Name: Kyle Stanley
Location: Downtown Los Angeles, California
Size: 1,100 square feet (not including the balcony)
Years lived in: 3 years
New York interior designer Chris Cushingham returned to his old Los Angeles stomping grounds to help design another loft. You may remember seeing Chris' own downtown LA loft featured here a few years back. This new loft was designed for Dr. Kyle Stanley, a young dentist with a similar taste for industrial minimalism.
The challenge of loft living is always storage, so Chris and Kyle came up with a few solutions to make the loft more practical. Bike hoists in the kitchen and custom shelving around the loft helps keep the space clean and minimal. Vintage lockers in the bedroom give just a bit more storage space to make up for a lack of closets.
Apartment Therapy Survey:
My Style: When I first got this loft I was a bachelor. I spent a good amount of time with Chris Cushingham, my interior designer, discussing how we wanted to design the space. We share a similar predilection for clean, minimal, modern, and industrial spaces. I am a fan of interior design and Mid-Century modern architecture and I know what I do and don't like. Chris built on my interests and, with his professional input, my design aesthetic evolved over time. Also, I am a dentist, so there are a few nods to that, with the vintage dental chair and various dental instruments and artwork throughout the space.
Inspiration: The inspiration for the loft came from the raw/exposed elements of the building that were left over from the original occupants, the Packard Motor Car Company. There is an industrial feel to the space that is echoed in the decor.
Favorite Element: My favorite element of the loft and the most utilized piece of furniture is definitely the sofa that Chris and I designed. We wanted it to be a central element of the loft, while opening up the space and being practical. I wanted a sofa that two people could comfortably lay down on side by side, without their feet dangling off the end. When we first came up with the design, many people told us it was too large. Now, the sofa is one of the most talked about pieces that everyone loves.
Biggest Challenge: In designing my home — storage. We came up with some elaborate plans for a storage compartment that will be mounted to the ceiling on pulleys above the projector wall, but we haven't started that project yet.
What Friends Say: Everyone says "wow" when they walk in. Some people say it is a man cave and has a very masculine feel, which my fiancee laughs at. Everyone loves the projector on the wall that disappears when it's off.
Biggest Embarrassment: All the dog hair from our English bulldog, Butterball, can get annoying, but that is what the Roomba is for!
Proudest DIY: The cantilevered shelves and mini sofa table turned out great. Chris and I had a good time making and assembling them. We made a stop motion video of the assembly that showed it all coming together. The shelves are so clean and simple. The mini sofa table is really useful for drinks, remotes, etc. People comment on it all the time.
Biggest Indulgence: We ended up having Chris place a pretty big order with Herman Miller for various Eames chairs throughout the loft. That was the biggest indulgence, but I wouldn't change a thing. The chairs took everything to the next level and added some extra quality and timelessness.
Best Advice: Many times our designer, Chris, told me, "trust me," and every time he was right. The biggest one was convincing me to put the desk in the back of the loft away from the TV. He was right again! It turned out amazing, and now I have a relaxing place to do my work. Trust your designer and have fun with it. I helped build some of the pieces and even designed the sofa with Chris, so I have a great amount of pride in the finished product.
Dream Sources: If the Stahl house or Kaufmann house was closing and having a garage sale.
Resources of Note:
PAINT & COLORS
- Benjamin Moore - Temptation (grey walls in bedroom)
- Sofa designed in collaboration with Cush Design Studio and manufactured through (Sub)Urban Home
- Panasonic Home Theater Projector
- $1 garage sale armchair
- Vintage dental chair from Craigslist
- Bombshell planter and side table base - Rose Bowl Flea Market
- Shadowbox coffee table - Rose Bowl Flea Market
- Eames Molded Plywood dining chairs from Herman Miller
- Custom dining table base built by Evan Segota
- Industrial chandelier by Workstead
- Vintage Kudu taxidermy
- Shameless knockoff Tolix counter stools from Overstock.com
- Mossam Platform Bed by Croft House
- DIY bedside pendant lights
- Proof nightstands from CB2 (painted black)
- Swivel mirror by Cush Design Studio
- Eames Soft Pad management chair from Herman Miller
- Custom walnut pipe shelving and desk
- Eames Molded Plastic armchair with rocker base from Herman Miller
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