This Furniture Designer's Home Has All the Multipurpose Furniture You Need Now

Jillian Knox Finley

As editors, the best part of our job is discovery. There’s nothing we love more than unearthing new artists with distinctive points of view. Shining a light on their work in our favorite privilege. Chief on our list of top L.A.-based home décor talents is furniture and home accessories designer Stephen Kenn. Kenn’s bold sense of raw, architectural cool and streamlined, military-influenced designs seamlessly blend masculine details with elegant precision. He also hosts one of the best coffee joints (@backdoorcoffeeclub) in L.A. out of his modern downtown loft.

Kenn and his wife, artist Beks Opperman, reside in a 1929 brick warehouse building that was formerly a furniture factory that made Murphy beds. The pair remodeled the space into an inviting and wildly original home that is every inch as mercurial and imaginative as their own aesthetic. Did we mention their favorite date-night activity is taking their vintage motorcycles for a ride? We tapped the ineffably cool couple for a candid conversation on expert tips for decorating an open space (no small feat), book collecting, and just what’s so awesome about L.A.’s burgeoning downtown art scene. Read on.

What do you think of the loft? Let us know your thoughts in the comments, and explore more from Stephen Kenn’s collection below.

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