Name: Crafting Community, a family branding company, and Karen Kimmel Inc, art, design, and creative consulting
Location: Atwater Village; Los Angeles, California
Size: 2,400 square feet
Years in business: Crafting Community - 5 years, Karen Kimmel Inc. - 7 years
The women of Crafting Community and Karen Kimmel Inc. moved into the new lofts in Atwater Village, on a street with other creatives — including the recently profiled ACME Real Estate. The office is a powerhouse of creative women who all love to laugh and work together.
The Crafting Community team works together towards a common goal, but everyone has their own perspective on design, as you can see from the varied inspiration boards at each person's desk. Crafting Community is like the best version of your childhood arts and crafts camp, except everyone brings home a paycheck — what a dream job. Can't wait to check out their upcoming event at the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs this October 4-6th!
Apartment Therapy Survey:
Our Style: We’re just excited by the process of making and engaging in the greater design community – we’re not so invested in any one label. Rather, our tastes are somewhat diverse because in our line of work we are always looking for new pieces, materials, and techniques that can appeal to the varied sensibilities of our clients, while staying true to our admittedly picky design standards. We are interested in bringing dynamic juxtapositions and unexpected color combinations into spaces. Handmade and machine-made, vintage and contemporary, ornate and minimal — it’s a design combo platter!
Inspiration: To no longer have to take our conference calls in our cars!
Favorite Element: One of our favorite elements about our space is that we showcase the work of so many of the artists we love to collaborate with. Personally, my favorite aspect about the space is that it is home to the kitchen table I grew up with. My mom is no longer with us, so having it in the studio reminds me of her every day. What we had to do to get the table here from New York… well, that is another story entirely.
Biggest Challenge: Making a designed environment that considers all the various needs of each employee, yet still reads as a unified space.
What Friends Say: You are one of the first friends we have invited over, how are we doing?
Biggest Embarrassment: Being an all-woman office, we had to take the overall bachelor-pad feel of the space head on. We are still dueling it out with the metal railings on the stairway, but we are making some headway.
Proudest DIY: Installing our own sunshades on the roof.
Biggest Indulgence: Planting a tree in our front courtyard to remind us that we are a growing business, and treating the roof deck as an extension of our workspace.
Best Advice: Keep it simple (this is turning out to be a lifelong lesson).
Dream Sources: Our team’s imagination — we always have a running queue of fantastic products and art projects to make — and we will make them. As soon as we answer all these emails.
Resources of Note:
- Wood desks and cabinets are custom designed by Studio Alvarez and built by Christian Munoz
- Dining table is vintage
- Blu Dot X Strut Tables
- Herman Miller Sayl chairs - Jules Seltzer
- Eames Bucket chairs - Herman Miller
- Marais chairs and bar stools - DWR
- Macrame Loungers by Pacific Wonderland for Kneeland Co.
- Vintage outdoor table and chairs - Grain LA
- Chair and side table in entryway - Yeah Rentals
- Picnic table - Outdoor Rustics
- Filing cabinets - CB2
- Pouf in entryway - Karen Kimmel with Creative Growth
- Light green small table/stool - Waka Waka
- God's Eye Stool - Pacific Wonderland
- Eames Shell Rocker - Karen's own
- Alcopoco chairs and stumps on roof deck - Karen's own
- Wood side table on roof deck - Aaron Johnson of Vintage Homegrown and Paul Dove
- Dining table and chairs on roof deck - Grain
- Wire chairs and huge cushion on roof deck - Yeah Rentals
- Black wire side table - A+R
- Green and white chairs on roof deck - Grain
- All other chairs, rugs, and tables on roof deck - Yeah Rentals
- Daybed on roof deck - Karen's own
- Daybed cushion - Garde Shop
- Poppin desk accessories
- Hay Kaleido trays - A+R
- Heath Ceramics (various)
- Heller - vintage
- Vincent van Duysen Canisters - Garde Shop
- Gainey planters - Gainey Ceramics
- Maureen Clay Rocks - Creative Growth
- Futsal Ball - A+R
- Pottok towels - Pottok
- Wood geometric piece with colored pencils - Jen Johnson of Vintage Homegrown for Crafting Community
- Containers on shelves - Container Store
- Elyse Graham - Geode
- Dream catcher - Karen Kimmel
- Blue ceramic jar and sculpture - Morgan Peck
- Glass seed sculptures - Rostarr
- Paper mache dotte sculptures - Maureen Clay
- Tan and white glaze ceramics - Peterson Pottery
- Trivets - Karen Kimmel on "dining table"
- Bookend in Karen's office - Waka Waka
- Vase on Karen's desk - Peterson Pottery
- Large vase on shelf in Karen's office - Adam Silverman
- White ceramic sculpture - Morgan Peck
- Wood planter on roof deck - Jen Johnson
- Pink pillows on roof deck - Garde Shop
- Gainey pots - Rose Bowl Flea Market
- Star Spangled Saptula - A+R
- Original warehouse pendant 24" in buttery yellow - Barn Light Electric
- E27 pendant lights in white - DWR
RUGS & CARPETS
- Embroidered wall hanging in staircase - Karen Kimmel
- Artwork in double office - Karen Kimmel
- OK Artwork - Tauba Auerbach
- Cluster artwork - Karen Kimmel
- Wood frame artwork - Simone Shubuck
- B&W framed figure in "dining room" - Geoff McFetridge
- Simone Shubuck
- Sister Corita
- Pink Diptych painting - Thomas Campbell
- Painting in entry staircase - Ruth Root
- Ted Muehling
- Heather Levine
- Plants, trees, and landscaping - Green Tree LA
- Flower arrangements - Moon Canyon
- Fig tree in "dining room" - Sunset Nursery
- Sun shade - Costco
- Macrame rope for sun shades - Jen Johnson
- Sink skirt - Jen Johnson
- Enudden towel rack - Ikea
Thanks, Karen, Stacy, Tait + team!
(Images: Marcia Prentice)
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