A Creative Studio in Atwater Village

A Creative Studio in Atwater Village

Marcia Prentice
Jun 28, 2013

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:





  • Bjork Rug by Design House Stockholm - A+R
  • Pappelina rug in kitchen - Garde Shop


  • 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
  • Rostarr
  • Sister Corita
  • Pink Diptych painting - Thomas Campbell
  • Painting in entry staircase - Ruth Root
  • Ted Muehling
  • Heather Levine


Thanks, Karen, Stacy, Tait + team!

(Images: Marcia Prentice)

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