Workaholic / Michael Felix / Design Studio
Michael Felix designs and produces upholstered goods in Southern California. A 3rd generation upholstery designer, Michael started from the ground up as a sample-maker’s assistant in the furniture factory founded in 1959 by his grandfather. His in-depth understanding of classic upholstery techniques makes for a collection that is thoughtfully designed, structurally engineered and made for a lifetime of use. Michael also designs custom furniture solutions for commercial and residential projects. Here’s what he had to say about himself.
Who are you and what do you do?
I’m a furniture designer for my own label, Michael Felix.
Where is your workspace?
I have an office and little showroom in the Artists District in Downtown L.A., and I make and produce at my dad’s shop in Chino.
What made you turn to this direction?
Furniture manufacturing has been in my family for 3 generations, so I started working for my dad at an early age. As a kid I always thought I’d be doing something else like music or film but somehow ended up here! I think it comes comes down to opportunity and how obsessed you can be with what you do.
Was this always your dream job?
I would say that my job suits my personality well. I like challenges and I’m always on the move and doing something new. It’s also probably the only thing I can do. So yeah it’s my dream job!
How much of the week is work, how much is play?
The week is 90% work but it can be fun in the everyday act of making something and working with interesting people. As a person I’m definitely more inclined to play so I’m a little surprised by my answer.
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?
I think it’s exciting when people like what you do, it makes it worthwhile. In the grand scheme of things I’m very lucky so maybe this is the dream situation.
How do you find your inspiration?
I tend to find shapes and possibilities in my surroundings. When I was living in New York I would walk around taking photos of benches and that was inspiring. I really like to be original and different so also I strive for that.
How do you define your personal style, work and clothing, etc.?
My personal style would be laid back and usually not very serious/goofy. My work style involves a lot of thinking and day dreaming. I like to be really sure about making something and I always make lists and sketch out ideas beforehand. My clothing is described as follows: Lazy, Goodwill, Always washed, 3-4 years old. Classic work wear-esque with some tears. Probably have spilt coffee on everything I own at some point. Usually white converse high tops.
What’s something someone may not know about you?
I’m playing drums in a band with some great friends. We’re currently called Massage. Massage practice is every Tuesday from 7-9.
Anything else you would like to say or for us to know?
I have a twin sister!
photo credit: Brandon Wickenkamp