This week’s DMTV Milkshake guest is Elyse Graham, founder of the Elyse Graham Studio in Los Angeles.
Elyse Graham makes spectacularly ornate pieces – tables, bracelets, vanities, room dividers, and more – out of resin. In this issue of DMTV Milkshake, she tells us how she sees the future of her material and her brand – and where it will lead next. For additional clue, check out the “Sneak Peek” images of new surface applications – uses made possible by their innovative manufacturing process that enabled Elyse and her team to create pieces of resin outside a mold, as well as in sheet metal, bricks, blocks and boards.
Here, we’re talking to Graham about studying art outside of art school (particularly at Brown University, where she studied the school’s art semiotics program): “I studied art, but not exclusively art,” she says. “And I think that’s really an indication of how we think about creating and working in the studio. We absorb ideas from all areas of life. And I think we have a bit of design naivety that allows us to create really weird things that someone who went to art school wouldn’t necessarily consider. “
Graham also discusses how events of the past year have changed her process – and the necessary evolution that comes from the fact that only one person can work in her studio at a time. “It’s obviously been a weird year for everyone,” she says. “I think what really taught me this year is that it’s important to slow down – we had to because of the social distancing and because we’re as safe as possible in the studio. I really had the time to review all of our processes – think about everything we do and really choose the work that makes me most excited and happiest. “
Diana Ostrom, who has written for Wallpaper, Interior Design, ID, the Wall Street Journal, and other outlets, is also the author of Faraway Places, a newsletter about travel.
Milkshake, the first regular series from DMTV (Design Milk TV), shakes up the traditional interview format by asking designers, creatives, educators and industry professionals to randomly select interview questions from their favorite bowl or container. During their open discussions, you will not only get an insight into their personal housewares collections, but also valuable insights into their work, life and passions.