Darra's Wild Style Loft

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Name: Darra
Location: Downtown Arts District — Los Angeles, California

When I first walked into the 3,100 square foot space it was literally 4 walls. After finding asbestos in the 80 year old floor, the space was ripped down to the studs…

The beauty of working with the space was that it could be anything I wanted it to be. My design aesthetic is Mid-Century Eames modern meets Verner Panton. I like playful shapes and colors. I found that curves did a good job of softening the industrial space.

I wanted to maintain the loft feel, so I put in only 3 walls - none of which go all the way up to the exposed ceiling which allows light to enter the space from the eastern facing window wall. The major wall was done in stainless steel and glass to keep the industrial loft feeling alive.

My favorite part of the space is the kitchen and the master bath. The kitchen is a true loft kitchen in that it is open to the space on three sides. I used Syndecrete which is a green concrete composite for the countertops. The master bath houses a womb-like tub from Waterworks.

I added distressed wood floors (the asbestos in the loft made salvaging the old floor impossible) in a chocolate color to add additional warmth to the space.

Thanks, Darra!

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Janel Laban is the Executive Editor of Apartment Therapy and has been working here, at the dreamiest of dream jobs, since March 2006.

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