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Who’s Building LA: Local Partners Help Bring Creative Workspace Concepts to Life

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Noosha Hodges
June 30, 2020
The Los Angeles region offers a wealth of resources for a company like Studio Other Interiors to tap into for its highly creative commercial workspaces. The Studio Other division leverages this environment for world class local sources that can meet its exacting standards and innovative approach.

Studio Other has always focused on local procurement for everything from glass and metal to plastics and upholstery used in the custom solutions it creates for clients. Among the advantages of that approach are control, turnaround and long-term relationships. 

“We like co-creating and working closely through details and ideas with our vendors,” noted Charlotte Wiederholt, Creative Director for Studio Other. “As industrial designers, we know a lot about design, but we don’t always know everything about the manufacturing process.”One of Studio Other’s key suppliers is Valentine Woodworks in Fullerton, a manufacturer of high-pressure and thermal fused laminates, rigid thermofoil and veneer components. The company has been a Studio Other partner for more than 15 years. With roots in aerospace interiors, they understand how to design and produce cost effectively and on schedule.“Working with Studio Other is awesome, because it’s not the same thing over and over. Everything they do is reinventing the wheel,” said Tony Lenzini, President of Valentine. “When we tackle a new design, we work together to figure out how to make it, what materials will work, and how to manufacture it economically.” 

A Studio Other project typically starts by meeting with an architect or designer for input on the requirements, including budget. From that input, initial concept renderings are generated for review. At the same time, the Studio Other design and engineering team refines the methods for production, including identification of best-in-class suppliers.“A lot of people can draw anything to look great on a computer,” said Wiederholt. “But the problem is that you can’t actually make everything. We are sure that what we’re showing our clients we can in fact build and build well enough to live up to our 10-year warranty.”

According to Lenzini, “We go through the requirements without preconceived limitations and figure out what we can do well. But we’ll also come back to value-engineer the assignment with Studio Other. We save a lot of time by doing that.”

Once the client signs off, the next step is detailed shop drawings in SolidWorks, CAD drawings and physical samples. The assemblies are broken down into individual parts, as many as 500 to 700 for some projects. From a set of drawings and electronic files, suppliers like Valentine can then begin programming their machinery for production.

“Typical practice is to hand your requirement over to a vendor who is going work with their sources and try to hit the mark,” said Wiederholt. “But there’s a major risk of information getting lost in translation, for misunderstandings or missed expectations. Being on the same team makes a huge difference in the outcome.”

Working with Studio Other, clients have the opportunity to visit the local suppliers to see where and how their items are being produced. The result is a strong level of confidence and peace of mind that they are in good hands.“The connection to things actually being made is something in general Americans are a bit removed from. There’s a fascination around ‘wow, you’re making this for me and I get to see it and meet the people who are actually building it for me. Our clients always love the experience of going to the factory,’” remarked Wiederholt.Once a project is complete, a treat for a supplier like Valentine is an opportunity to see the overall finished product for which their work may have been one of 10 different components in addition to glass, metalwork, fabrics and so forth.

“There’s definitely a drive here to do something creative. People are always trying to push the boundaries in Los Angeles,” Wiederholt concluded. “What people are doing in L.A. is really fascinating. We love to drive around in the alleys of the city. What can we see and find? What are people building? You can find it in the Valley. You can find it in Fullerton. You can find it downtown and in the arts district. You don’t see that diversity anywhere else, at least not at the scale of right here in Los Angeles.”Originally Printed in Who’s Building LA and Posted on

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