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The LUX / EROS blog is a journal inspired by the California lifestyle curated by Desanka.


Desanka Fasiska

LUX / LODGE photo: Ryan Mosse


Consort: What inspired you to start your own business?

Fasiska: I’ve always done better as my own boss. This is not my first own business rodeo. I had a clothing line called "Desanka" for about 6 years - I tried working for other people, but whether it’s because I have a crazy ego or my attention span, it just does not work out well for me if I can't be the boss and dictate my own schedule and life. Although I do miss those regular paychecks and health insurance!

C: How did you choose the name LUX / EROS?

F: I started LUX / EROS as a creative community space out of my home, so I wanted to have a name that evoked light and love. So I named it LUX (light) and EROS (god of love).

C: What first drew you into the world of ceramics?

F: I started doing it as a hobby when I worked in fashion because it was the exact opposite of the fashion world. Messy, dirty and free!

C: We’re obsessed with the way your designs straddle earthiness and polish, sophistication and smile factor. What's your secret for striking the perfect balance?

F: I guess I'd have to say it comes from working in fashion for so long, where I had to be technical and think about customers and sales and matching and merchandising -  but really wanting to be a fine artist. I was forced into a more refined perspective, but my natural inclination is to more abstract and fluid. Once I left fashion and let myself become an artist and experiment with painting and ceramics, I still took with me the years of fashion school and the business of fashion and somehow it merged into what I do today.

Kiss Mug

C: How has your style evolved over the years?

F: I don't think it really has, I've just become more and more myself and the same style has just matured and refined.

C: How has your LUX / LODGE studio space impacted your designs and your business?

F: Having a studio in my home has been great for me. I work better from home and when I can stop and start, take breaks in my garden, avoid stress like traffic. It's done wonders for my productivity and quality of life. And now with a newborn, I couldn't do it any other way!


C: You are renowned for opening your LUX / LODGE to artist workshops and events. What impact has your role in the LA creative community had on your designs?

F: I don't know that I made any impact at all, but it was very fulfilling personally to connect with so many great people and open up my home for people to explore their creativity. 


C: What’s your design signature?

F: I think it's probably my neutral and earthy color palette, my "hand" and use of texture and motif. That has been a through line in my work when I was a fashion designer, illustrator/painter and now with ceramics.

C: What inspires you?

F: It’s super cliché, but art, nature, interior design/architecture and history are my biggest influences. Taking road trips and spacing out when I drive and listen to music in beautiful places, I get a lot of ideas.

C: What’s next for LUX / EROS?  Any exciting new content or projects on the horizon?

F: I’m launching 3 candles in the next couple months, and I have some really fun collaborations and partnerships in the works too! I'm putting a big focus on growing my business into a full home décor business with a robust e-commerce platform in the next couple years!


C: What was your last phone call?

F: My mom.

C: What was your last meal?

F: West African peanut chicken (Blue Apron is my jam).

C: When was the last time you were drunk?

F: Well, let's see... Rocky is 7 weeks old so like April of 2016?

C: What was the last emoji you used?

F: The poop emoji - because Trump.

C: When was your last vacation?

F: I take little road and day trips from time to time, but I have not had an actual vacation in at least 3 years. #smallbusinessowner


Participant Agreement and Acknowledgment of Risk Waiver and Release of Liability

In consideration of LUX / EROS, a California corporation, furnishing services to enable me to participate in one of its activities, I agree as follows: I fully understand and acknowledge that (a) culinary dinners and workshop activities have inherent risks, dangers and hazards, including but not limited to,those resulting from preparing and eating food and working with tools and appliances; (b) my participation in such activities is solely at my own risk and may result in death, injury, damages or illness; (c) these risks and dangers may be caused by the acts or negligence of the owners, employees, officers or agents of LUX / EROS, the acts or negligence of the participants, the acts or negligence of others, accidents, the forces of nature or other causes; (d) LUX / EROS activities cannot and will not accommodate for any disclosed or undisclosed food allergies I may have whether known or unknown; and (e) by my participation in these activities, I hereby assume all risks and dangersarising from my participation in the activity, including without limitation, cuts, burns, food poisoning, slipping and falling, any other personal injury, whether caused in whole or in part by the negligence or other conduct of the owners, employees, officers or agents of LUX / EROS, or by any other person. I declare that I am physically and mentally capable of participating in such activities. I acknowledge that it is the recommendation of LUX / EROS that I obtain general medical/health insurance if I am not already covered. I understand that it is my responsibility to notify the appropriate person at the event of emergency medical information. If alcoholic beverages are available at any LUX / EROS event and consumed by me, I agree that I am at least twenty-one (21) years old, and I agree that I will not operate a motor vehicle while intoxicated. I, on behalf of myself, my personal representatives and my heirs, hereby voluntarily agree to release, waive, discharge, hold harmless, defend and indemnify LUX / EROS and its owners, employees, officers and agents from any and all claims, actions or losses for bodily injury, property damage, wrongful death, loss of services or otherwise, which may arise out of my participation in LUX / EROS activities. I understand that LUX / EROS reserves the right to take photographic or film records of any of its activities, and hereby agree that LUX / EROS may use my name and any such photographic or film records for advertising and promotional purposes, including, but not limited to, online and on-air announcements, weekly circular ads, signage, posters, television, magazine articles, websites, social media sites (including, but not limited to, Facebook, Instagramand Twitter), and any other publication(s) at LUX / EROS’s sole discretion, worldwide and without limitation, and without compensation or consideration, except where prohibited by law. I agree to assign all right, title and interest I may have in or to any media in which my name or likeness might be used to LUX / EROS. I agree that the venue of any dispute between the parties that may arise out of this agreement or otherwise shall be Los Angeles, California.
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