Pro Portfolio: How designers created three looks at Gallery Lofts in Marina del Rey


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Every Monday we post a recently built, remodeled or redecorated home with commentary from the designer. This week’s project focuses on three model units designed for a loft building:

Lead interior designer: Adam Rolston, Incorporated Architecture & Design, New York City


Project: Gallery Lofts, a 100-unit, U-shaped property with an “outdoor room” courtyard

Location: Marina del Rey

Statement: At Gallery Lofts, we studied the personality and aesthetic profiles of the community drawn to this particular neighborhood and settled on three characters to tell the story of life in this new collection of lofts: a creative, young single woman; an active, creative guy; and a progressive couple newly married. We had a great time shopping in the stores on Abbot Kinney Boulevard and elsewhere in Los Angeles to furnish and decorate each according to these tastes and interests.

The first unit, above, is for the young woman. Her profile calls for her to be several years out of college, where she studied costume design. She is a free spirit, has a quirky sense of humor and is passionate about her work as a costume design assistant. We combined white lacquer, modern and classic shapes, and lots of feminine pattern. The contrast of the neoclassical Anthropologie arm chairs and the Tom Dixon bubble lamp reveals her taste.The drapes in her sewing room, at right, are by Robert Allen and are inspired by Scandinavian patterns of the ‘60s. We added a vintage Milo Baughman chrome-and-glass bookcase from A.K. Eleven 14, a white lacquered desk from West Elm and decorative pieces from Bountiful. The colors throughout are light, airy and cheerful.

Keep reading for the kitchen and for detailed looks at the other two model units ...

The first model’s kitchen has stainless steel counters with integrated sinks, a Carrara marble backsplash, an island from the Stainless Steel Store and accessories from Bountiful and Gretel Home.

The second unit is for our hypothetical single guy. He plays hard and works hard. He is in his late 20s or early 30s. His tastes are decidedly modern with a little bit of an industrial edge. He has a collection of vintage skate boards from Surfing Cowboys. His industrial dining table is from Cleveland Art, which specializes in vintage, but the chairs are absolutely of the moment and were purchased at A+R. His kitchen is outfitted with accessories from Tortoise. The textures are heavy and tactile with colors that lean toward the masculine browns, grays and blacks. The single guy’s kitchen palette is ebonized oak and stainless steel with a white marble backsplash. The dining chairs are Misewell’s Lock wood-and-steel seats, and the sofa is from Crate & Barrel. The living room has a Jonathan Adler Philippe lounge chair, CB2 Pablo side tables and Room & Board Montego outdoor furniture.

The single guy’s bedroom has a vintage Milo Baughman lounge chair. The terrace beyond has a Room & Board Montego outdoor chaise.

The single guy’s study has a work bench from Modern School Supplies, a Bevco task chair and vintage desk lamp from local vintage shop Surfing Cowboys.

The third model-unit design is for a progressive couple. They believe in love, life and the general goodness of people. They are avid flea market scavengers. They both work hard in creative jobs and want to have kids someday -- just not now. They have been together long enough for their tastes to blend, incorporating a fair amount of midcentury modern design. A few of the vintage pieces came from A.K. Eleven 14 and French 50s60s. The kitchen has oak cabinets and a white marble backsplash. The Knicker bar stools are from Blu Dot.

The couple’s home office has a Perch stool from Anthropologie, a Case Study daybed from Modernica and a Gandia Blasco carpet from Velocity Art and Design.

The couple’s terrace has green Hee chairs from A+R, the Laguna modular sofa from Room & Board and an outdoor rug from Potted.

The master bedroom has Anders side tables and bed from Room & Board, a fabric wall hanging from the Marimekko Concept Store, Bubble Ball wall sconces by George Nelson from Modernica, bedding from Dwell Studio’s Chinoiserie collection and a vintage trumpet from local shop Bountiful.

The bathroom tile is from Daltile; the Contact stool is from CB2.

The accessories are from Gretel Home.

The sales lounge, above, brings together influences from each of the three distinct portraits created for the model lofts. The pieces come from many of the stores mentioned previously and from the Silver Lake store Lawson-Fenning, source of the Trousdale sofa and Thin Frame lounge chairs pictured here. The Rich Brilliant & Willing lamp is from Emmo Home, and a Manuscrit rug is designed by Joaquim Ruiz Millet and sold through Design Within Reach.

Another sales office vignette: A Lawson-Fenning Trousdale sofa and Thin Frame lounge chairs, a cowhide rug by Calvin Klein Home, a coffee table from Lawson-Fenning’s vintage stock and a Sundance New Dreams credenza. Colors are generally neutral, and the materials are luxurious velvets and pony skins with a little splash of color in the silk embroidered throw pillows found at Plantation.

The courtyard’s communal barbecue area, anchored by a banyan tree and a fireplace, was designed by Pamela Burton & Co. The furniture is Modern Outdoor’s Etra collection.

Another view of the area.


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