Making their Tophane storefront work overtime, Lab Tasarim’s architects and interior designers also run a furniture showroom. The aesthetic is upcycled modern: On a second glance at the work, visitors realize that the designers have inventively Frankensteined their furniture together out of found objects—from bedsprings and tea trays to brass pipes and mismatched chair legs. Lab Tasarim exemplifies a recent trend toward using retail to showcase experiments concocted in the “laboratory” of a practice in the hopes of attracting potential architecture and interiors clients, who then also find gems with which to populate their newly fashioned spaces.
Today, we kicked off this year’s annual Dwell on Design at the LA Convention Center, which will continue through Sunday, June 26th. Though we’ve been hosting this extensive event for years, this time around is particularly special.