Jinsoo's Artful Artifice and Artifacts Loft

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Name: Jinsoo An
Location: Downtown Los Angeles, California
Size: 855 square feet
Years lived in: 2 years - rented

When I first met Jinsoo about a year ago, I suspected right off the bat wherever he called "home" would reveal a collector's spirit. My suspicions were proven true soon after becoming friends, bonding over a shared passion for food, the geometric, and technology. As an Experience Architect and Researcher at creative agency, Deutsch Inc., it came as little surprise his Downtown Los Angeles loft is as vibrant as his enthusiastic personality, the former industrial space warmed up by a collection of objects that caught his magpie eye for designs from today, yesterday...and sometimes seemingly from tomorrow.

My Style: Surreal mid-century modern with a hint of post-minimalism, themed around nature

Inspiration: Temples, gardens and alleyways in Gyeongju, Kyoto and Suzhou, Korean countryside landscape with trees and animals, 2001: A Space Odyssey, obsession with geometric design

Favorite Element: Vintage audio system and bookshelf with artifacts I've collected over the years

Biggest Challenge: Finding all the right pieces that represent who I am without burning a hole in my pocket. Also, the neutral colors on my walls and concrete floor made it difficult to create a feeling of warmth. Since repainting the walls wasn't an option, I ended up introducing some colors through art, decor and carpet to liven up the place.

What Friends Say: "How come everything in here is dead?" "I sorta feel like I'm in a modern version of Alice in Wonderland."

Biggest Embarrassment: I did my best to hide all the wires during the photoshoot, but they ARE everywhere! On the floor, on the wall and on the ceiling... In fact, some of the wires for the projector on the ceiling are attached using clear duct tape, because I couldn't get get some of the cord covers to stay on using adhesive pads and drilling or gluing was not an option.

Proudest DIY: Mounting the projector and projection screen on an impossible-to-drill concrete surface -- all on my own. I think I went through 7 or 8 diamond-tipped drill bits. Getting a huge deal on a decor or furniture and later realizing that it goes perfectly with my existing pieces. Those are happy moments...

Biggest Indulgence: The high ceiling with exposed beams makes me feel like I'm lounging around in a temple. I enjoy the feeling of being in an open space. I guess. It also adds a nice reverberation when I listen to music.

Best Advice: Be like a kid and follow your obsessions.

Dream Sources: Design You Trust, Materialicious, Yellowtrace, Archinect, Design Milk, ArcDaily, MoCo Loco, We Heart

Resource List:

LIVING ROOM

  • Couch - Room & Board
  • Audio System - Marantz
  • Speakers - Wharfedale
  • Fireplace - Brasa Avani
  • Coffee Table - Umbra
  • Bust - eBay
  • Origami Sculpture - Etsy
  • Console - Crate & Barrel
  • Wall Decals - Blik
  • Pillows - Amenity
  • Rug - Flor
  • Floor Lamp - CB2
  • Book Shelf - IKEA
  • Mobile - Wallter
  • Projector - Sanyo
  • Projection Screen - Amazon

DINING ROOM

  • Dining Table - CB2
  • Candleholders - CB2
  • Le Corbusier Tray - Fifth Floor

OFFICE

  • Stool - Luxxboxx
  • Desk - IKEA
  • Drawer - IKEA

BEDROOM

  • Bed - Room & Board
  • Duvet Cover - Amenity
  • Wall Decals - Blik
  • Floor Lamp - IKEA

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(Thanks, Jinsoo!)

Photos by Ester Sun

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