We had the good fortune of connecting with Colin Cawthorne and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Colin, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
I spent a long time working odd jobs while applying to architecture firms. Years of applying for junior design positions, and rarely hearing back, or getting interviews that never went anywhere. While this was all happening, I started getting one off jobs to build small pieces of furniture, or to make cutting boards, pretty banal work. I saw it though as an opportunity to start designing and making things that I was proud of, objects or pieces of furniture that I would want to stand behind and call my own. I was lucky enough to be in a position to get my own studio space, which afforded me the time and space to really build my own business. Everything really grew from there.

Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
The first work I started doing with this business was actually landscaping. During the first year of Covid, my best friend and I started doing small to medium sized landscaping jobs. Primarily for friends of friends or family. In the end, that work wasn’t satisfying for either of us, it was really just a lot of digging. That experience though, was the first time I was working completely autonomously. We were our own bosses, we made our schedules. And after another year of trying to see what else I could do for myself, for my own business, I decided to focus on the passions and disciplines that I learned in school; that being design, in the forms of architecture, furniture, and objects.

LAG represents a multifaceted office; contextualizing architectural and aesthetic discourse into art and object — be it large scale intervention, or small scale device.

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?
I grew up in West LA, and I really love this part of Los Angeles. When people visit me, I like to take them around there, and where I live. To go play pool at the Cozy Inn. To go to the beach, whether its Venice, Santa Monica or Malibu. To go to Mitsuwa, and get some sushi or noodles.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I am very lucky to have many supportive friends and loved ones who have backed me in this journey. Primarily though, I need to single out my mom. She helped tremendously, along with my dad, to put me through Architecture school. And in more recent years, she has given me the space to build my studio out of her garage, something that otherwise would have seemed impossible.

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