Telemachus Studio
Consistent through all of our work is the understanding that design is a conceptual exercise. With each project, we seek to build an appropriate conceptual framework for the project to respond to, hopefully embedding the ideals of the project within its design.
Melynda Eccles and Carl Smith have been working together in a scholastic capacity since September of 1995. At that time, as students in the environmental design program at Cal Poly Pomona, an off campus industrial space was rented and dubbed “Telemachus Studio”. Shared between several art and architecture students, this studio created an environment conducive to free experimentation with various materials, mediums, and methods of work. After college, in 1997, Telemachus Studio evolved substantially. It studio became a professional partnership of three of its founding members (including Mathew Chaney). They completed a diverse portfolio of website and graphic design, environmental graphics and architecture projects.
As of 2010, Telemachus Studio is now a partnership of Melynda Eccles and Carl Smith. Currently in collaboration with Los Angeles architect, William Adams, and Los Angeles Sculptor, John O’Brien, Telemachus Studio is actively working on a wide array of architectural projects, public art, fabrication and design.
The story of Telemachus: The name Telemachus is taken from Homer’s The Odyssey. Telemachus was the son of Odysseus and Penelope. Telemachus and his father were separated by Odysseus’ reluctant departure for the Trojan War. Twenty years later, Telemachus was one of the few who believed in his father’s survival, and sought to protect Odysseus’ kingdom from those that would corrupt it. Eventually, Telemachus set out to find his father and in doing so embarked on a symbolic quest for truth, a quest for self. In turn, we hope to be that modern day Telemachus; our investigations into architecture, art and practice becoming our metaphoric quest for self.