambassadors representing their city. For our inaugural post we are very proud to introduce you to Los Angeles' Design Ambassador, Leah Ring.

Having worked in design in various cities across the US including New York and San Francisco, Leah landed in Los Angeles a few years ago and is so enthralled with the design community there that she has no intention of leaving. She works at Reath Design as an interior designer and in her free time can be found creating art, sculptures and jewelry in her Atwater Village studio. Leah loves organizing field trips to visit Los Angeles' architectural gems just about as much as she loves breakfast burritos. 

Find Leah's design curation roundup for the month of October below!

 

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Leah Ring

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Los Angeles

date
October 12, 2016

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Adi Goodrich

You can’t really help but feel joy when faced with the bright and imaginative work of LA based set designer and art director Adi Goodrich. Whether it’s a set designed for Target or one that serves as a backdrop for an indie music video, Goodrich’s colorful, graphic approach is often surprising and always a visual treat. Studio Sing Sing is another one of her creative ventures in which Goodrich partners with Sean Pecknold on projects ranging from photography to film to spacial design - all keeping within the bold and colorful aesthetic that has become Goodrich’s trademark style.

 

Atelier de Troupe

Launched in 2011 by Gabriel Abraham and Ji Shin, Atelier de Troupe is a Los Angeles studio that creates furniture and lighting that is both modern and timeless. Their fixtures can be found in such chic locations as the Ace Hotel in Downtown LA and the Hôtel du Ministère in Paris. The Atelier de Troupe showroom and studio in West Adams is arranged with carefully crafted vignettes in which their black and brass light fixtures pair with abstract art and streamlined furniture pieces to evoke a feeling of effortless elegance that will never go out of style.

 

Brian Thoreen

Los Angeles designer Brian Thoreen creates furniture and design objects that truly celebrate the materials with which their crafted. His experience working in the art world with James Turrell and James Corcoran Gallery is evidenced in the way he merges art and design in his beautifully sculptural furniture pieces. Thoreen’s collection features mixed marbles that play off of one another gracefully, brass that moves in unexpected ways and rubber that has perhaps never looked so luxurious.

 

George Byrne

I first saw photographer George Byrne’s work in person last summer at the opening of his Local Division LA show and I was struck by how Byrne is able to capture a seemingly banal scene - a 99 cent store awning, an angular railing, a colorful trash can - and make it so incredibly beautiful through his lense. Byrne, originally from Australia, lives in Los Angeles and uses his instagram account as an extension of his photography practice. His unique ability to make striking the most ordinary moments he captures across the sprawling Los Angeles cityscape has actually made me appreciate my own city in a new way, looking for beauty in the everyday moments

 

Only Love is Real

Only Love is Real is the collaborative project of husband and wife duo Carly Jo and Matthew Morgan, who create striking geometric furniture that conveys a senses of mysticism in its form. The pair live in the storied Topanga Canyon just outside of Los Angeles, and while their work draws from an array of influences, the influence of 60’s hippie culture can definitely be felt in the ethos of their furniture. Truly a unique collection with it’s towering resin pieces and hand crafted geometric wood forms, Only Love is Real is challenging the way an inanimate object (in this case, a piece of furniture) can make us feel.

 

Joogii

Last year at the Wanted Design show in Manhattan I was stopped in my tracks by an iridescent chair unliked anything I had ever seen. The unique angles of the French Touch chair by LA based design duo Joogii ensure that the light interacts with the dichroic film in which the chair is covered in a such a way that is dazzling and, for me, quite mesmerizing. The fact that the chair was inspired by 90’s french house music was just the icing on the cake. This year Joogii expanded the French Touch collection to include more furniture pieces, objects and jewelry that are as delightful in form and playful in color as the original piece which launched the collection.

 

Eric Roinestad

ER Studio is the project of LA based designer, art director and ceramicist Eric Roinestad, who launched the studio as a more hands-on creative outlet to counter his graphic design work. Born and raised in California, the influence of Southern California nature is evidenced in his ceramic vessels, objects and lighting which often hint, either directly or indirectly, at the succulents that prevail in the surrounding landscape. Roinestad’s bold sculptural vessels look at once modern and ancient, each one handcrafted as if to tell a story within its captivating juxtaposition of form.

 

Chateau le Sploosh
(Happy Hour Agency, Ben Sanders)

Chateau le Sploosh is the latest pop-up conceptual bar that is the brainchild of visual artist Ben Sanders and his creative agency Happy Hour Agency. The team aims to create sensory experiences that intertwine art, design, booze and food in a unique way by hosting themed cocktail pop-ups every few months in LA’s Highland Park neighborhood. At Chateau le Sploosh, patrons could order cocktails called the Lavender Lagoon or the Catamaran, pairing that with oysters on the half or deviled eggs resting on maple bacon “sand.” While Chateau le Sploosh has run its course, be sure to keep an eye out for Happy Hour Agency’s next pop-up as it surely will not disappoint.

 

Dream Collective

Dream Collective is a jewelry line by Kathryn Bentley, and also the name of her store in Silverlake which features an expertly curated collection of apparel and home goods alongside jewelry of her own design. While Bentley started designing fine jewelry and still has an absolutely gorgeous collection of fine jewelry under the Dream Collective umbrella, I find myself drawn to her more everyday pieces - the metal and enamel jewelry and barrettes inspired by the shapes and colors of Memphis design. The Dream Collective store is nestled in a stretch of Silverlake featuring some other LA favorites, including Clare Vivier and Alfred Coffee, and is definitely worth a visit.

 
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