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Meet Jeffrey Guiducci of DEBRiS in Echo Park

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jeffrey Guiducci.

Jeffrey, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I was exposed to a large amount of art and architecture at a very young age, because my parents felt it was extremely important for us kids.

However, I didn’t really discover my true passion for both until high school. I was so fortunate to have attended a public Lincoln Nebraska high school which allowed me to be casting silver and bronze in a jewelry design course in one period and in the next be drawing building details, sections and elevations. This was the moment I realized these types of skills where very valuable for a creative person.

Following high school, art and architecture became my focus. The only issue was, which schools can provide me with what I’m looking for in an education… something very creative and hands on and with a focus on architecture. After three different universities I found the University of Kentucky College of Design. This institution was able to fill all the voids I felt needed to be filled at that time. I was amazed by the faculty and the technologies pushed by the school. This is where I had the great pleasure of connecting with faculty from all over the world, which then led me to LA.

Once I moved to LA following living in the Netherlands, Panama and grad school I worked for a boutique architecture office (P-A-T-T-E-R-N-S), then onto why Architecture. why Architecture is where I was able to put my creativity to work to good use. I was hired on as a Jr. designer and an Object Designer. Being labeled as an Object designer totally changed the way I looked at being a designer. I felt like this title was perfectly defining me.

After working in the architecture field for a few years I started to realize that building buildings takes a very long time, and quality is always lost when you’re working on large scale project with tons of sub-contractors vs. objects which are typically much smaller in size and have a much faster turnaround time, and quality control is must easier to manage.

These basic factors pushed me into designing and producing high end avant-garde furniture and object for people like William Emmerson and Blackman Cruz. After a few years working for them and learning the ropes of the small batch production of extremely high-quality furniture fabrication, I felt it was time to start my own thing.

The next task was how to define myself, and my specific line of work. This is where the name Debris comes into play in defining me in a unique way. Debris is a term that I use regularly to define the object which I design and fabricate that will occupy a space. Some of these objects are functional and some are not. For example, debris could be a chair, a pendent light, a ceiling feature or just the space filled with objects that have been organized in a manner that allows the space to become activated in a way that fulfill the client’s needs.

Feb. 2018 marks Debris 1-year anniversary and to my surprise, there is a huge demand for custom designed and fabricated objects. So here is to 2018!!

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Being a new business owner has not been a smooth road. Most of the bumps have been from just learning how to operate a business in general, not so much the finding of projects. There is actually a large demand for what I do and every day I am getting contacted regarding some type of project. 2018 has been very exciting so far and I’m looking forward to what the future will bring.

DEBRiS – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
DEBRIS is a creative design fabrication lab which focuses on experimental production and construction of avant-garde objects and architectural spaces. The experiments are done using both conventional materials and unconventional materials which requires a wealth of knowledge in almost every area of design.

What is “success” or “successful” for you?
Success is not quantified by a dollar amount, but by the level of quality achieved in the finished product or space which reflects the initial design concept. If I’m not satisfied then it’s not a success. I strive for perfection in every project I do, and there no reason why we can’t achieve it. People just need to take pride in what they are actually doing from start to finish in order to achieve success.

Contact Info:

  • Address: 915 N. Bonnie Brae St. Los Angeles CA.
  • Phone: 859.533.1590
  • Email: Jeff@debrisdesignlab.com
  • Instagram: Debris_by_J.Guiducci


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Paul Vu

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