Yay! DTLAlife.com is a new online magazine focusing on what is cool about living in downtown Los Angeles. Our loft/gallery space was featured along with an article I submitted. Very exciting!
Claudia Endler Designs and Telemachus Studio architects talk about our gallery/studio space here at the Brewery Arts Complex and the power of design.
The article is included here below.
Like many of the spaces in Downtown Los Angeles they have been repurposed for modern life. The Claudia Endler Designs studio/Cero Space gallery at the Brewery Arts Complex occupies part of the 1904 Edison Electric Company No. 3 Plant which originally was the largest of Edison’s steam plants at that time. This brick-and-reinforced concrete building was designed by John Parkinson, who also designed other historical buildings in Los Angeles among them the Los Angeles Athletic Club. The building was later absorbed into the property of the Pabst Blue Ribbon Brewery. The building is now part of the Brewery Arts Complex which was bought and converted into artist studios in the 1980’s.
Telemachus Studio architects designed part of this historical power plant in its earlier renovation as the Brewery Project art gallery. For the second act, Telemachus Studio recently transformed the gallery experience even further incorporating a live-work, studio while still functioning as a gallery for Claudia Endler Designs/Cero Space its current occupants.
Resolving the existing construction issues, Telemachus made the space both viably unique and awe inspiring. “We view our interests as problem solving complex situations, finding the essence within, and organizing inspirational spaces for the people who will use them.” says Carl Smith AIA of Telemachus Studio. Consistent throughout their work is the use of natural light, dramatic yet elusive space, materials that are expressive and consistent with their function. The floating walls and materials that seemingly do not touch purposefully allow light to transfer from one space to another connecting to a larger experience. They integrated the old exposed concrete and brick, existing “I” beams from the past century, in contrast with the new elegant lines with suspended soffit, the effect being nothing short of sculptural.
The Telemachus aesthetic is much in line with the modern jewelry of Claudia Endler Designs, the boutique jewelry design studio specializing in architectural commitment and custom jewelry, making it a powerfully harmonious marriage by design. “I am fascinated by contrasting elements, round with linear, old with new, male and female, raw with finished. Elegance is in balance of proportion, eliminating the nonessential and timelessness. We are both committed to creating a memorable and powerful experience.” says Claudia Endler whose work is collected by some of Los Angeles’ top cultural leaders.
Sometimes design is so sculptural and powerful it could be considered art. What do you think?
More….see page 28-31 in DTLAlife.com
Telemachus Studio www.telemachus.com
Claudia Endler Designs www.claudiaendler.com
Cero Space www.cerospace.com
Brewery Arts Complex www.breweryartwalk.com