The California Workshop is a small craft guild committed to the practice of Modern Craft.
On-line TheCaliforniaWorkshop.com Sales and Customer Support, 323-642-7205, Michael@TheCaliforniaWorkshop.com
Craft & Folk Art Museum (CAFAM), 5814 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036 (323) 937 4230 x22, Tuesday - Friday: 11am to 5pm, Saturday & Sunday: 12pm to 6pm
Yolk Silverlake, 1626 Silverlake Blvd, Los Angeles CA 90026, 323-660-4315, Mon 12-6, Tues-Fri 11-7, Sat 10-7, Sun 11-6
We believe in the virtues of simplicity, utility and authenticity as they apply to just about everything.
We respect the planet and others and do our best with what we are given.
We believe the merit of a product can't be separated from the process by which it is made or the resources consumed in its production, use and disposal.
Founder Michael Towey graduated from Seattle University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. After years of designing products for the aviation industry, Michael opened a furniture store called Empiric in Los Angeles focusing on vintage Modern and institutional furnishings. Years of buying, selling and restoring furniture lead to producing some modern designs that were no longer available by the likes of Ed Wormley, Robsjohn Gibbings, Paul McCobb as well as other great unknown craftsmen of the twentieth century. Today at the California Workshop, his work is inspired by the varied works and philosophies of Soetsu Yanagi, Kaare Klint, Jean Prouve, Michael Thonet and Elon Musk.
Molly Croteau designs and makes sustainable handcrafted jewelry, home goods and art under the the name Eclectic Ox (@eclectic_ox). Passionate about conservation and sustainability, she has been refining her CNC woodworking and orikata skills at The California Workshop since 2014.
Heather Zusman (@knockin_on-wood) is pursuing her interest in furniture making and traditional woodworking when she isn't cutting and folding lamp shades for The California Workshop.
Colleen Kolling recently joined us to help with our growing order backlog. When she isn't making and packing lampshades you can find her with her rowing club team training for the next race.