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Issue #9

Material Lust, Conversation : Lauren Larson & Christian Swafford

Par Heather Mccalla - 10 mn

HEATHER MCCALLA IN CONVERSATION WITH LAUREN LARSON & CHRISTIAN SWAFFORD THE DUO SPARKING MATERIAL LUST PHOTOGRAPHY ANNE NICOLAJSEN

After cutting through Chinatown on a brutally hot September afternoon, I find myself at 195 Chrystie Street in Manhattan’s Lower East Side. For decades, this building has been a haven for New York City artists, flourishing and creating within the confines of its walls. It once served as an illegal residence to Talking Heads, where the then unknown rock band wrote and practiced songs in the mid-1970s.

I have a noon appointment with Lauren Larson and Christian Swafford, the owners and designers behind Material Lust, a growing line of high quality furniture, home goods, and a soon-to-belaunched home scent, not to mention interior design services. We’re meeting at the recently opened Annex on the top floor of 195 Chrystie. I blame this heat wave and a summer cold for being a few minutes late. Christian sips an iced coffee, while Lauren and I decidedly agr...