Design studio Kalon Studios unveils their first physical showroom in Los Angeles, a 2000 square-foot (185 square-meters) space that also accommodates their studio offices, and a landscaped roof deck for events and gatherings. Embracing the brand’s core value, the building is designed with sustainable features, notably solar panels, induction stoves, and insulated Low-E Glass. The interiors display wood, linen, stone and metals, a reflection of the practice’s affinity for natural, organic materials.
Kalon is known for its furniture and objects designed and built with sustainability, domestic production and exceptional materiality in mind. The showroom will feature a rotation of Kalon’s releases throughout the year, debuting with an expanded Rugosa collection and their most recent Highland collection, as well as other classic pieces. Visitors can also browse the materials, finishes, and textiles that the studio use for their pieces.
To encourage the LA creative community spirit, the space is slated to play host to various events, experiences, workshops, pop-ups and panel discussions. Works by local artists and designers including Adam Silverman, Ryosuke Yazaki, Portola Paints, Common Body, Ramsay Condor and more are featured around the showroom, introducing visitors to kindred makers and creators. “The importance of building community and investing in our local community has always been a driving force behind the work we do and how we do it,” adds Kalon co-founder Michaele Simmering.
With so much of the world retreating online due to COVID, the Kalon showroom offers the comfort of physical space and tangible elements, where people can touch and connect first-hand with the objects and materials. “So much of our practice are about materials, and about the cultivation of particular feelings and emotions,” says Kalon co-founder Johannes Pauwen. “All of that is best experienced in the flesh, with our full sensory capacities at work and able to engage.”