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Front Doors Restored

Front Doors Restored

Knock knock. Who’s there? Luz! Luz who? Luz de Mano Home Studio in the reflection of the glass 🥴. No but serio, 100 year old doors across the street from me needed a make-over. Sanded away one century until... tiger sawn oak awoke, reclaiming its stripes. Stained and finished with 3 coats of polyurethane. Protected for the next 100 years, and just in time for the old craftsman’s open house.

Butcher Board Countertops

Butcher Board Countertops

Young newlyweds in an old craftsman home, layering decor elements of a modern cottage farm house beautifully like they were always meant to be together. The misses knew she wanted butcher board countertops, and boy are we glad we became friends. Prefab, eco-friendly, rubberwood butcher boards make it easy for custom applications. Easy to stain, and easy on the budget, too.

Microliving in Los Angeles

Microliving in Los Angeles

Home to a graduate student is 225 sq ft (approx 16’ x 14’) of super efficiency, including a full bathroom and kitchenette. In another corner, just 36 sq ft (8’ x 4.5’), dude got his bedroom, office, and living room, designed and handcrafted to fit one specific space perfectly. Made to durably and authentically suit 100 different students over the next 100 school years. Made entirely of layered birch plywood, thin layer of walnut hardwood (desktop), and corduroy cushions. 

Microliving Modeled

Microliving Modeled

Commission: design and build a micro-living solution for a 225 sq ft studio apartment near USC. Modeled by LdM (1:12 scale) for Stuho Inc. Completed and installed in 2 months.  

Crates for Fine Art

Crates for Fine Art

This is not art. But inside... custom built for sculptures. False walls, snug fit, tight latches, fire-retardant, handled to go around the world a few times. Use also as pedestals to pop up your gallery anywhere. First order: 17 crates in 4 different sizes, out the door in 2 batches this month.

Coffee Shop Counters

Coffee Shop Counters

3-piece, 101-inch, system of counters takes center stage at a new coffee shop. Inspired by the thought of everybody falling in love over pastries. Made of white oak quarter-sawn hardwood.

 

Anders’ Arc

Anders’ Arc

Professor Anders asked for a shelf to adorn the passway between her kitchen and living room. When’s she’s cooking or grading papers at the table, her boys are playing video games in the other room. So she wanted cubbies to 1) filter the view, 2) provide a showcase for the art she’s collected during her travels, and 3) extend the lines of her mid-century home. 

Nelson Dining Table: Delivered

Nelson Dining Table: Delivered

Standing strong on its own two legs, this is more proof that crazy is possible at the LdM home studio workshop. With one of the legs being glass, per client direction, yah, you know my own knees were a shaking. Without any hardware, the legs are secured within the tabletop's thickness (1.75") using grooves, splines, holes and dowels. Made of Afromosia (African teak) and glass. No stain either under three coats of Enduro polyurethane. 

Ripple Effect: Window Frame and Seat

Ripple Effect: Window Frame and Seat

Friend on the left loves ripples. He's launching a new clothing line headquartered on the 2nd floor of an old 2-story building in downtown Los Angeles, 2 blocks from the Staple Center. Visionary helps you realize that the very difficult is easy. Commissioned LdM to frame the windows and execute the long bench below. Thanks, mate! Gave his brand something to sit on, shoot through, jump off, curl up to.... Made my exit yesterday after finishing the built-in less than 2 weeks after visiting the space for the first time. Photos of finished work to come.

Sully's Bunk: Installed

Sully's Bunk: Installed

Delivered and installed Sully's Bunk with the help and support of a team of 3 friends. Considering the scope, it went superbly well, certainly not without the strength and will of the team. There was no better incentive but to make Sully's room the absolute most wonderful room to call his own.

Korra Collaboration

Korra Collaboration

Great friend and wonderful man took over Korra Yoga Studio recently, and he used the LdM Peechee 4-piece and LdM Droplets to add balance to the space. Then, we collaborated and built the studio's reception desk together. When you're looking to get your stretch and breath on in Chino, this place is awesome. Besides 3 large rooms with various classes to choose from, the instructors and ambiance are super encouraging to help you feel and be your best. Namaste everybody.

Sully's Bunk: in production

Sully's Bunk: in production

Sully's Bunk is on the rise. Overhead capsule holds a full-size mattress 5 ft above a 2-sided work station and wardrobe storage. Redwood will be stained dark, pine plywood finished natural. Lots of functional details to show soon.