This Place Is Straight-Up Eye Candy

Photographed by Julia Stotz.
A modern-day Warhol-esque art factory? It exists — and it's hidden right smack in the middle of Los Angeles. We're talking about Natural Curiosities, a massive warehouse filled with incredibly talented, professional artists creating spectacular pieces and where every nook and cranny boasts super-stunning eye candy.
Founded 10 years ago by Christopher Wilcox, the art house is well known among interior designers and store owners for selling handmade, beautiful, and aesthetically pleasing pieces. But, now, for the first time, the artist collective is about to make itself known to just about everyone when it launches retail this fall.
So, while we patiently wait for that, we decided to give you a sneak peek of the pure magic produced in this old recreational facility. Click through to check out the whimsical space and read Wilcox's thoughts on the future of the company. Yeah, your office just can't compete.
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What is Natural Curiosities?
“Natural Curiosities is a lifestyle brand that we are developing based in Echo Park. It covers four elements: music, fashion, art, and design. All of the ideas are designed by myself — but I have a team of 27 artists who help me facilitate the projects and evolve and discover."
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How would you describe the brand’s aesthetic?
"The aesthetic is modern, antiquarian — it’s very much a California brand."
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How does nature play into the art the company’s producing?
“Nature is very much the backbone of the company. A lot of the art we make that is within the elements of music, fashion, art, or design is driven from wanting to rebrand nature. I feel that nature is very much needing a revamp — a rebranding that shows nature in ways that make it current to the minds of people today.”
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Is this the adult version of Neverland?
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Explain what you mean by "rebranding nature"?
"Anything to celebrate the power of nature and what’s right in front of us. I don’t see that being taught in schools or talked about enough. I see the food chain being destroyed. Natural Curiosities is a lifestyle philosophy; it’s about seriously making time to think about the power of nature and communicate that."
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We stared at this wall for at least 20 minutes.
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Is everything you produce done in-house?
"Everything is made here. Nothing is done overseas — I just don’t believe in it. I think it’s totally mad."
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Some serious knot-tying going on here!
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There’s something so freeing about the space and reminiscent of childhood.
“That’s exactly what it’s all about. I grew up in a very rural part of England, and as a child, the power I got from walking along the beach and finding treasures — it’s all about discovery.”
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What's the most exciting thing happening with Natural Curiosities right now?
"We’re launching a retail face of the company in September. We’ve been wholesale for 10 years, and now we’re about to begin retail. We’re pretty well known in the art and design world, and now we're really looking to be known on a more global level."
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Why is it important to relaunch the company now?
"Now, we’re 10 years into it and it’s time to say hi to the world and show them what we’ve got."
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Everything about this space feels so inspiring. What was important to you when you were initially looking for a workplace to house the company?
"I choose an old recreation building as our workspace. Therefore, there’s 80 years of people having a good time. And, that’s what we feed on. It’s a multi-creative thinking energy.”
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Natural Curiosities T-shirts? Yes, please!
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What's the best way to go about getting a job at Natural Curiosities?
“Come see me! I’m not one of those people who’s hard to connect with. Just come see me.”
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Each swatch more stunning than the last.
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What do you think is the major benefit for doing everything in-house?
"Well, we're a design house ultimately. Our ideas are homegrown in the studio. There are no shareholders that are overseeing the process. That’s what allows us the freedom to make mistakes and let ideas come from them."
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What do you look for when hiring new employees?
"There’s pointless logic in employing someone who isn’t completely content with what they're doing. We know what we’re doing here, and we are a community. And, that community is extremely essential to our creative process."
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A mandala-like design created using real dried flowers.
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No wall space goes unused here.
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Now that you're becoming a business that's open to the public, how do you hope to be conceived by the public?
"One, that there’s a really cool place to buy art that is very much in tune with where we are in the world today by using nature as an aesthetic backbone. And, two, we’re also just here to celebrate a new aesthetic."
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