WORKAHOLIC // ATELIER DE TROUPE
With the downtown Los Angeles art scene starting most conversations in LA these days, we thought to shed light on another scene taking place in West Adams. The design world is setting up shop around West Jefferson Blvd with studios belonging to celebrated designers like the Haas Brothers and Los Angeles’ Atelier de Troupe. Atelier de Troupe is a four year old furniture and lighting studio founded by Gabriel Abraham and Ji Shin. Before starting ATD, Gabriel was an art director for commercial and film for almost 15 years and and the same story goes for Ji who was a commercial portrait photographer for 10 years before joining Gabriel. They both found great joy and fulfillment in furniture and lighting design which led them to create this studio collective. Their lighting can be found in hotels all over the world including Paris, Panama City, The Ace Hotel DTLA and The Apartment by The Line. We caught up with Gabriel and Ji as they prepared for their studio opening on this Thursday December 10 to learn what makes them Workaholics.
Where is your work space?
Our studio is at 4100 W Jefferson Blvd in Los Angeles. West Adams definitely has a much different vibe than DTLA and most other commercial spaces in LA. Mostly because it’s central to LA, while being apart from any “established” neighborhoods like Silverlake or Venice or Hollywood etc. It feels a little like what LA used to feel like decades ago, nondescript warehouses next to middle class single family homes. It’s nice.
How did you get to where you are now?
We got a cold call from Commune design to do all of the decorative lighting at the ACE Hotel Downtown LA a few years ago. We said yes, and that got our feet wet.
Was this always your dream job?
We are collectors, collectors of ideas and don’t consider this a job.
How much of the week is work, how much is play?
We live in America, there is very little play.
How do you find your inspiration?
Books, books, books, magazines, lots of art and sculpture, lighting from the past and of course, the sewage that is the internet.
How important is your work, and do you feel it defines you?
We feel that everything has already been done by great designers before us. We are humbly trying to keep it timeless and beautiful like all the designs we admire.
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?
Having our pieces in a chic Parisian hotel. It is the Hotel du Ministere in the 8th arrondissement of Paris, designed by Francois Champaur. They feature our black Balise sconces. We would love to live part time in Paris and Milan and have seasoned Italian artisans making our pieces.
How do you define your personal style, work and clothing?
French vintage work clothes.
Do you listen to music during the workday?
KCRW and Radio Nova.
What’s something someone may not know about you?
Too much to mention here.
You can visit Atelier de Troupe’s open studio party on Thursday December 10th from 6-9PM at 4100 W Jefferson Blvd. LA, CA 900
Follow ADT on Instagram: @atelierdetroupe
Photography by Tori Willis