For as long as he can remember, Brendan Sowersby has been making things. But, after getting his MFA at CalArts and eventually deciding solo art shows weren’t his thing—“I never liked the attention,” he laments—he opened up a woodshop where he and his business partner, Will Rollins, started creating custom furniture and cabinetry for high-profile Los Angeles clientele.
When the recession hit in 2008, Brendan and Will—who studied at Cooper Union and has a background in sculpture—decided to shift their focus from L.A.’s rich and famous to, well, people like us on the hunt for furniture, lighting, and small home goods. Their minimalist, Japanese modernism-inspired enterprise, 100xbtr, is manufactured out of their eco-conscious fabrication facility in Alhambra (where Brendan’s wife Annabel Inganni of the Of a Kind favorite Wolfum also produces!). “All our parts are made digitally, but we still retain the warmth and soulfulness of a handmade piece. A human hand has always touched the product,” Brendan explains. “Our pieces are sculptural, and you can have an intense dialogue with it if you want. Or, you can also just sit in it.” —erica