Modern Lighting Design & Friendly Cali Vibes: Brendan Ravenhill Studio
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Name: Brendan Ravenhill Studio
Location: Frogtown — Los Angeles, California
Years lived in: 1.5 years; Rented
A large Quonset hut on a lot adjacent to the Los Angeles River is the home of the incredible Brendan Ravenhill Studio. Brendan and his team build incredible lighting fixtures, furniture, and home accessories that are quickly gaining accolades all over the place. The team of about 10 builds everything right on-location and even photographs it in their homemade photo studio.
Brendan’s objective in designing this studio was to create a community space that allows functionality while bringing everyone together.”The people make the space, and as a result it’s the large tables we work around,” he says, referring to the house-made table—the most significant element in their studio. When he designed the workspace, he felt that the most essential part was an inviting and functional kitchen and dining table. “We eat every lunch together and our culture is built over that shared meal.”
Over the last few years, I have photographed several projects in Los Angeles, and I seem to find Brendan’s lighting fixtures in almost all of them. Whether it’s one of his iconic pivot lamps or just a simple wall sconce, his pieces are well-loved and admired all over our city (and beyond). Meanwhile, the city of LA itself lends its influence to his studio: “Sunshine and avocados. There is something inherently optimistic about LA and I am greatly inspired by the Mid-century designers who tried to create a city and culture here that met their utopian ideals: indoor/outdoor living, natural light-filled spaces, simple use of materials, lack of embellishment. I like to imagine that some of that hope, wonder, and curiosity carry over into our work as well.”
Apartment Therapy Survey:
Our Style: Small Atelier
Inspiration: Workshops of Carl Aubock
Favorite Element: Honoring the manufacturing process
Biggest Challenge: Working in a uninsulated WWII-era metal shed, even in mild LA
What Friends Say: “How’d you find this place?” (Answer: Craigslist)
Biggest Embarrassment: Our inability to keep our indoor and outdoor plants alive
Proudest DIY: The height-adjustable rigging grid for lamp assembly that we made out of repurposed garage bike storage systems.
Biggest Indulgence: On-demand seltzer water dispenser
Best Advice: Change what doesn’t work.
Dream Sources: Atelier Jean Prouvé, Eames Office, Piet Hein Eek Studio
- Metal pendants: Grain Pendants by Brendan Ravenhill Studio
- Hand-painted sign: Marjory Garrison
- Table with benches: built by us
- White and wood chandelier: Hood Chandelier by Brendan Ravenhill Studio
- White and wood pendant: Hood Pendant by Brendan Ravenhill Studio
- Shovel cutting boards: built by us
- Cabinets: IKEA
- Dustbins: Brendan Ravenhill Studio for West Elm
- Serving tray: Wolfum
- Studio mugs: Helen Levy
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