phm studio spaces: ladies and gentlemen

Artist Name: Website/Shop:
City: Seattle, WA

Where in your home/apartment is your studio located?
We currently live in a 1905 apartment located in beautiful Seattle, WA. As far as the L&G studio goes, it's pretty much all over our apartment. I sometime place things on our shelves until the items gets shipped to their new homes. So you can actually see things from the L&G shop pop up in the photos...It's almost like 'Where's Waldo'!....Unfortunately, you won't find Waldo anywhere in our place.


What equipment/tools do you use?
We have our handy dandy Nikon D-40X SLR camera, our laptops....oh yeah, and Dylan's good ol' 80's bio-diesel Mercedes, name Dieter, who takes us to all of our treasure hunts!


Do you have an inspiration board, and can you tell us what is inspiring you now?
Our inspiration board isn't in one particular the L&G stuff, our own stuff is spread out everywhere as well. Wherever there's shelf space, it's filled with something. That was one of the reasons we had to make the grid shelf...more room for treasures. But mainly it works as our inspiration station where we display our findings. Now, we're both inspired by photography, ceramics, cooking, and travel. Currently we're working on some L&G exclusive designs involving ways to re-purpose & re-create found, stay tuned!

How do you create best (e.g. do you listen to music while you create and if so what?)
We tend to get lots of ideas when we're traveling, especially when we're flying or on the road. Partly because we get inspired by new surroundings, but also there's more downtime to think and talk about new things. But if you're talking about getting stuff for L&G, then it's all about luck.....We usually find the best stuff by taking the time to dig through places people look the least, that's where the goodies are!


List (3) of your favorite artists
Pie Hein Eek: We love this Dutch designer's austere yet playful furniture from reclaimed wood.

Gordon Matta Clark: We're suckers for abandon buildings..he took it to the next level by slicing & dicing condemned buildings into works of art.

Nicholas Nyland: A Northwest artist and good friend whose bold uninhibited use of color and decoration makes a feast for the eyes be it installation, painting, or sculpture.


If yours isn't, what would be your perfect studio?
Our perfect studio would have a super tall ceiling (at least 20 ft) with a loft space, lots of windows and sunlight, and also a whole wall of shelves from floor to ceiling where we can put lots of random collected objects and materials. Oh yeah, we can't forget about the ladder to get to the shelves. Ideally, we would have Euro citizenship so we can have the studio in the Netherlands, to some farmer's market...with nice well-dressed Dutch neighbors & their cute kids....and it would be close to at least couple of bars and yummy bakeries.....and we'd be buddies with all the cool Dutch artists and designers like Hella Jongerius and Jurgen Bey....AND they have the most amazing flea markets there! OR we wouldn't mind having the same set up in Japan. Okay, maybe I'm getting a little carried doesn't hurt to dream big, I suppose.

Thanks again for letting me ramble on like that!!
Thank you Jean and Dylan!

Jan Halvarson


Summer (designismine) said...

All I can say is "Wow". This place is absolutely incredible (That bedroom tree!)

Will_Bryant said...

yeaah wow for sure!

is there room for one more? i'd love to move in. Well maybe 3 more. I have a fiancee & a kitty. They're both wonderful though! (the lady more than the kitty).

Sounds good Jean & Dylan, see ya soon!

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natasha said...

fantastic apartment! great furniture finds! I fav this shelving unit above the sofa for a long time on flickr.
the y don't need a perfect studi, they already own it X)

ThePeachTree said...

I'm so moving into this place :)

Anna @ D16 said...

What a GREAT place! Everything about it makes me happy, especially the collection of Cathrineholm pieces in the kitchen. Thank you for sharing, Jean and Dylan!

tinyparticlesoflight said...

The kitchen had fantastic light and I love the modern-esque sofa!

bugheart said...

great organization.
love all the
vintage items!
can't wait to
check out
their etsy shop!

JanelleGrace said...

I love this place!!!

Unknown said...

Hee, I feel so proud of my Dutch-ness now ;)
But show me those wonderful flea-markets, because they are not around my town...

Jean said...
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Jean said...

You should be proud!! You don't know how many Dutch-envious people there are out there! there's a lot. :)
We went to 3-4 of them in Amsterdam...but don't really remember where they are specifically or whether there's specific days that happens...maybe this isn't very helpful...

And thanks everyone for the lovely kind comments!! It's making me all teary-eyed just thinking that we're leaving this place...sniff sniff. (;_;)

Anonymous said...

This is absolutely up my ally! Thank you Kindly for sharing your superb creativity with us. I adore the idea of using tree branches to display photography, how very original!

Learning Spanish at 41 said...

Fun blog...adding you to our roll today.

The perfect studio, yes, well, that would be more storage and better task lighting. Oh, and a new iMac with the 30" cinema screen... *slurp* :-p

Unknown said...

awww, *pat pat* Jean, you're making the right choice, really! The next house will be EVEN BETTER!
Plus: next time you're in Amsterdam, call me, I'll follow your trail :)

Miss Crowland said...

I love it ALL. I need to steal the pictures hanging off the branch idea.

rocio said...

Gorgeous! I love all the natural wood elements throughout!