ELECTRIC BOWERY // WORKAHOLIC

Designers Cayley Lambur and Lucia Bartholomew have found their dream jobs as co-founders and principals of the acclaimed Electric Bowery. Together they have spent the last five years building a successful multidisciplinary design and architecture studio at the center of Venice Beach, participating to the renewed energy and focus on the city of Los Angeles. At the core, Electric Bowery is a place where, with their team, Lucia and Cayley can design for themselves and express their breadth of design knowledge. It is a place where they create tangible holistic designs, where interiors meet exteriors and modernity meets tradition. Now with major residential and hospitality projects under their belt, such as the Scandinavian-inspired Amoroso Residence, the Los Angeles NeueHouse, the Paley restaurant in Hollywood and our personal favorite, Superba in Venice –  these power-ladies are inspired to keep playing hard at work. We caught up with Cayley and Lucia in their Venice Beach studio to learn more about their partnership, what makes them obsessed and most importantly, what makes them Workaholics.

Who are you and what do you do?

We are friends and business partners- principals at an architecture firm who design projects on a tangible scale with a holistic approach.

 

Where is your workspace?

Electric Bowery calls Venice Beach home. Pegged as a creative epicenter, with bustling artists of all kinds, our studio is within view of the original Eames Studio, across the street from Charles Arnoldi’s active studio and gallery, and only a few doors down from Dennis Hopper’s compound – a Frank Gehry original.

 

What made you turn to this direction?

We met working at Frank Gehry’s office in 2010. Having both had experience with large well-known firms previously, we continued to find disappointment in the environment of a larger corporate office and could both envision a different path for ourselves. We began dreaming about starting our own business, one in which we could design our own projects.

 

Was this always your dream job?

Neither of us thought we would wind up in architecture specifically, however a design profession was a safe bet. We were both really involved in the arts and simply making things when we were younger, whether those things were paintings or shooting film. Now it’s safe to say that Electric Bowery is our real-life dream job. We get to work with fantastic clients and our internal team is beyond superb.

How much of the week is work, how much is play?

We don’t really see any division. Work/Play, it’s all the same — probably a good sign!

 

What has been the most exciting thing you have done with your work, and what is a dream situation you’d like to find yourself in?

We think the most exciting thing is surprising ourselves — landing jobs we could only dream of, and being given the trust and opportunities by amazing clients to grow our portfolio. It’s amazing how much we can get done when we brainstorm and figure out ways to make some crazy ideas actually pan out.

How do you find your inspiration?

We are both privileged to travel quite a bit, for work projects as well as personal wanderlust. Local art, artisan crafts, diverse landscapes, a friend’s kitchen, afternoon light in our studio, you name it. We get inspiration from anywhere and everywhere; from a variety of global sources and the natural world. We keep an eye on current trends while always maintaining focus on perennial style.


How do you define your personal style, work and clothing, etc.?      

We both adore fashion and appreciate highly stylized work (and personal) rituals, though only from afar. We’re too busy, and too practical to wear or utilize anything that isn’t easy and comfortable. We both gravitate toward natural, organic fibers, and warmly lit yet clean spaces.

What’s something someone may not know about you?

It might not surprise anyone to hear that the majority of our brainstorming often revolves around food and travel…This one is probably easiest if we answer for each other!

From Lucia for Cayley — she’s Canadian, and a mom!

From Cayley for Lucia — she’s an insanely good cook, and really good at math, among many many other things!

 

Photography by Chris Mottalini with additional images courtesy of Electric Bowery. You can follow Electric Bowery on Instagram here.

 

 

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