We had the good fortune of connecting with Brynn Gelbard & Lisa Donohoe and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Brynn & Lisa, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
The most important factor behind Londubh Studio (pronounced Lon-dove and meaning black bird in Irish Gaelic) is that we follow our hearts and take the advice that resonates with us while letting go of what doesn’t feel right. We also make sure to prioritize projects and collaborations that give us a chance to showcase our purest voice to ensure we manifest more projects like this.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
At Londubh Studio, we specialize in custom art and surface designs for high end residential and commercial spaces. While we’ve done everything from diving boards to bathtubs to decorative screens to gold leafing an IFBB Pro Women’s Bodybuilder, we’re most known for our floor murals or as we call them, painted rugs, ornate ceilings, and textured and/or hand-painted walls. We work with interior designers, architects, and sometimes directly with clients. What sets us apart from most artists is that we have a painting contractor’s license. Not only do we design art and decorative surfaces to work within an overall design aesthetic, we research every environment that we will be installing in to understand what factors our work will have to withstand. Based on that, we choose what products we will use and what maintenance plan we recommend. Someone once said to us… ‘ultimate customization’. We like that. If a surface will stay still long enough for us to do our thing, we’ll have a go. It’s been a quite an amazing journey, and not always an easy one. In the design world, there are plenty of gay men and straight women, but not so many queer women. We wish we could say it hasn’t made for a challenge, but it has. We’ve had to work harder to prove ourselves, which is also typical for women in general. Still, we’ve taken every opportunity to showcase the work we want to be doing and have met a whole lot of incredibly talented visionaries along the way. We’re so proud of the work we get to be doing and take so much care to ensure everything we do is made of equal parts love and craftsmanship.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
First we’d pick our best friend up at the airport and drive straight to Homestate for breakfast tacos and queso, which are pure heaven. From there we’d head to a Korean Spa. We often go to Crystal Spa because it’s so close to our place. After that, we’d wait for architecture and design historian Eleanor Shrader (@eleanor.schrader) along with architecture preservationists, amazing designers, and fun connoisseurs Jaime Rummerfield and Ron Woodson (@saveiconicarchitecture / @woodson_rummerfields) to arrive in a limo we organized to take us on one of Eleanor’s iconic tours of Los Angeles. There’s nobody like this crew to eat, drink, and learn about the amazing history of this city with a focus on design and architecture. We’d pour kick off cocktails then head to places like Frank Lloyd Wright’s Ennis House. In an ideal world Chef Kamarreya (@4espere) is throwing a pop up featuring her culinary artistry along with cocktail master Matt Biancaniello (@eatyourdrink) on what Roger Federer called the most beautiful tennis court in the world at the Sheats Goldstein House. Life is about art and joy for us, which ultimately means art/design/food/drink. And of course the next morning we’d work/dance it out with Jeffrey Adams (@jeffreyadamsfitness) and take a legendary spin class with David Zint (@spinvillain) so we can do it all over again. Some next stops, HMS Bounty in Koreatown, hiking in Griffith Park, Venice Beach Wines, a movie at Hollywood Forever, the Tiki Bar at Clifton’s, an art tour with LA art advisor, Wendy Posner (@posnerfinearts), renting a pontoon boat with friends, and a concert at the Greek Theatre.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
First, we want to recognize Nicole Hollis (@nicolehollissf), interior designer extraordinaire, for seeing us from the beginning and being such a massive inspiration for us over the years. Also, we dedicate our Shoutout to all the human rights warriors, past and present, who have and continue to sacrifice so much so that we can live as freely as we do now. As we see, equality is never a done deal. There’s always more work to be done, there’s always more learning and communicating and advocating. We hope by putting ourselves and our work out there, with love as our greatest guiding force, that we can do our part to make the world a more beautiful and welcoming space for people from all walks of life.
Photo of us two w margaritas: Photographer Flaminia Fanale Photo of our 5 story mural: Photographer Sarina Saletta Photo of our decorative screen: Photog: Sarina Saletta Photo of us working on blue piece: Photog: Lola Love Photo of us in front of Green, Gold, black, SIlver doors: Photog: Brook Gardner all additional photos by us.