Sun Young's Historic Meets Modern Loft

Sun Young's Historic Meets Modern Loft

Bethany Nauert
May 16, 2011

Name: Sun Young
Location: Downtown — Los Angeles, CA
Size: 820 Square Feet
Years lived in: 1 ½ years — Own

Sun Young lives in a historic high rise converted loft building downtown. His warm stylish decor is minimally collected but beautiful in design. Not only does he have the most incredible view of the streets where the once popular LA theater district flourished, his restored building merges classical architecture with sleek modern fixtures.

The openness of the loft with its vaulted ceilings and a great airy vibe is perfect for showing off Sun's personal style in a uncluttered and relaxed way. He has amassed a collection of original artwork that is showcased throughout the loft, lining the clean white walls and complimenting the exposed brick. The old windows remain from the original floor plan, but when he moved in, Sun had them double paned for more modern effectiveness and quiet, while preserving the original look. Overall, I love that he has found so many ways to merge his cool metropolitan style with warm California accents.


Apartment Therapy Survey:

My Style: Modern minimalist with warm notes of whimsicality.

Inspiration: Neutra, Thomas Keller & Ferran Adria. Add David Horvath's playfulness, the movement and utter confidence of Svetlana Boginskaya, a touch of Tom Ford, and found objects that catch my eye.

Favorite Element: 100 year old 5x8 restored Mahogany windows that bring in a tremendous amount of natural light. They pretty much cover one entire side of the loft. The exposed brick wonderfully compliment the windows.

Biggest Challenge: Cleaning the windows!

What Friends Say: "The view is so cool, it looks like Superman is going to come flying around the corner."

Biggest Embarrassment: My closet in the living room. I throw anything and everything in there. Time for a closet make over!

Proudest DIY: On a road trip passing through Salt Lake City, I wandered into a downtown thrift store and bought four orange Eames fiberglass school desks for $25 each. Threw them in the back of my car and traveled half the country with them. Back in LA, I removed the orange fiberglass shells, took the desk legs to Modernica warehouse, and made an exchange for eiffel tower bases. I detached the original shock mounters, sanded them down and reattached them with industrial epoxy to fit the eiffel tower bases. I used these chairs for over 10 years, and when I finally redecorated, sold them for a very handsome profit.

Biggest Indulgence: Fried chicken. When I was 8 years old, my Mom asked me what kind of birthday cake I wanted. I replied, "fried chicken!"

Best Advice: Less is more and quality is better! It takes more time and energy to find good deals but you can save a lot of money. I purchase furniture for it's aesthetics, functionality and value. Keep your ears and eyes open and use all the resources you can find to create what you want.

Resources of Note:

PAINT & COLORS A lot of my furniture and accessories were purchased on sale. You can find great things and create great design on a budget. I got my lights for a steal from a lighting company that went belly up. My entertainment unit was a great find on craigslist.


    • Noguchi Coffee Table
    • Case Study Daybed
    • Poliform Entertainment Unit
    • Tom Dixon Slate Bench
    • Eames Cowhide Chair


    • Kazuhide Takahama Tulu Chairs
    • Carrera marble table custom made by Room Service
    • Herman Miller Cognate Storage Bench


    • Bosh refrigerator, dishwasher, gas convection range and microwave
    • Scavolini cabinets


    • Case Study Platform Bed
    • Nelson Bench
    • Voonwong & Bensonsaw Silver Plated Vase

    • Toto toilet, shower and sink faucets • Bosch stackable washer and dryer


    • Spun Floor Lamp
    • PH5 Pendant Lamp
    • Jasper Morrison Glo-ball T2
    • Design House Stockholm Cord and Block lamp


    • Steven Poleski
    • David Horvath
    • Ryan Snow
    • Rie Ito
    • Kozyndan

Thanks, Sun Young!

Images: Bethany Nauert

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