• When our friends at Nous Engineering invited us to join their beer-brewing competition, we decided to make a citrusy IPA using hand-picked local orange peels. We called it OM ÖL, using the Swedish word for ale. The result wasn’t just delicious, it was very on-brand! Yukie made an incredible woodblock for the logo and the label text felt pretty realistic. We bottled enough to toast our efforts a while later on our building's rooftop.

  • We're so fond of the Rendon Hotel in the Arts District that we had our last holiday party there.

  • The Architect's Newspaper profiled Omgivning as part of their "Studio Visit" series, addressing projects including the Sears Landmark, above.

  • Breaking down how our logo works: it's three shapes interacting with each other. We worked with Yummy Colours on this rebrand and the design of our website, and with Elliot Robinson on the logo animation. Site development is by Bean.

  • Ernie, Base, Darwin, Roxy (RIP), Rocky (also RIP).

  • In 2018, Morgan was recognized by the City of LA for his years of work on the Bringing Back Broadway initiative.

  • Maybe you already thought of Ernie as a star? Well, this article makes it official.

  • Came across some original blueprints for the CalEdison, from when it was home to the Southern California Edison Company.

  • In 1987, U2 was pretty much the biggest band in the world when they took over an intersection just north of our office for a semi-impromptu rooftop concert. You can see our projects Dearden's and Hotel Cecil, AND our office, in this incredible video.

  • Our winningest interiors project is currently Don Francisco's Casa Cubana, in downtown's Spring Arcade Building. In 2018, the project won top honors from the LA Business Council, the IIDA, and the AIA LA. For that last one, we won the People's Choice Award for restaurant design, as accepted by Norella Carboni during the Dwell on Design conference. Thanks to our clients, the Gaviña family, for being such great collaborators!

  • LA Downtowner gives Bar Franca the lovely photos it deserves!

  • Many years ago, in response to a call for content by HGTV, we made some videos showing the design work Karin had put into her downtown loft. This one is of her son, Arik. None of this went to air, but Arik’s squeaky kid-voice lives on forever.

  • Published in 2017, Adaptive Architecture: Changing Parameters and Practice looks at how designers like ours are helping the field evolve. Our founder co-wrote a chapter, "Transforming Historic Icons Through Adaptive Reuse," discussing our work at the Sears Landmark Building and Broadway Trade Center.

  • Our 2018 staff retreat took us up the coast for 3 days in Big Sur. Highlight: a roving potluck across our four campsites! Hearst Castle is okay too.

  • Our office got a tour of the LA Times' downtown printing facility before the Times moved to El Segundo in 2018.

  • We had our 2017 Holiday Party at a brand-new project of ours for Don Francisco's Coffee, in the Spring Arcade Building.

  • From our 2016 staff retreat to Joshua Tree.

  • Incredible porte-cochère at Bullock's Wilshire, seen on a tour we scored for the office.

  • That time in 2015 when we won the AIA's Emerging Practice award and tried (not very hard) not to get obscenely excited.

  • Karin Liljegren was one of the prime movers in the effort known as Bringing Back Broadway, covered by NBC LA back in 2013.