C California Style

The California Workshop chandelier from two vantage points, from $390. PHOTO: Wendy Haworth.
The California Workshop chandelier from two vantage points, from $390. PHOTO: Wendy Haworth.

Light & Space

by C California Style

“I’m a mechanical engineer by training,” says Michael Towey of The California Workshop, a contemporary furniture studio in Costa Mesa.

So it makes sense that his guiding force is precision. The collection spans a lightweight chair inspired by Gio Ponti’s famed Superleggera to new lighting pieces, which follow the reductionist principles that influenced Noguchi’s paper lamps. Towey’s laser-cut linen pendants, sconces, table lamps and chandeliers are origami-like studies in minimalism. “If there’s something I can remove, I will,” he says. “I’m trying to make a high-quality diffused light with frugal materials.” The range is available at vintage emporium Empiric (which Towey founded and previously owned), and through his website. 912 W. 17th St., C.M., 323-642-7205; thecaliforniaworkshop.com.

Written by Melissa Goldstein, Maile Pingel, and Andrea Stanford.