Eight Creative Talents Writing the Next Chapter in California Design – Architectural Digest

Matt Gagnon

Working in the offices of Gaetano Pesce and Frank Gehry taught Matt Gagnon, as he reflects, “the value of thinking about design across all scales, materials, and fabrication methods.” A self-described tinkerer, the Lincoln Heights–based designer has created furnishings for Nike; a series of stacked light totems that have made their way into Peter Marino boutiques for Chanel and Vuitton; and, most recently, a 65-foot-long, illuminated, interactive map of the solar system for NASA’s Deep Space Network facility at Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena. “I think about objects in terms of architecture,” he says of his approach, “specifically how objects occupy, shape, and transform a physical space.” mattstudio.com

Emily Farnham

The architect planted her flag in the burgeoning Silver Lake neighborhood in 2014 after stints at such prestigious firms as SOM, Architecture Research Office, and Mark Cavagnero. She directs, in her words, a “mercifully small, manageable office” specializing in thoughtful reinventions of the lean midcentury houses that proliferate in L.A. “I thrive on context,” says Farnham (pictured at home), pointing to notable projects such as her renovation of actress Mandy Moore’s Pasadena home (AD, July/August 2018). Farnham’s first ground-up house, for her own family, is next. “A blank slate is exciting,” she notes, “and a little intimidating.” emilyfarnham.com