Beyond the Art District of downtown Los Angeles, an art renaissance is taking place in a Huntington Park warehouse. Casa Medici Designs' unassuming warehouse blends into the bland background of an industrial area of Huntington Park made up of rows upon rows of white and beige warehouses. Beyond its stark outer exterior,Casa Medici's workspace houses a body of work that could rival any gallery off of the 405.
Once upon a time,Casa Medici was initially a company that manufactured mannequins. When Tal McAbian took over the business six years ago,he reinvented the business and gave himself a whole new education on resin and fiberglass. Now,"Casa Medici Designs is both a custom and manufacturing house specializing in the design and fabrication of contemporary architectural elements...and accessories and furnishings made of polyurethane resin,"faux cement" and resin-laminated fiberglass."
The process of creating and fabricating resin is anything but easy. It's time consuming, not to mention expensive. McAbian doesn't allow art lovers and interior designers to be deterred by these details. Through his work, McAbian shows consumers how resin is timeless, customized, stunning pieces of artwork.
McAbian's portfolio has been seen by millions. His work adorns the interiors of the W Hotel in Los Angeles and New York City, Caesars Palace Hotel and Casino, and The Cosmopolitan Hotel & Resort. Perhaps his most well known work is the home of Minecraft creator, Markus Persson. The Beverly Hills home sold for a record $70 million US after Perrson outbid Jay Z and Beyonce. Every square inch of the home has been thought out and crafted. A custom resin bathtub can be found in one of the home's many bathrooms. Illuminated resin u-channels rest beneath skylights. Even something as simple as planters were not overlooked. The home is simply one big piece of art.
McAbian doesn't merely add to the decor of a space. He blurs the lines between the art world and the interior design world. For many, the two have clear boundaries. They are separated by definition, craftsmanship, material and function. Yet, walking through his warehouse and looking at the furnishings and accessories he has created, at first glance it's difficult for any art collector to determine if they are looking at a piece made of resin or an abstract painting.The hues of different colors dance together. They harmonize in texture,each taking its own unique shape. Casa Medici's work makes the eye wander with the same excitement as it does at an art gallery.