If the name Floyd rings a bell, it's more than likely because you've seen the brand's ads for its bed, chair, or table on Facebook. And, until recently, online is the only place you would have seen the retailer outside of their lone Detroit shop.
Kyle Hoff and Alex O'Dell of Floyd, image courtesy of Floyd
Citizine caught up with Floyd on the heels of their L.A. run for a tour of Hoff and O'Dell's favorite local spots.
Floyd: We chose Blackbirds [1708 Brewer Trail] to host our LA pop-up because of the way its design builds community. The development is comprised of 18 homes designed as an experiment in contemporary urban living—an exploration of how Angelenos might live today, which is directly in line with our philosophy at Floyd.
Eames House, Case Study House No.8Pacific Palisades
F: The Eames were just so far ahead of their time. Their Case Study House is perhaps the most immersive way to experience their world. Every lover of design should make the pilgrimage! They continue to be an inspiration for us in many ways at Floyd, especially in their pursuit to make furniture that lasts. As Ray Eames once said, “What works good is better than what looks good, because what works good lasts.”
County Ltd.Silver Lake
F: The owner has curated a unique collection of found furniture and home goods. It’s quite eclectic, yet very cohesive. The space is small, but you can literally be there for hours pouring over every single item. My favorite things there are their table lamps. Any one of them would look great on a Floyd Side Table!
Schindler HouseWest Hollywood
F: The Schindler House was designed over two months, built in five months, and completed in 1921. It was conceived as an experiment in communal living, and it’s now recognized as the birthplace of the Southern California modernism [movement]. Many people associate the idea of modern architecture in LA with glass houses and a pool out back. When you arrive at the Schindler House, it's striking how modest and understated the design is—yet it still feels relevant today, almost 100 years after it was built.
Everbody.World Informal ShopDTLA
F: We’re big fans of this brand. Love their approach to design and manufacturing and what they’ve done with their recycled cotton basic t-shirts. We’ll be featuring some of their goods at the Floyd House!
Dan Sung Sa
F: Great laid back spot to catch up with good friends. Be sure to get their lemon soju!
F: This is a sculpture park built by a construction worker, Simon Rodia, over 33 years starting in the 1920s. It’s 100 feet tall and built with no special equipment or predetermined design. He worked alone with hand tools. It’s in the middle of a residential neighborhood and feels like it was dropped there from another planet. Totally mesmerizing.
Schindler House, image courtesy of @raffeg_realtor
Dan Sung Sa, image courtesy of @joorgee_fernandez