Behind the scenes at Lindsey Adelman’s new workshop HQ in Manhattan
On paper, the Los Angeles space that Lindsey Adelman’s lighting collection currently calls home– one of the MAK Center’s Schindler Mackey Apartments from 1939 – is pretty hard to beat. But the designer proved during New York Design Week (10-22 May) that her revamped headquarters on the East Coast, located at the core of Manhattan’s NoHo district, is just as enviable.
Adelman’s newly expanded Manhattan showroom now spans two consecutive loft floors (the studio was previously crammed onto one). In addition to providing enough breathing room for each of her sculptural lighting collections, the space’s additional square footage also supplies ample space for her design and assembly teams to test, construct and alter large-scale custom-made pieces, which is increasingly forming the bulk of the studio’s work.
The experience of visiting the showroom – a spacious, living-room style setting that perfectly encapsulates Adelman’s bohemian, art-infused ethos – not only gives clients a chance to see Adelman’s evocative designs in an unbridled habitat, but also allows them to peek behind the scenes and see how each piece is made in the workshop above. Several prototyping areas are complemented by an extensive proprietary material library, which work hand in hand to bring each design to life.
As if the new digs weren’t enough eye candy to appreciate, Adelman also revealed a snippet from an hour-long documentary about her studio and design practice, directed by Pascal Perich. Filming Adelman over the course of two years, the French-born, Brooklyn-based filmmaker has produced an intimate portrait of the designer that not only captures Adelman’s ability to effortlessly bring together art and design, but her commitment to working with local manufacturers and craftspeople in a myriad of materials and fields.
Adelman explains in the film, ‘What I try to express is this radiant beauty in knocked knees or a hunched posture, something that’s unbalanced, or a fight or power play, or not knowing what’s going to happen next, or an unresolved issue or something that’s been through a lot, or something that’s just beginning and getting born, which you know that there’s trouble around the corner. If I can convey that in a light fixture, that’s really it for me.’ A plan to screen the full documentary is currently in the works. §