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Meet Nik Gelormino

Today we’d like to introduce you to Nik Gelormino.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I grew up in Orange County and I studied sculpture at The Cooper Union in New York City. Living in New York expanded my view of culture and pushed me creatively. My school experience provided me with some very valuable lessons that I’ve carried with me as I’ve moved from painting and sculpture, into furniture and design; the most valuable of which was learning that you can build pretty much anything with your hands. You could always walk into the woodshop at Cooper Union and there would be someone to share the knowledge needed to turn an idea into a finished work. This instilled in me a respect for natural materials and a desire to be connected to the objects that I surround myself with. I also learned that you shouldn’t be afraid to start over and reevaluate a design problem when you hit a wall. Experimentation and even failure are crucial to building furniture that has lasting appeal.

Please tell us about your art.
For the past several years I’ve been building custom wood furniture in LA. I’ve always loved using my hands to build things and something about the malleability of wood feels like a perfect fit — I love the warm glow and the varying textures. It retains a record of its history, whether in the growth rings of the trunk, or the water rings on a well-worn tabletop.

For inspiration, I look to woodworkers like Wharton Escherick, J.B. Blunk, and the Greene and Greene architects. I feel a sense of unity between humanity and nature reflected in their work. Their forms reach their full potential when people are enjoying them, and putting them to use.

In the last few years, I’ve taken to using locally sourced lumber from around the Los Angeles area. Working with arborists and sawyers, I’ve gained an appreciation for the vernacular materials of our city. I want to share the beauty of these trees that are so ubiquitous to the LA landscape, but not commonly used in furniture — trees like Eucalyptus and Live Oak.

Do you have any advice for other artists? Any lessons you wished you learned earlier?
At this moment in art and design, trends and easily recognizable styles are championed over persistent integrity. I believe sincerity and craftsmanship are traits best experienced in person and often don’t translate well on Pinterest or Instagram. My advice would be to have faith in the work you do and have the patience to see it through. Each step along the way builds a foundation for your work and ensures that it will withstand the passing of trends.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
I’ve been doing commissions for private residences, as well as developing a line of furniture and objects. You can see images of past work on my website or on Instagram. I recently completed the indoor seating for LA Wine in Chinatown — a wrap around bench that skirts the perimeter of the room. It was fun to expand the scale of my work to a commercial setting, while still making a product that felt unique and relatively domestic.

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