We had the good fortune of connecting with Martine Ilana and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Martine, what is the most important factor behind your success?
I have made a formal commitment to my design work, business, and sustainability education, to be empowered with accurate technical information on how to approach new design problems and creative projects.
I have just launched a new sustainable jewelry brand named: LA LUNE https://lalunelove.com/
What should our readers know about your business?
Temescal Creative is an innovative and extremely resourceful Industrial design + Interior design firm. We offer clients strategic means to execute design projects in the most sustainable way possible, and importantly we are fun to work with! The name ‘Temescal’ is inspired by Los Angeles’ Temescal Gateway Park, where nature and time collide, while hiking up mountains, often giving one the space to dream up big ideas and create visions for the future.
I founded Temescal Creative as a culmination of my 20+ years working in the global design and manufacturing industries, including industrial design, fashion design, interiors, and architecture. I could not find ‘hands-on’ professional support for sustainable design projects that I personally wanted to get off the ground. Everyone that I encountered was providing theory & research on sustainable or eco-friendly design, but no firm offered the operational means needed to take a sustainable concept and execute its vision into reality (meaning creating something three-dimensional). No one knew much about or how to source non-toxic materials or the means to implement healthy materials into a product or build out. I realized that I could start ‘that company’ and help others just as I needed; As I have the depth of experience, wealth of knowledge, and importantly the drive to keep on moving forward until the best possible solution is sorted out for a client’s benefit and sustainability goals.
I am most proud of sustainably renovating two homes within 18 months. The 1st was built in 1955 and was uninhabited for 4 years; The 2nd was built in 1915! And the challenges that came with each were unique and exciting for me along with the General Contractor, Architects and each trade involved. Both projects turned out beautifully and despite the speed, the quality of the work was impeccable.
One of the most important lessons that I have learned as a business owner is that at the end of the day the relationships that one develops with peers, employees, vendors, clients, or anyone else connected to your business, is really the most important part.
The place that I have come to today business-wise, has been filled with twists and turns, many of which I could have never expected. There are two affirmations that I try to live by:
1: Show up
2: Have a Commitment to Passion
The 1st is about actually showing up both physically and emotionally to whatever professional or personal situation one has been presented. The 2nd is having a true commitment to ones’ craft and believing it is value, along with staying true to one’s intention and passion. Changes take place incrementally, so if you show up, do the work, and commit to your goals, life’s opportunities will present themselves!
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I am a West Sider! So love the following:
Best places to Eat:
Venice: Rose Cafe, Gjusta, Tasting Kitchen
Malibu: Cholada Thai, Reel Inn, Neptunes’ Net
Downtown: Grand Central Market for brunch
Temescal Gateway Park! (of course!)
Also Love Malibu Canyon Hikes
Modo Yoga Venice
Venice Beach: Best People watching
Playa Del Rey Beach is amazing
Huntington Library in Pasedena
Ojai: Ojai Valley in and Spa
Big Sur: Deetjens Hotel
The downtown flower market
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My family is incredibly supportive! Being a twin mom makes things interesting every day while I juggle the demands of owning my own business with the priorities of my children. Knowing that how I choose to spend my time professionally will reflect on my kids’ future is really important to me and motivates me to ‘do better’ for them.
When I was 19 years old, I founded a watch and jewelry brand, and it was simply the support and excitement from my family and friends that carried my motivation through years of developing and growing that business. I have clear memories of a Holiday season back in 2009 when the economy crashed and many of my friends had been let go from their jobs at that time, but I needed help packing and wrapping up orders! Without even asking, they could see how much work I had in front of me without enough hands to complete, and because they had time to offer, they each jumped in and showed up to my office every day to help wrap, pack, manage phones and do whatever it took to help me grow and maintain that season’s holiday craze. It was a lesson in selflessness and support that I will never forget and have tried to offer my own time to others in this way.
There is also a book that I Love which exposed me to the concept of evaluating the size versus quality of a business called: “Small Giants: Companies that chose to be great instead of big”. This concept of quality instead of quantity has carried through my own companies’ values and ethos.
© Christopher Payne/Esto & Temescal Creative