Thomas Hayes Gallery: A Modern Live/Work Space

Thomas Hayes Gallery: A Modern Live/Work Space

Marcia Prentice
Apr 19, 2013

Name: Thomas Hayes Gallery
Location: Hollywood; Los Angeles, California
Size: 6,000 square feet
Years in business: Since 2002. Originally under a different business name, but same company. Rebranded in 2009 as Thomas Hayes Gallery.

Thomas Hayes has made his gallery into a welcoming, homey space. The entire team loves cooking in the kitchen and having breakfast together, relaxing in the outdoor space with a koi pond, and freshening up in the dramatic bathroom. Everyone works long hours (no 9-5 here), so it is nice to work in a space that makes you feel like you are at home.

From the street you could never imagine what is behind the doors of the Thomas Hayes Gallery. There is the furniture gallery, the manufacturing area where Thomas designs his line and has it built, and there is the Demountable House by Jose Zanine Caldas, currently located behind the gallery. He brought the house all the way from Brazil and rebuilt it at the gallery. I even spotted an Airstream trailer in the back parking lot — Thomas is still working on decorating the interior.

Apartment Therapy Survey:

My Style: Modern Brazilian, Italian influenced American. 

Inspiration: Feels like home. 

Favorite Element: Definitely the kitchen! It's our workspace, our hangout, where we eat together and make lunch or coffee for clients.

Biggest Challenge: Hand picking the wood to make the cabinets and laying each piece out and placing it in the kitchen before the doors were fabricated. 

What Friends Say: When is lunch?

Biggest Embarrassment: The subfloor under the platform behind the island creaks sometimes.

Proudest DIY: The bathroom was made entirely of wood salvaged from a home in Arcadia that was being torn down. We pulled out the walnut paneling and sawed it into strips and placed the strips on the wall before finishing. The cabinetry and the door were made from the same walnut, as it retains the beautiful richness of aged walnut that has been exposed to light. Though the bathroom is contemporary, it has the vintage feel of an old room.

Biggest Indulgence: I built a huge shower (due to permits, for handicapped access). I always dreamed of being able to take a shower immediately before an event and opening so I could feel fresh! 

Best Advice: Starting from the very beginnings of designing your home, buy or choose a space you love the bones of... don't try to buy an okay house and change it too much. Buy something you love and restore it to its original beauty with the right materials, fixtures and fabrics; the rest will come more naturally. With even the best interior design, you can't make something you instinctively don't love into something you do.   

Dream Sources: Um... An old warehouse that a hoarder packed in 1965 with rare pieces made by Gio Ponti, Nakashima, Milo Baughman, Tommy Parzinger and mostly figural Dunbar pieces. 

Resources of Note:


  • Rosewood kitchen with Absolute Black granite top with leather matte finish
  • Bathroom with walnut paneling salvaged from a Mid-Century home that was being torn down, used it for cabinets as well






Thanks, Thomas!

(Images: Marcia Prentice)

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