October 22, 2016

Spotlight: (wh)ORE HAüS STUDIOS

(wh)ORE HAüS STUDIOS was founded in 2012 by a model who empowered herself after a breakup. Located in downtown Los Angeles, designer and fabricator, Meyghan Hill, creates both furniture and home goods that she describes as “Provocative Luxury”.

So speaking of, people obviously ask her about the provocative name of her company. Originally a tongue-in-cheek play on the word “ore”,whose definition is a source from which valuable matter (as metal) is extracted, Meyghan now feels that, in the world of her customer and friends, value has been extracted from a word meant to devalue. “I want this word to take a semantic shift from a sexually derogatory implication to a bad-ass, empowering connotation. The (wh) has become my scarlet letter. I choose to wear it because I feel stronger for it and I think that strength is represented in my work while still remaining elegant.”

JJ: Can you recall how or why you became a furniture designer and maker?
MH: The the first question people always ask me at dinner parties after finding out what I do is, “How did you start welding?” and my tagline is “I was just angry.” Which is true, I was going through a breakup and needed to feel strong again. I also had to furnish the slightly depressing small studio I had downgraded to and am DIY to a fault. So, feeling a bit reckless, I twirled my hair in a pretty sketch area of Los Angeles and ended up with an amazing and non-litigious mentorship in a filthy shop with 13 men of varying crafts from building security gates to repairing cars.

JJ: What would you say are your main influences when conceiving a piece of work?

MH: I come from a fashion background so definitely there. But anything these days. I am working on a new table in the unusual shape of the passenger mirror of a car I was in. I like translating ideas not typically associated with furniture into design.

JJ: What part of the process excites you the most?
MH: Going down rabbit holes of things that interest me as a form of work. Getting my hands dirty and prototyping. Photographing my work in a very stylized way.

JJ: What comes first the materials or the design idea?
MH: Materials. For example, I was already working with steel and stone and then got obsessed with leather. That translated into the idea of corsetry intersecting with furniture. It settled somewhere in Bottega Venetta meets Bondage, I think.

JJ: From all your pieces which is your favorite and why?
MH: The Restraint Collection Nightstand / Cocktail Tables. They are the culmination of years of ideas distilling themselves into the work. I joke that they take both 5 years and then 5 days to make. And I still want to touch them every time I see one out in the world somewhere.

JJ: You’re a new addition to the crayon box, what color would you be (give it a name) and why?
MH: I would want to invent a marble crayon spectrum.

JJ: What is your greatest indulgence?
MH: Sour candy, cheap olives and expensive shoes and bags. And definitely the freedom to just stare at objects and materials for as long as need be. If it is something I am compelled to focus on in that way, I know there is something of interest in it to me. And then after many times of staring, I can usually figure out why and how I can translate it into my work. I often take materials I know I want to work with home with me, live with them and keep them close, until I get it.

JJ: What makes your furniture line distinctive?
MH: To date, every single piece has been made by my own hands. And while that will most likely change in the future, I am working to develop a women’s workforce. I think the fact that I am a woman physically building my body of work has resonated and, hopefully empowered, my audience. The next step in growth, while remaining authentic to the brand, is to have other women helping me build. I want to create a (wh)ORE’s Army. Lol

JJ: What songs best describe your work ethic?
MH: Well the Flashdance Soundtrack, of course.

JJ: What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
MH: In creating art and design, nothing can be precious.

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