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A sneak peek inside artist-designer David Wiseman’s new studio in Frogtown. Photography by Mark Hanauer.

When in… Elysian Valley

by C California Style

Textured metallics and sculptural silhouettes reflect the eclectic spirit of L.A.’s Frogtown

C Insider David Wiseman.

“Much of my work is inspired by nature, so to have my space [set] along the L.A. River, with views of Elysian Park, is a dream come true,” says artist and designer David Wiseman, whose industrial-size Frogtown studio opens later this year. The Pasadena-born creative, known for his intricate chandeliers, bronze furnishings and ceramic-and-plaster installations, has worked in the thriving neighborhood (also called Elysian Valley) for the past 14 years. Here, he gives us a personal tour. Wax Paper—who doesn’t want a sandwich named after Ira Glass, Lakshmi Singh and other NPR favorites?  waxpaperco.com. Founded by local artist Steven Appleton, the LA River Kayak Safari has adventure, instruction and a history lesson, all in one. lariverkayaksafari.org. • The Women’s Center for Creative Work serves as a not-for-profit facility for feminist artists’ projects, residencies and more. womenscenterforcreativework.com. Frog Spot is the community space of FOLAR (Friends of the Los Angeles River), an organization that’s made a huge impact. Visit for yoga, meditation, live music and more. folar.org. Salazar for delicious tacos and cocktails under a shady trellis on the patio. salazarla.com.

 

Edited by ANUSH BENIYAN and REBECCA RUSSELL.

 

This article originally appeared in the April 2018 issue of C Magazine.