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Architectural Digest

Bradley L. Bowers

New Orleans

This rising star credits his creative calling to a childhood hobby. “I became obsessed,” Bowers recalls of origami and its endless shapes. That fascination would eventually lead him to the Savannah College of Art and Design, where he immersed himself in visual culture. “I wanted to learn about all the names I was unfamiliar with,” he recalls. Stumbling upon a jewelry collection by now hero Frank Gehry was a particular eye-opener. “I was like, wait, architects can do that? It kept me going. I realized titles are meaningless.” Today, Bowers is blurring boundaries himself. Based out of a former auto shop in Marigny/Bywater, his avant-garde practice recently conceived interiors for the sleek NYC speakeasy La Noxe (pictured), all the while designing everything from lanterns to earrings. Long gone are the paper-crane days, but a love of discovery remains: “I want to explore as much as possible,” says Bowers. “It is the act of bringing something to life that intrigues me.” —Sophia Herring