Lounge22

Hand­crafted Amer­i­can fur­ni­ture, right from the heart of Los Angeles.

Atomic Ranch - - Atomic Kitchens - Pho­tog­ra­phy courtesy of Lounge22

LIKE ANY GOOD SOURCE OF IN­SPI­RA­TION, THE CON­CEPT FOR LOUNGE22 CAME OUT OF A UNIQUE NEED. Ar­men Gharabe­gian, an in­ven­tor and in­dus­trial de­signer, was in need of high qual­ity and beau­ti­fully de­signed fur­ni­ture for the events his com­pany, Ethos De­sign, was pro­duc­ing. In re­sponse, he launched Lounge22 in 2004—us­ing the date of his son’s birth­day as part of his new com­pany’s name.

“I think MID­CEN­TURY IS TIME­LESS be­cause of the MAR­RIAGE OF FORM AND FUNC­TION. It’s sculp­tural enough to with­stand the test of time and does not go out of fash­ion; it’s sus­tain­able by de­sign.”

FULL CIR­CLE DE­SIGN

Tack­ling fur­ni­ture de­sign is any­thing but a stretch for Ar­men. The Prin­ci­pal De­signer and Founder of Lounge22 grad­u­ated from Pasadena’s Art Cen­ter Col­lege of De­sign, with both his Bach­e­lor’s and Master of Sci­ence De­grees in In­dus­trial De­sign. “Af­ter grad­u­a­tion, I taught fur­ni­ture de­sign and ex­hibit de­sign at Art Cen­ter for sev­eral years while build­ing my first com­pany, Ethos De­sign,” he says.

Ethos De­sign pro­vides de­sign and fab­ri­ca­tion so­lu­tions for ex­hibits as well as de­sign co­or­di­na­tion for events across the United States and abroad. Even just a few years into this work led Ar­men to no­tice a lack of high-end, high-qual­ity rental fur­ni­ture for the events he was pro­duc­ing—so he de­cided to make it him­self.

LO­CAL PRIDE

“It has al­ways been im­por­tant for us to de­sign and man­u­fac­ture in­no­va­tive, high-qual­ity fur­ni­ture in the United States for the Amer­i­can con­sumer,” Ar­men says.

“We have had a long tra­di­tion of in­no­va­tion in this coun­try, and it was per­son­ally im­por­tant for me to push the Amer­i­can prod­uct, built by Amer­i­can in­ge­nu­ity, qual­ity and crafts­man­ship for both the Amer­i­can con­sumer and even­tu­ally the global mar­ket. I want to see prod­ucts around the world with la­bels that say ‘Made in Amer­ica.’”

For Ar­men, one of the things that makes Lounge22 stand out among other fur­ni­ture com­pa­nies is that it is a true Los Angeles brand. Not only is their show­room lo­cated in neigh­bor­ing Glendale, but their man­u­fac­tur­ing takes place in the city as well. Ac­cord­ing to Ar­men, over 10 years ago Lounge22 was one of the first to use the term “hand­crafted in LA.”

AR­MEN’SCHAIR, “WHICH FAVORITEIS GREEN CREATIONBY DEFAULTIS THE OSAKAOF BE­ING BAM­BOO,” HE SAYS. “TO BEND BAM­BOO IN THAT FORM WAS A VERY IN­TER­EST­ING MAN­U­FAC­TUR­ING CHAL­LENGE. WE WERE ONE OF THE FIRST COM­PA­NIES TO START BEND­ING BAM­BOO WITH THE HELP OF JA­PANESE CRAFTS­MEN.”

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