ORPHAN WORK MERGES ITALIAN DESIGN PRINCIPLES WITH THE DARK EDGE OF “MATERIAL LUST”

Since first meeting at Parson’s School of Design, artists Christian Lopez Swafford and Lauren Larson have been making a name for themselves as the self-proclaimed “dark horse disciples of art and design,” otherwise known as Material Lust. Over time, Material Lust has given rise to a second line known as Orphan Work. Composed of sconces, lamps, pendant lights and other objets d’art that didn’t necessarily fit into the Material Lust aesthetic, the collection merges Material Lust’s boldness and sculpturality with an ethereal, high glamour edge. We recently caught up with the duo to discuss Orphan Work, including their inspirations, their decision to hand-produce in Florence, Italy, and how they make it all work as both a couple and creative partners.

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APPARATUS IS BRINGING THEIR BRIGHT IDEAS TO FURNITURE

Jeremy Anderson and Gabriel Hendifar love to take on a challenge. Or perhaps more correctly, they love to crush a challenge. Not always in that order, but you’d be hard-pressed to know that from the duo’s affable, cool-pressed exteriors.

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