Presshaus LA believes that first impressions can be made with a piece of paper.
Presshaus LA fuses the classic craft of print into this millennium by executing modern design with vintage printing presses. Owner Kristine Arellano, a native to Los Angeles, learned this craft in Munich, Germany. Since establishing a studio in the basement of her “haus,” her portfolio of print work for designers and small businesses continues to grow and display her passion and expertise
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(2014) NUHR Studio created this short video showing the process of creating custom business cards.
(2012) A few years back Emma Dime and Wade Koch teamed up and for a studio tour. The house was still in framing, Bagel was still a puppy and I only had one press at the time.
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Why "haus," and not "house?"
We didn't pick this name to go along with the German trend of names just for kicks. During 2011, I lived in Munich, Germany for a year and learned the language, the culture and most importantly, how to print with a master printer and typographer Christa Schwarztrauber. As an apprentice in her print studio, the Fliegenkopf Werksttat, I learned the traditional method of typesetting without computers and plates. It was 100% analog with only metal and wood type.
To this day, I still try to keep my German language skills (it drives my husband crazy), and crave the German style beers and fine bread.
More info about Christa and the Fliegenkopf Werkstatt:
Why "haus" in the first place?
The house has been an epitome for the past few years. My husband and I are proud to have built our home from the ground up. It started as a tired 1930s bungalow and now has transformed into a one-of-a-kind parametric piece of architecture. We've moved half a dozen times during this build and now know plenty about construction and where to source all kinds of materials. Building a house is not for the faint of heart, but it reaps reward and fulfillment larger than the moon.
What kind of press do you use?
I have a Vandercook 4T, a Vandercook SP-15 and a Challenge 15 that is not yet up and printing. It's our most recent press that we're still cleaning up. On these 50+ year old presses, each sheet of paper is handfed one by one. It takes a little longer but I enjoy the involvement that each print requires.