Christopher & Javier's "Mid-C Techno-Industrial" Loft

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Name: Christopher and Javier
Location: Downtown Los Angeles, California
Size: 1,345 square feet
Years lived in: 4 months

Christopher and Javier's loft could be mistaken for an underground nightclub - the bright/neon paint colors, turntables, music collection, LED lighting, and an overall dark, moody space. I thought I was missing the coolest house party in downtown, but it turns out they host more dinner parties than dance offs. With a large dining room table and island seating, Christopher loves to spend time cooking up a storm in the kitchen and entertaining guests.

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When Christopher and Javier first looked at the loft apartment, it was in a very raw state and needed a lot of work including adding additional lighting and laying flooring to cover up a patch of rough concrete. Christopher says, "It took a bit of convincing Javier that this was going to be a great apartment, but he reluctantly saw my vision after laying it out for him."

Javier and Christopher were determined to transform their raw space into a home in a very short period of time. The weekend and after work dedication paid off and now they can relax just a bit and enjoy their space.

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Apartment Therapy Survey:

Our Style: Mid-Century techno-industrial

Inspiration: I've lived in all types of Los Angeles housing except for a loft. It was time! Suburbia was a little too slow.

Favorite Element: The space! It's an open floor plan loft, but the layout lends itself to how the space will be used.

Biggest Challenge: There was very little storage space, so we had to work a lot in figuring out where it made sense to add shelving, etc. Visio and a lot of measuring and scale diagrams made it possible to get everything beforehand, so we weren't figuring it out when we got here.

What Friends Say: Most people are impressed by the amount of work that was accomplished in under a month. We toiled night and day throughout March to get everything just right (but we're always changing things around).

Biggest Embarrassment: In a couple of storage spaces, things are a bit untidy. At least they are hidden well!

Proudest DIY: The shelving unit in the dining room, laying the floor in the bedroom / bathroom, running electrical lines, boxes and switches, and painting every single wall in the place (Javier did most of it, as I injured my shoulder two nights before moving in).

Biggest Indulgence: It's a toss-up between the technology and some of the Eames / Nelson furniture pieces.

Best Advice: Measure twice, cut once. When planning out a space, it's very important to get things right the first time. Don't rush!

Dream Source: I wish I could have the MOMA furniture collection to pick and choose from!

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Resources of Note:

FURNITURE

  • Eames lounge chair and ottoman - cherry/black, 50th anniversary edition: DWR
  • Eames molded plywood lounge chair - red paint: DWR
  • Eames desk multi-color: DWR
  • Ultra Series Drafting Table: Blick
  • Eero Saarinen Executive chair w/ tubular leg (Craigslist tip from Apartment Therapy!): Knoll
  • Axis Leather 2-seat sofa: Crate And Barrel
  • Sapien Bookcase - Tall: DWR
  • Noguchi Table - Black: DWR
  • Hemnes sofa table - Black-brown: Ikea
  • Silverado rectangular dining table (2): CB2
  • 1006 Navy side chair by Emeco - brushed (4): DWR
  • 111 Navy side chair by Emeco - Persimmon (4): Emeco
  • Window seat white counter-height barstool (2): CB2
  • Felix white counter-height barstool (2): Crate&Barrel
  • Gorm shelving units / Anno Amorf panel curtains - to size: Ikea
  • Iron stacking wine racks (6): Container Store

ACCESSORIES

  • George Nelson Sunflower Clock: DWR
  • Strikt boxes - dark blue: Ikea
  • Kasset boxes - black: Ikea

BEDS

  • Mattress: Simmons Beauty Rest Black Dafne - King w/box spring: Sit'nSleep
  • Headboard: Morocco Headboard - Chocolate: West Elm
  • Duvet: Acacia (king) by Calvin Klein Home: Macy's

FLOORING

  • Bathroom/bedroom: Allure dark bamboo vinyl flooring: Home Depot

RUGS & CARPET

  • Living room: Scarlet rug: Crate&Barrel

PAINT
All Sherwin-Williams paints:

  • Living Room: Tanager / Sand Dune
  • Hall: Sand Dune
  • Kitchen / Dining Room: Daredevil / Martian (Valspar color formula)
  • Bathroom: Rugged Suede (Valspar color formula)
  • Bedroom: Cornflower Blue (Valspar color formula) / High Noon (Valspar color formula)

WINDOW TREATMENTS

  • Anno Sanela Panel curtains (Brown, grey in kitchen): Ikea
  • Designview faux wood blinds - various sizes (Bedroom): Home Depot

LIGHTING

  • George Nelson Lotus floor lamps - Large: Room&Board
  • George Nelson Saucer lamp - Large: Hive
  • Tripod lamp: CB2
  • Mathmos Airswitch 1 lamps
  • Dioder LED Light strips - Multi-color: Ikea
  • Dioder LED Light strips - White: Ikea
  • Troy 3 Mini-Pendant: Home Depot

ARTWORK
Peter Saville:

Charley Harper:

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Thanks Christopher and Javier!

Images: Bethany Nauert

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