A “Danish Tropical” Loft in Downtown LA

updated Apr 30, 2019

A “Danish Tropical” Loft in Downtown LA

updated Apr 30, 2019
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Name: Puno and Daniel Chin Yee, and cat’s name is Muad’Dib
Location: Fashion District, Downtown Los Angeles
Size: 1500 square feet
Years lived in: 6 months, renting

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Puno and Daniel have only lived in this loft for six months, but they’ve been eyeing for it for years thanks to friends who used to live here. When those friends finally decided to move, Puno and Daniel swooped right in. And knew exactly what they wanted to do with this amazing space. Since they both work from home and work together, this loft was ideal for both entertaining friends as well as getting some serious work done in the office (that has floor-to-ceiling windows). As Puno says, “We love having people over to co-work (our internet is FAST) and the other day we had a BYO cereal brunch.”

I can’t explain Puno and Daniel any better than they explain themselves:

“We met at the University of Texas in Austin in 2004. Fast forward to 2011: We rode our bikes to the Beverly Hills Courthouse from Venice, got hitched, then had a three-day party in Palm Springs at the Fred Lowe Estate. Woo!

At the end of 2013 we both quit our jobs and decided to do something on our own. He’s a programmer; I’m a designer. We built a beautiful community of travelers called Madewithmap first, then pivoted to build PeopleMap.co (an Instagram Marketing Tool), and along the way I built ilovecreatives.com after meeting so many creatives. These past three-ish years we’ve learned so much about how we want to live everyday and how our business (or how we make the monies) needs to accommodate that.”

Apartment Therapy Survey:

Our Style: Danish Tropical. As our friend Brad says, “Raindrop Dane Trop.”

Inspiration: Our friend and architect, Tyler Thomas for exposing me to Milo Baughman, and Jonathan Lo of Happy Mundane, who introduced me to Retro Futurism. Also, Sight Unseen kills me.

Favorite Element: The custom set in our office by Alice and Grace Yoon of Grey & Elle. I’ve started making videos on YouTube and I’ve been dreaming about having a set at home. Working with Alice made me feel like literally anything is possible.

Biggest Challenge: Getting the lighting right in terms of the color and positioning. Daniel found Soraa lights and I swear, they are the best color. We did lighting tests with LEDs and it’s amazing how much more natural Sorra’s are.

What Friends Say: “Did you get more plants?!”

Biggest Embarrassment: The litter box when it has a “present” in it. Why aren’t there more interesting litter boxes?

Proudest DIY: The cabinets. Daniel bought a saw and some MDF from Anderson Plywood, then handmade the cabinets. That’s really understating how much work he did. He also figured out how we could cover the island without ruining it when/if we move. I painted?

Biggest Indulgence: The custom sofa from Total Design Furniture although it was really affordable in the grand scheme of things. We ended up paying about $3K to get it made.

Best Advice: We worked with Leah Ring of Another Human in the beginning and she was a major proponent of going custom and helped us figure out how to get there. If you can, go custom — or at least explore the option.

Dream Sources: Full set of Heath Ceramics, a large photo gallery of Daniel, Muad’Dib and I at White Sands National Park in our hallway, custom acrylic litter box tower for Muad’Dib, and a Mini Crescent Light from Future Perfect. Really just everything on Future Perfect.


Behr — Citrus Delight for the bedroom
Spring Bouquet for the set
Ultra Pure White for the cabinet

Troika Mirror (Maple) — MFEO
Hue lights
Anjelica Huston Print — I made this and the frame is from a vintage shop in Venice
We found the marble stand in our trash area. 😛
Globes — AllModern.com

Sofa — Total Design Furniture
Align Daybed Bench — MENU
Lamp — Formerly Yes
Tenon Mirror — Ume Studio
Gardener Boy Smells Candle — Poketo
Plants — Harry Mayesh of HM Plants
Rug — esalerugs
Cabinets and Shelves — Tyler Thomas and IKEA
Rabbit — Sootcookie
Disco Ball Kettle Bell — Wonky
I made the rug and the plant stands.
KEF Q100 bookshelf speakers — KEF

Eyeball Sequin Headpiece — Jessica Pezalla of Bramble Workshop
Naoto Fukasawa’s MUJI CD Player
Alix Spence Print of the Women’s March — Spacey Studios

Milo Baughman Table — Deja Vu Decors
Hay Kaleido Trays — A+R
Arch Floor lamp – Revivals Palm Springs
Plants and Pots — Harry Mayesh of HM Plants
Koeckritz Gray Rug — Amazon
The brown dining chair was from the DABS MYLA exhibition called Before and Further, a 4,000 square foot installation takeover of a stand-alone 1930 built Spanish Revival workplace building, located on the Modernica factory property. Ilovecreatives hosted one of their opening parties there and we got a personal tour with the artists!
The Black Candlestick Holders were a super cheap find from Moskatels in DTLA.

Bread Print by Maria Troconis of Grafikisto — printed on Canvas by Pictorem
Simple Human Rose Gold Trash Can — Amazon
Muji Kettle — Muji Santa Anita
Iittala Glassware — Need Supply
Kaico Horo White Sauce Pan — Amazon

Print by Anastasia Greer — The Boys Club
Salle de Bain Large — Ume Studio
MENU Lamp — Formerly Yes
Bedding — Matteo
Candle — Svensko
Rug — Esale Rugs

Game of Thrones Poster by Darrin Crescenzi
Coogee Beach Shower Curtain by Miranda Lorikeet — Society6Studio
Arhoj Ghost — Wittmore
Set Design by Alice and Grace Yoon of Grey & Elle
MENU Mirror — Formerly Yes
Cold Picnic Rug
Dinosaurs — Rose Bowl
StudioDesk and StudioDesk XL by BlueLounge —A+R
Thatsit Balans by Varier — fully

Thanks, Puno and Daniel!

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