The
CalArts Alumni Magazine

Andrea Claire ’98

Andrea Claire ’98 says, “I’m a licensed architect, a widely exhibited artist, and a surfer. In 2010, after working for some A-list designers such as Frank Gehry, Vito Acconci, and the Rockwell Group, I decided to break out on my own. Inspired by the ‘invented geometry’ of my abstract paintings, I did research and development on my signature shape, the polyhedron, for about a year. The original polyhedron was designed in both 3-D and model form, and made of wood and bamboo. In the spring of 2011 I launched my eponymous, sustainably minded lighting design business, Andrea Claire Studio. I began slip casting the polyhedrons with high-fire porcelain and, with orders pouring in, the studio began a collaboration with Nymphenburg Porcelain in Munich, Germany, where the porcelain pieces are now fabricated. Andrea Claire Studio has become a trusted partner to interior designers and architects all over the world. Our clients include the Rosewood Hotel Hong Kong, Jean-Louis Deniot, Robert A. M. Stern, and Victoria Hagan. We work closely and personally with clients, the studio tailors’ dimensions, colors, and materials to suit the needs of each particular space and client. With studios in both Brooklyn, NY, and Los Angeles, CA, my talented team carefully hand-fabricates sculptural lighting pieces intended to last generations.”