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(From left: Gabriela, Teresita, and Alejandro)
Occupation: Showroom owners, jewelry, fashion and furniture designers, artists, terrarium creators.
Why we like them: It’s rare to find such a wide array of talents in one place. The Artigas siblings—Teresita, Gabriela, and Alejandro—not only assemble a selection of some of LA’s finest emerging designers in their showroom, they are also exceptionally talented themselves. Be it Gabriela’s bold necklaces, Alejandro’s sleek furniture or Teresita’s meditative terrariums, the Artigas family’s good taste is sure to convince in every design department… (A few questions with the siblings, after the jump.)
Where are you from?
How long have you lived here?
Teresita: About five and a half years.
Gabriela: Around seven years, but I go to Mexico pretty often. I still have a house there and a lot of my close friends live there as well.
Where do you live in LA?
Teresita: West Hollywood. My house is right in the middle (Beverly, La Cienega and 3rd Street) but very secluded, full of trees and plants, so I enjoy every second I’m there.
Gabriela: In West Hollywood.
Alejandro: I live in Silver Lake.
What do you like best about the neighborhood you live in?
Teresita: I love that I can walk or ride my bike everywhere. We have great restaurants, bars and nice little streets to stroll and take my Italian greyhounds for a walk. I love my home and my little deck/terrace when the sun is coming down. I feel LA by itself has great resources (culture, music, art, food, beach, etc) and California has amazing natural resources very close by.
Gabriela: I like the short distances I have to walk or ride to enjoy the places I love.
Alejandro: I love to run around the Silver Lake reservoir. And I have great coffee shops and cafes. I go Downtown often and to West Hollywood daily so I’m right in the middle of my two poles of work.
Favorite thing to do in Los Angeles:
Teresita: I love having people over to Genesee or my house. I love the space so much that I hardly leave.
Gabriela: It varies from time to time, but I just moved into a new studio/house and my favorite thing is fixing it. I just love the idea that your house is your shelter, love shack, your private room, the most intimate it gets as a space, so I’m making it my own.
Alejandro: I like the art and culinary scene. I go to galleries and art museums all the time. That’s mostly what I do. And food wise, you can’t ask for more. We have it all. There are great restaurants all around.
What do you like most about your job?
Teresita: I enjoy that I can work with my hands and I’m pretty good doing meticulous things. Working with my sister on the jewelry line is a part that I can’t be thankful enough for; it can get hard but I love it! Genesee has brought me so many great relations, beginning with my family. It’s the thing I love the most—meeting new people and seeing them react to the things we do or the things we love. As far as Genesee and what I do (especially baking and plants), I just do it. It’s a pleasure to do something for you, and from you. It’s very relaxing and it’s even better when people appreciate what you do. It just makes me happy.
Gabriela: For me, I don’t consider it a job. It’s more of a challenge to make a living with what I love to do. But what I love most in what I do is that it comes out naturally. There’s no inspiration. There’s no target. It just pops out from inside me. And I work with people that I admire in some way.
Alejandro: I don’t call it a job, I call it work. I only do work. I work in aesthetics as an architect, a designer or an artist. There really is no distinction between them to me. And I have been up to this since I graduated from high school, every single day, all the time.