When jewelry and fashion designer Victoria Cho relocated from Brooklyn to Los Angeles, she sought out a neighborhood offering a sense of urban density and some level of public transit to forgo dependence on a car. The Arts District in Downtown LA provided an instant sense of comfort and familiarity after moving around many times throughout her life. Born in Korea and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Victoria landed in the United States for college to pursue architectural degrees at Seattle and Berkeley, with a one-year stint in Paris between them. After graduating she moved to New York, where she continued architecture professionally before disillusionment set in a few years later. In 2011 Victoria took control of the situation. She quit architecture, began to pursue fashion with her family’s business, and started the jewelry company Metalepsis Projects with friend and fellow former architectural designer, Astrid Chastka.
Before moving into her open-floorplan loft two-and-a-half years ago, Victoria did some minor finishing work. She had two closets custom built for storage in the 1,000-square-foot raw space, and polished the original concrete floors. When it came time to decorate, her love of furniture allowed the process to unfold naturally. She didn’t have a clear picture of what the space was going to look like, preferring to collect various pieces and parts for an eclectic aesthetic. The Rose Bowl Flea Market, Craigslist, and eBay have been her go-to sources for finding great vintage pieces.
About a year ago, once Victoria felt settled, she adopted her terrier mix Bobby Cho, who has proven himself an attentive roommate. She can be superstitious at times, and believes that animals have an extra special sensibility – or a sixth sense. Because the 1923 building’s history began as storage facility, she suspects that Bobby sometimes alerts her to remaining ghosts! She doesn’t mind the additional tenants so long as they are good spirits.
Victoria has bounced around quite a bit in her own life and never got to develop a permanent sense of place, so she’s grateful to have finally created an environment where culture, work, friends, and family all come together in her forever home. —Annie
Photography by Anne Yano