The Designer: Laurel Consuelo Broughton
December 2, 2013
I’m supposed to be shopping for others… I had every intention of doing just that when visiting the online shop of WELCOMECOMPANIONS, but in typical holiday shopping fashion, I became distracted by items that would look fabulous on my person.
And then, I became inspired, and determined to find out more about Laurel Consuelo Broughton; the woman behind the collection of beautifully crafted accessories and objects for everyday play. Turns out, it’s no surprise that the girl who shares her story with these few images has the imagination and talent to create unique treasures that would look fabulous on any person…
where are you from?
I grew up at the beach in Santa Monica.
what did you want to be when you were a kid?
I think alternated between wanting to be a Writer and wanting to be an Architect, mostly because my favorite past-times were reading, re-organizing my doll houses, and looking for what I imagined to be the ideal homeless homes in nooks and crannies around the city as I rode around in the car with my parents.
what do you do now?
I’m a designer with a background in comparative literature and architecture— not so far off from what I imagined as a kid. I have a design studio and work at a bunch of different scales from the house to the hairpin. I also design a line of accessories called WELCOMECOMPANIONS and teach seminars / design studios in an architecture school here in Los Angeles.
what do you love about your job?
I love that it’s something I can incorporate into all parts of my life. I get to hang out and see things in the world or hear an idea and those things become part of the material that I work with.
what’s your other dream job?
how did your family influence your career path?
My mother is a photographer who is always drawn to beautiful but quotidian things and my father has an environmental consulting firm, so I suppose I was surrounded by ideas about how our environment affects and shapes who we are.
what was it like at the dinner table when you were a kid?
I think my childhood dinner table experience was constantly in flux, my parents separated when I was pretty young and so the dinner table was always changing between the two of them. I do remember that at one point my brother and I refused to eat at the table because we wanted to watch Star Trek on TV. Why we won the dispute, I’m not sure.
who’s closet, past or present, would you raid?
Can I do characters? Anne Hall of course. And then probably the wardrobe of Faye Dunaway in Bonnie and Clyde and Chinatown. I love the 30’s and 40’s by way of the 70’s.
what are your favorite online stores?
I prefer to actually see things in person but I would say Creatures of Comfort’s website is always a great resource.
what do you collect?
I’m a great starter of collections so I have lots of collections that consist of only a few things…
Vintage Teaspoons from the Waldorf Astoria
Japanese Sampuro (food samples)
Old How-to Manuals
Visit WELCOMECOMPANIONS website to find the items on my wishlist plus so much more!!