Designers Adam Michaels and Shannon Harvey officially opened their brand new practice, Inventory Form & Content, IN-FO.CO for short, inside Richard Neutra’s one-time office in Los Angeles’ Silver Lake neighborhood last month.
They are ideal stewards for this gem of L.A. architecture and are set to inject the space with a fair bit of new creative energy thanks not only to their studio but with a planned slate of exhibitions, lectures, and events.
IN-FO.CO encompasses the established publishing imprint, Inventory Press, and also comes with a big baked-in legacy, as it is superseding their former practice, Project Projects. The work of the two designers is well-known for its cultural incisiveness and managing to always bridge the gap between beautiful and cerebral. Some of their most recent work includes a book of Lauren Greenfield’s Generation Wealth photographs and a positively gorgeous Ellsworth Kelly monograph for Phaidon. They’re also hard at work on the graphics, identity, and a book for “Dimensions of Citizenship,” the upcoming U.S. Pavilion at this year’s Venice Architecture Biennial.
Adam and Shannon warmly welcomed me into their new digs shortly after IN-FO.CO opened up shop. I had the run of the place with a camera for a bit, and then we talked about moving to L.A., design heroes, and what we might expect from their new endeavor.
“We really like that IN-FO.CO sounds like a public utility company, in the business of providing knowledge (i.e., an Information Company), which is in a way the essence of what we do.”