Step Into Designer Stephen Kenn’s World — and Stay the Night

Post up in the creative’s new DTLA loft project, outfitted with furniture by him and other local makers



For those who long to live in the world of Stephen Kenn — maker of relaxed, modern furniture and leather goods — now you can, if just for a night. The new Stephen Kenn Loft, set in a 1920s building in Downtown Los Angeles, offers overnight stays in rooms featuring the studio’s designs as well as those by other local brands, like Morrow Soft Goods and Portola Paints & Glazes.


The venture expands Kenn’s footprint in the Arts District, where he and his partner, Beks Opperman, have long kept a showroom and hosted events for the community. The 1,600-square-foot, open-plan space features a large bedroom suite along with a sunlit lounge filled with cool, low-slung seating, a kitchen, a gym with a vintage military-issue punching bag, a meditation room and a bar.


There’s a plan to use the space for a greater good, too. It will host discussions with designers who focus on solutions for affordable housing. “DTLA is a place undergoing a great deal of change,” Kenn says. “We want to be a positive force at the center of that conversation.”

$500/night. 1250 Long Beach Ave., L.A., 323-920-4210.


Feature image: The gym features workout equipment by Japanese label ITANI ATHLETIC. All photos by Amy Bartlam.


This story originally appeared in the Fall/Winter 2019 Men’s Edition of C Magazine.

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