A Creative Collective In Atwater Village

published Apr 4, 2012
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Names: Bri Emery of Design Love Fest, Brian Morrow + Jonathan Lynch of Sharkpig, Steve Pappin of Son Of A Shark Pig, Max Wanger of Max Wanger Photo, Michael Antonia of The Flashdance & Yeah! Rentals and Emma Robertson of EmmaDime
Location: Atwater Village — Los Angeles, CA
Workspace Type: Loft Studio
Years worked in: 1 year

When you gather up seven awesome creatives to share an office space, you will surely have a colorful, eclectic, fun atmosphere. Bri Emery is best known for her highly popular design blog DesignLoveFest and her art direction with Rue Magazine. A few weeks ago, she had me over to meet her office mates and to see how they’ve collaborated in this amazing office.

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Friends, colleagues and collaborators Bri, Brian, Jonathan, Emma, Steve, Max and Michael have been in their space for a year. Together they have built book shelves and storage options, designed custom artwork, and developed a unique place to call their own. Their nod to Mid Century Modern mixed with warm industrial touches gives a playground feel to their vaulted ceilings and open lofted office.

With a photographer, a couple graphic designers, a dj, and a few videographers in the mix, you’re sure to have plenty of options when searching for event and design services, and their office is a working display of how skillfully they all mesh together. I love that they have created several variations of seating areas, including a “conference” table. They were not afraid to unite bright colors and mixed patterns in the overall loft, but each also designed their own work areas with highly personal touches and nostalgia.

A design love fest, indeed!

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Apartment Therapy Survey:

Our style: Mid century modern meets the desert.

The inspiration for our office space: We wanted the space to feel fun, inspirational, productive, and ultimately collective.

Favorite element in your space: 1953 AMI 45RPM jukebox

Biggest challenge in designing my space: Lack of time!

What friends say about my space: When can I move in?

Area where there is room for improvement/future projects: The upstairs loft!

Proudest DIY (do it yourself) project: The wooden pipe bookshelf.

Biggest indulgence with respect to my space: The custom wall murals.

Best advice about organizing or incorporating tech into the home: Hide the cords as much as possible.

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    •1953 AMI 45RPM jukebox
    • All Mac computers


    • We don’t really have any. Well, we have a mini fridge with tecate in it.


    • CB2 desks
    • We built the white community sawhorse table.
    • couches & chairs — YEAH rentals
    • Lockers — OGT Store


    • Local Flea Markets
    • Inspiration boards from CB2
    • Glass bottles from flea markets
    • Moroccan poufs from YEAH rentals


    • Tape art and crystal installations were made by Bramble Workshop, Max Wanger photos hung on the wall.


    • We spray painted our pendant lights from home depot a teal color! We also hung bistro lights under the loft that make that area less dark & awesome for late nights in the office.


    • White vintage lockers that we all use as storage. Wooden Credenza from craigslist.

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Thanks, Bri, Max, Emma, Michael, Brian, Jonathan and Steve!

(Images: Bethany Nauert)

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