This uniquely designed dresser consists of 12 baskets made of steel with handles and canvas$2,600.00 learn more
Large vintage casters define the unique look of our clothing racks. They are inspired by$750.00 learn more
Inspired by the lines of old cast iron furniture, the WMDG set out to recreate$3,600.00 learn more
The Glass Spring Light is made from 15 feet of glass rod. Wiggles when you$550.00 learn more
Based off of light weight construction beam supports and with a line of circles cut$3,600.00 learn more
Based off of light weight construction beam supports for framing concrete structure, the Structural Beam$525.00 learn more
The I-Beam bench is a clean, multifunctional solution to many seating challenges. It is built$725.00 learn more
Using inspiration from traditional wood tripod seating, the design crew at Westin Mitchell Design Group$300.00 learn more
Handblown and designed by Uri (Neptune Glass) for WMDG $200 for a set of$200.00 learn more
One of the perks of contributing to this blog is getting to know the dynamic and talented team members behind Westin Mitchell Design Group. The men and women who comprise this company have such fun and engaging personalities that I thought it would be selfish not to share the laughs with all of you. In this new series of on-camera interviews, I hope to capture what makes each of these people so special. I’m delighted to begin with Preston.
Click to watch video Here
Extra special thanks to Barret Kearney, and to Preston for having the guts to go first.
Stayed tuned for hilarious bonus footage to be posted later this week!
Limited resources, a tight budget, and a ‘client list’ that includes parents and roommates often mark the beginning of an artist’s career. Such humble origins incentivize even the most creative and free-spirited artists to act on their entrepreneurial instincts, and in short, get their careers together.
Westin Mitchell Design Group was no exception to the rule that you have to start with rags to get to riches. Operating out of a two-car garage in Hollywood for ten months, the three-man team collaborated in tight quarters, making do with a lack of equipment and a total loss of personal space.
As with every success story, “from rags” gave way to “above poverty line” – we’re not quite at “to riches” yet. Tireless work and increasing exposure led to capital gain, and with that, the opportunity to grow and expand. It was time to kiss the garage goodbye.
Trading in exhaust fumes for drug dealers and prostitution rings, the team decided on Downtown Los Angeles as the promising location of their new office.
In the words of the LA Times, to describe Downtown in the 1990’s as “sketchy” would be “charitable.” See article here. But all of this is starting to change as the decidedly ‘edgy’ (hipster slang for dangerous yet cool) Arts District undergoes gentrification.
The Arts District is a neighborhood along the Los Angeles River east of the Civic Center. Primarily comprised of brick and concrete industrial buildings and abandoned warehouses, the district has traditionally been occupied by artists and quirky ‘ma and pa’ shop owners who were willing to put up with the rampant illegal activities surrounding them at the cost of low rent and a cool, counter-culture vibe.
Using once-sketchy turned fabulously hip Venice Beach as the example to follow, white collar capitalists are targeting the Arts District as LA’s next hot spot. Comparisons are even being drawn to New York’s Meatpacking District, which was equally rough until an influx of prosperity converted the neighborhood into a hipster paradise. The remarkable transformation of off-the-grid Meatpacking provides a clear blueprint for the Arts District: Diane von Furstenburg here, Gansevoort there. Seeing great potential in the expansive buildings and their lofty interiors, developers plan to open several trendy boutiques, hotels, and offices. Church and State, the Industrial Street bistro that served as the guinea pig for restaurants in the area, has proven to be a longstanding success, which garners greater investor confidence. Even Nike has staked a claim in the movement, opening a combination work/play space that includes an indoor skate park.
Ever ahead of the curve, Westin Mitchell Design Group struck gold with their new office location, situated on Kohler Street on the border of the Arts and Industrial districts. The “muscular, complicated, and interesting” Arts District will be a haven for creative types and innovative firms, making it the perfect home for WMDG.
Renovations have already begun on the 7,000 sq ft warehouse, set to open by the end of March. The design will fulfill both work and social functions, as it will include a manufacturing area, office space, and a bar. Most recently, the team completed a wall façade made out of reclaimed barn wood, and finished construction on one of two bathrooms.
The swift and smart, if not surprising, move to Downtown can only mean endless possibilities for the WMDG team. And now that they’ve established themselves on the urban frontier, I wouldn’t be surprised if the Meatpacking District was next.