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Journal

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

CONSORT DESIGN: MEET THE ARTIST

Desanka Fasiska

LUX / LODGE photo: Ryan Mosse

THANK YOU @CONSORTDESIGN FOR THE LOVELY BLOG POST! WE'VE REPOSTED IT HERE...

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
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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!

LUX / LODGE BEDROOM VANITY - PHOTO: RYAN MOSSE

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. 

DESANKA FASISKA DESIGNER OF LUX / EROS IN HER LUX / LODGE CERAMICS STUDIO - PHOTO: RYAN MOSSE
LUX/EROS HANDMADE CERAMICS

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!

LASTS:

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

DESANKA FASISKA DESIGNER OF LUX/EROS IN THE LUX/LODGE GARDEN - PHOTO: RYAN MOSSE