News of a just-launched lighting and hardware line, handmade in Los Angeles, recently landed in our inbox. Preston Alba, the studio coordinator at Commune, one of our favorite design studios, wrote to tell us of his new venture.

“Lakes is an ongoing project, beginning with this small initial release [of lighting and hardware], with objects and furniture currently in development,” he tells us. “Everything is designed in-house and produced here in Los Angeles via a network of incredible artisans and manufacturers.”

It’s, indeed, a small collection—just six items in all—but it’s good. “These first products are intentionally quite simple and primitive, and new releases will work their way to the more complex and modern,” he explains.

Here’s a peek.

Photography courtesy of Lakes.

Above: The glass and brass Boulder Pendant mimics the organic form of its namesake; $975.
Above: “Everything is designed in-house, and then we work with local vendors to bring our designs to life. Once components are fabricated, they come back to our live/work studio in Highland Park for any finishing work and assembly. It’s a good balance of having our eyes and hands in the work and trusting others with the skills and tools we don’t necessarily have,” say Alba.
The Stone Sconce is $475. &#8
Above: The Stone Sconce is $475. “Lakes quite simply represents the landscape where I spent my formative years. Living in a small town near the gulf throughout high school, I found refuge in the landscape of dense forest spotted with lakes,” says Alba. “I think there is also a connection to the work of Aino and Alvar Aalto which both inspires me and was inspired by their native landscape (of forest and lakes).”
Above: Alba’s partner in the venture (and life) is Jessica Hamilton of floral studio Fibers and Florals.
Stone Sconces and their inspiration.
Above: Stone Sconces and their inspiration.
The line also includes hardware, including this oxidized stainless steel Double Hook; $.
Above: The line also includes hardware, including this oxidized stainless steel Double Hook; $24.
The Single Hook is $.
Above: The Single Hook is $18.

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