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Shopper’s Diary: The Great Commune Shop Experiment in LA


Shopper’s Diary: The Great Commune Shop Experiment in LA

October 18, 2022

Commune, the influential LA design collective, was founded in 2004. Remodelista launched three years later, and we’ve been avidly following the firm’s projects from the get-go, always surprised and delighted by a key Commune tenet: “allow time and space for dreaming.”

Recently, the team literally did just that: cleared room in their studio to open a temporary emporium dubbed The Great Commune Shop Experiment. On view is the collective’s love of refined craft: household designs, both elaborate and utilitarian, made by the family of artists and artisans Commune has been collaborating with for years. The plan is to keep the shop open for four months and then see what happens, so catch it while you can.

Interior photographs by Elizabeth Carababas, courtesy of Commune.

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Above: “In the spirit of Comme des Garcons’ guerrilla stores from the nineties, we dropped a modular structure in the middle of an unfinished space in the 1924 Spanish Colonial building that houses our studio in LA’s MacArthur Park,” explains Roman Alonso, who runs Commune with his partner, Steven Johanknecht.

The firm first went into retail in 2008, when they pitched a tent in the middle of their work space and invited friends to make things to sell in it. “Eventually we moved it all online, but the shopkeeper bug had bit us hard,” says Roman.

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Above: The shop sells a high/low array of things. A Remodelista favorite: Commune Light Sockets, $45, classic porcelain fixtures that Commune “colorizes” in 14 shades.
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Above: LA textile artist and longtime Commune confrère Adam Pogue made this collection of scrap fabric stools and hand-dyed linen quilts for the shop opening.

For more by Pogue, see Crazy Beautiful: Hand-Stitched Textiles Inspired by Korean Pojagi.

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Above: In Queens,  NY, Andrew McAteer hand stitches his Commune Leather Baskets from vegetable-tanned leather. This one holds a block-printed Studio Ford for Commune Reversible Quilt.
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Above: Studio ceramics are a Commune favorite. Examples on display here include H for Hannah Nesting Bowls, Kevin Willis for Commune Lanterns, and Dog Bowls.
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Above: The Studio Ford for Commune Dog Bed, handmade in India, has Commune’s cactus flower pattern paired with its signature plaid.
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Above: Lisa Eisner for Commune Abalone Incense Holders and bronze Votives are table sculptures cast using the lost-wax technique.
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Above: “Check your ego at the door”—the Commune way of doing things.
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Above: The Great Commune Shop Experiment is at 2502 W 7th St in LA. You can browse most items in the Commune online design shop.

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