ARTIST INTERVIEW: Simon LeComte of New Made LA
New Made LA is the recently created furniture manufacturing company producing new goods with a vintage inspired and mid-century design aesthetic. The line is the new project of Amsterdam Modern, one of LA’s best vintage midcentury modern furniture warehouses. Over the last several years, the market for mid-century vintage has grown exponentially, driving prices to exorbitant levels far beyond the reach of most people. New Made LA is an attempt to provide great design at an affordable price.
Where do you see your work going in the next couple years?
Everywhere! NewMade LA’s mission is to create stylish and affordable products for all. Quality design should be widely accessible, and we hope to provide to the majority through many different outlets.
Did you have any mentors or important creative influences?
We’ve always looked towards vintage designers and mid-century eras of design for inspiration. Friso Kramer, a dear family friend, and notorious Dutch Industrial designer, has been a great influence given his simple and functional aesthetic. Of course, the main inspiration and influence is Amsterdam Modern. By just walking through the aisles of the warehouse, you are flooded with ideas. I often wander AM’s ten-thousand square feet to inspect the style and construction of the many items stashed inside, it’s a resource that New Made LA is very lucky to have.
How are you inspired by the environment around you, how does your home/city/nature you live in affect your work?
My environment is California, and I think it greatly influences not only my design sense but also my life. California has such a timeless vibe and sticks to it’s roots of style and laid back life. The Mid-Century Modern era has a great presence in contemporary design here in California, be it in style, in homes, or in architecture here in Los Angeles. LA is a great place to live in and be influenced by. It’s really becoming a leading city within the arts, media, and fashion and it’s inspiring to see how they all influence each other and how our city’s creatives collaborate.
What is so special about making art NOW, in our hectic digital age?
Nowadays design and the arts are continually moving into a digital age, programs like 3D rendering can definitely be a great tool.. but I find that the best work comes from grabbing a paper and a pencil and spending a few hours of hands-on play in the studio. Technology can be useful for design and creation, but there is no substitute for getting your hands dirty to really create.