Alchemy has been in business in Los Angeles for over 20 years. Co-founded by current CEO Steve Weinstock and another artist as a glass artist’s studio, the business has evolved through the years to a design-focused workshop for modern bathroom sinks and furniture. In the early days, Alchemy was focused on creating glass lighting fixtures with local designers and architects. Steve’s travels during this time took him to inspiring glass ‘hotspots’ worldwide for inspiration. After expanding into tableware one architect asked if Alchemy could drill a hole in one of the bowls and turn it into a sink. It was a hit. After refining the product it was showcased in a Los Angeles design house and featured in bathroom showrooms. At the time, in the early 90s, under-mount installations were the primary, if only, choice in the bathroom. Additionally, bathrooms weren’t seen as a room to be designed, but strictly a functional space. Creating a sink as an object of design at that time made as much sense as making an aesthetically pleasing toilet. Alchemy was at the forefront of the shift to bathrooms as a designer space in the late 80s. Today Alchemy aims to design and produce functional bathroom pieces that are also pieces of art. As always, all Alchemy products are manufactured in Los Angeles and today Alchemy is located in the renovated Helms Bakery building in Culver City, CA.
Why the Name Alchemy?
One definition of the word alchemy is “a power or process of transforming something ordinary into something special.” At Alchemy we identify with this sentiment so strongly. Before going into the oven our sinks start out brown and rather unattractive before transforming into a spectacular kaleidoscope of color. One of the best parts of our job is opening the ovens to see what we get.