We are passionate about design and passionate about making. It’s a continuum, from sketchbook to life drawing to the RaD Room. It’s all under the aegis of architecture and practice. Making is a primal pleasure. If you provide the techniques, everybody gets giddy making something. It’s being stimulated by the stuff you create, the pleasure of making it, and the ability to share. Everybody can get fortified in different ways. Our Artist in Residence program is a testament to this CULTURE OF CREATIVITY.
We have completed design work on the Keck Institute for Space Studies at Caltech where the agenda is to create a sanctum for creative, revolutionary scientific dialogue and dreaming about the future of interplanetary travel. Its mission is to bring world class scientists from decidedly diverse, even clashing, disciplines together. They understand the creative process and its centrality to great science. We do too.
For LA, the arts and sciences are profoundly inseparable. We are expert and preoccupied with notions of how we learn and how we train ourselves in meta-cognition, that is, how to access the left and right side of our brains as needed to be great learners and doers.
A carry-on for both transport and repose, the pieces of LA Valise can be unpacked into a variety of practical objects - a table, a chair, an object to hold, an object to look at, to linger on.
The two outer shells nest together to reveal and protect a soft felt inner core. The metal is carved, cut, etched, bent and stamped with its place of origin, LA. It is by LA, for seeing the world. LA Valise is layered with transparency and contrast, a contrast of materials, textures, and uses.