Color Defines LA Ceramics Studio and Bari Ziperstein Showroom
Enter designer and artist Bari Ziperstein’s multifunctional ceramic studio, office and showroom, designed by local firm Foss Hildreth
While Bari Ziperstein may not be a household name yet, you may have already admired the distinctive assemblages of primitive, sculptural forms she creates under the nickname Bzippy. Established in 2008, Ziperstein’s experimental ceramics practice has since grown to encompass furniture, sculpture, objects and larger art-driven installations, all of which draw inspiration from his inventive use of form, glazes and slab construction that together created a unique signature.
With a burgeoning art practice in development, Los Angeles-based Ziperstein has moved into a new 9,000 square foot production studio, office and showroom that will bring all of its businesses together under one roof.
Bari Ziperstein next to his desk in the new space studio. Photography: Laure Joliet
Overseen by local design firm Foss Hildreth, the space provides Ziperstein with a dedicated production room, eight production ovens, a product photography studio, and an inventory and storage warehouse. on-site processing, with room to spare. It will also house administration, development, production and other facets of Ziperstein’s business.
“It has been a lifelong dream to develop the studio space in a way that sustainably nurtures all three aspects of my practice,” she says. “Because the studio is a hybrid space and needed to contain both our offices and our production floor, we wanted to treat each with the utmost consideration.
The sales office area of the exhibition space, with artwork including a ‘Loop’ side table (front centre, available from The Future Perfect) and a pink ‘Cloud’ side table (rear right , part of the Bzippy range), as well as planters and vases. Photography: Laure Joliet
“The kitchen, the break room and the office spaces have also evolved into a kind of exhibition space, allowing us to present our works to visitors. I knew I wanted to work with Luke [Foss] and Ashley [Hildreth] from Foss Hildreth, as I previously worked with them individually on The Future Perfect; I was drawn to their sense of design, vintage craftsmanship and new approach to color.
Given Ziperstein’s love of color, Italian acrylic furniture and lighting from the 1960s and 1970s, Foss Hildreth sought out pieces by Joe Colombo and Vico Magistretti to place alongside bespoke furniture from Waka. Waka – another Los Angeles studio.
Bzippy wall lights in the hallway. Photography: Laure Joliet
Sustainable and playful in equal parts, the space serves as an eye-catching stage for both known and previously unseen works. Bzippy wall lights, the studio’s first, line a hallway and the walls of a sales office. In Ziperstein’s office, a desk is reserved for her seven-year-old son, with whom she shares the workspace.
“Our goal was for clients to feel completely immersed in the world of Bari as soon as they entered the studio,” says Foss. “Bari is known for its colorful glazes, so we injected bright, sophisticated hues into the offices and lounge; worlds away from the production studio on the other side of the wall.
The sales office area. Photography: Laure Joliet
Ziperstein adds: “Because we produce everything on site, we are always covered in clay or clay dust. It was essential to incorporate durable, wipeable surfaces and furnishings. This way our team has a place to take their breaks in a space that wasn’t too precious to interact with but still captured the studio’s aesthetic. Luke and Ashley developed a custom vinyl banquette with our own custom bistro tables and furnished the space with vintage plastic chairs from Kartell and Joe Colombo.
‘One of my favorite aspects of the studio is the plants throughout the space, set in our Bzippy planters by Lizzie [Royale] by Pop Dirt LA. Lizzie used a variety of rare specimens from Southern California and beyond, highlighting drought-tolerant plants and cacti that emphasize the sculptural aspects of their surroundings at the studio.