By Marin Preske
It's easy to wonder if there’s anything designer Shlomi Haziza doesn’t do. Under the umbrella of his company, H Studio, he turns out sleek console tables and modern sofas, jewelry and neckties, paintings and sculptures. There’s even a selection of indoor waterfalls. It’s an impressive yield, made more so given that everything (save for his rug line) is crafted—by hand—in an industrial stretch of Sun Valley, right outside the North Hollywood arts district. H Studio’s headquarters comprise 100,000 square feet of showroom space, offices and several buzzing workshops. And this July Haziza expanded his local presence with a pop-up art gallery Downtown.
“I’ve always been involved with making things,” says the Israeli-born Haziza. At 15, he ran a small, thriving studio in his native Haifa, creating personalized sculptures out of ocean rocks. In 1990—as a newcomer to LA—he headed up a Venice Beach art gallery. With his distinct blend of initiative and artistry, it was only a matter of time before Haziza constructed a miniature design empire for himself.
Haziza may be the eye behind H Studio’s contemporary aesthetic, but he’s just as enamored with engineering as he is with form. “I don’t think about design first,” he says. “I think about materials and technique.” It’s why he’s made his specialty working with acrylic—as unforgiving and challenging a medium as they come. Add to that a penchant for abstract shapes in vibrant candy colors, and it’s understandable why many of Haziza’s products are custom ordered. Call it an ideal merging of art and commerce.
PHOTOGRAPHS BY BETH COLLER
Fashion shoot: December 2013 issue of Los Angeles Confidential magazine.