Los Angeles, California
I have been following Brandon Morrison and his work for a while. He was showcasing his products in his home previously so I am so excited to see that he has officially opened his first retail store. He designs and constructs some of the most beautiful light fixtures and furniture pieces with an obsessive eye for detail and quality workmanship. He stands behind his products 100% and loves nothing more than to see someone just as passionate about any one of his products.
I chatted with Brandon for quite a while about the inspiration behind his store and designs.
APARTMENT THERAPY: What is the inspiration behind the store?
BRANDON MORRISON: I have been wanting to have my own space in which to create my own energy for a long while. I knew I wasn't ready until now and the showroom that represented me in San Francisco let me go due to taking on a European brand that dictated a lot of floor space despite having great sales with me. That allowed me to have a fleeting thought about opening my own store and then I looked online and found my store. I have always relied on my instincts and have been honest with myself from the beginning about what I am capable of and that has served me very well. It's kept me out of trouble and allowed me to be in a great position every time an opportunity has arisen.
APARTMENT THERAPY: What inspires you when you design your product line?
BRANDON MORRISON: My work comes from everywhere. From a gazelle jumping on TV (Los Galos No.1 chair), to the grill of a car (Kalifornia Rocker) to power line towers (Manhattan Series No.1) that I saw on the way to San Francisco. A lot of pieces end up being derivatives of other pieces and lighting pieces can be almost anything. I didn't come from a design background of any type and I never think with restraints other than visual balance and my ability to make something with high quality. I won't make a cool idea if I can't do it as well as my other pieces.
I can't wait to attend Brandon's first 2nd Thursday's at WhyrHymer event tonight at 7:00PM. He is raffling off one of my favorite WhyrHymer light fixtures, the Glass Series No.4 lamp and debuting a short film which shows the making of the Atomic Series chair (from beginning to end). If you want to attend the event tonight, don't forget to RSVP on the WhyrHymer website.
Images: Juan Enriquez