Fine artist and creative director Bari Ziperstein, known for her unique ceramics, recently debuted a new 9,000-square-foot showroom and studio in Los Angeles, California. The new space houses everything from development to fulfillment for the Bari Ziperstein Studio, which includes BZIPPY, BZ Collectible Design, and Bari Ziperstein’s fine art. For the office and showroom spaces, Ziperstein collaborated with Los Angeles-based design firm FOSS HILDRETH, resulting in a colorful and creative design that complements the art produced.
Including expanded space for all facets of the business like a production floor, glaze department, eight kilns, photography studio, and an inventory and fulfillment warehouse, the new space has a private office for Ziperstein, a kitchen, break room for staff and visitors, a sales office, and client meeting space – all brought to life by FOSS HILDRETH. The designers looked to Ziperstein’s work and her aesthetic and translated that into a creative environment that’s still practical for a ceramics studio.
Italian acrylic furniture, something Ziperstein loves, and 60s and 70s lighting decorate the space, while also being easy to clean. Select pieces from Gae Aulenti, Joe Colombo, and Vico Magistretti, are paired with custom work by Los Angeles-based furniture studio Waka Waka, as well as work from Gaetano Pesce, Charlotte Perriand, Charles Pollock, Charles and Ray Eames, Mario Bellini, Dan John Anderson, Danny Kaplan, Michael Felix, Kalon Studios, Calico Wallpaper, and plants by POPDIRT LA.
“It has long been a dream of mine to grow the studio space in a way that sustainably nurtures all three aspects of my practice,” said Ziperstein. “We are so excited to be able to offer our trade clients more custom options, experiment with new forms, collaborate with new partners, and more. I’m grateful to my team for their unceasing hard work and to FOSS HILDRETH for helping bring my vision to life.”
Layered throughout are BZIPPY pieces, including sconces in the sales office and hallway, tile for the kitchen backsplash, and bistro tables found in the entry area. There are also BZIPPY accessories and Ziperstein’s fine art within her office, a space she shares with her seven-year-old son, who has his own desk.
In addition to her own work, Ziperstein’s showcases pieces she’s collected from her peers, including Wayne Perry, Joanna Powell, Peter Lange, Antonio Adriano Puleo, Ian Riccardo, Grant Mudford, Peter Shire, and Matt Merkel Hess.
“Our objective was for clients to feel fully immersed in Bari’s world as they enter the studio. Surrounding visitors with her pieces and custom installations helps them better understand the possibilities of working with her,” says Luke Foss of FOSS HILDRETH. “Bari is known for her colorful glazes, so we injected bright, sophisticated hues throughout the offices and lounge space: worlds away from the production studio on the other side of the wall. It is also important that her staff feel excited and inspired by their work environment but that nothing is too precious for them to sprawl out on during their breaks.”
Ziperstein’s studio desk area is adorned with sculptures she’s made with her son, samples, and a planter by Wayne Perry.
One of Bari Silverstein’s latest designs is the Hex Vase by BZIPPY for Areaware. While typically fabricating only in clay, they chose to see what one of their pieces would look like in glass. The resulting vase features a Brutalist, geometric shape born from combining two BZIPPY designs, their signature Hex Planter and Hex Tower Vase. The glass gives way to a new transparency not seen in their clay work, creating a sculptural form that plays with light. The Hex Vase by BZIPPY is available in clear or grey glass here!
Photos by Laure Joliet.