Industrial Design and Fabrication, Alhambra, CA
100xbtr is a Los Angeles–based studio self-producing a small line of furniture, lighting, and home goods. The studio’s work aims to balance structure and form with an economy of production, exploring ways to create beautiful and profound objects which can be manufactured in an efficient manner.
Q: So tell us about your shop, how did you end up there and build up such an amazing selection of tools?
A: I had a fine arts background and my sculptural work began to heavily reference architecture and design – after a few art shows I decided to switch paths and focus entirely on designing furniture. I set up a small woodshop and started making custom commissions, mostly for industry people here in LA. Over the years the jobs got bigger and we moved to a much larger facility about 7 or 8 years ago. Since then we have built it up slowly and usually put most of the profit from our custom jobs back in to the business.
Q: Your products are very much a marriage of making using both the hand and the computer. Do you have a preference between the two or do you feel like both inform the other?
A: Initially, my idea to merge newer digital technologies with the older handmade techniques developed out of necessity. I wanted to do large-scale production that retained a warmth and soul. Over the years, the two have become so linked in my process of designing objects that I’m not sure if I can even separate them... one can’t exist without the other.
Q: Seems like you experiment with quite a few different materials. Are there any new materials you've been playing around with that you're really excited about?
A: It’s not so much about new materials for me, I’m more interested in trying to use materials in new ways.. like corian for lighting or paperstone as a coaster. I am definitely a material nerd. I love them all - wood, corian, paperstone, cork, leather, etc. Over the last year or so I’ve also been working with several local LA artisans and craft people to develop new pieces - glass blowing, bronze casting, and ceramics.
"Initially, my idea to merge newer digital technologies with the older handmade techniques developed out of necessity. I wanted to do large-scale production that retained a warmth and soul."
Q: Not every couple can work together let alone work in the same space. How do you and Annabel manage to do it with what seems like relative ease?
A: I’m not really sure how we make it all work... It’s definitely controlled chaos most of the time, but I think Annabel and I have a deep respect for each other which helps smooth everything out. We also have a great team who I am thankful for everyday.
Q: What are your plans for 100xbtr over the next year and what are you most excited about?
A: Mostly just growing the business in a more pointed direction, refining our wholesale products and expanding our furniture offerings. We will probably do all the shows in New York again and are working on some hotel projects at the moment which are very interesting - both in design and scale.