Speakers at the Core77 Conference explained how collaboration with local manufacturers can fuel the design process

With the largest manufacturing base in the United States and a growing population of designers, Los Angeles is proving to be fertile ground for creatives and fabricators alike. This past weekend designers, artists and business people gathered at the Core77 Conference in downtown Los Angeles to discuss the future of design, but the future of the city was a persistent theme.

A talk by Brendan Ravenhill, founder of Brendan Ravenhill Studio, demonstrated how the economic city dynamic helped create one of his most successful products. While looking for a way to shape his new grain spun-aluminum pendant lamp, a local manufacturer warned him that the tools would leave a wooden imprint on the metal shade.

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