Nostalgia may be the disease du jour, but when it came to decorating her second apartment in Los Angeles, Brittany Byrd was solely interested in the future—the space is reserved for her collection of clothes and paintings. As an artist, gallerist, and creative strategist for brands like Puma, Gucci, and Atlantic Records, Brittany represents a new generation of multi-hyphenate creatives uninterested in labels or limitations. “I enjoy design history, I studied so many legends during undergrad at Parsons, but it’s always been important to me to flow with the now and to support those who are creating history live,” she says.
While redesigning her space last year, Brittany commissioned Spencer Daly of Apartment 1007 to create a bespoke coffee table. Her goal was to give the sculptural midcentury aesthetic a more “communal feel.” She discovered Spencer’s work through Instagram and was “transformed by the timelessness of his eye.” The pair worked together from conception to fruition on a studded table made of wood, acrylic, and steel. As she explains, “This was the first time I’ve ever commissioned a piece of furniture. I saw the process step-by-step, and it’s not only just a physical item, but a reflection of the friendship we’ve nurtured.”
As simple as the design may seem, the project took about four months to complete. Brittany originally ordered the table in July, but she and Spencer kept changing small details. The legs of the table are made of 4 by 4 wood planks and naturally adjust to the divers of the cement flooring of the loft. “The funny thing about creating something from scratch is that the possibilities are endless,” Brittany says “We were exchanging ideas up to the minute, wanting to capture the process of creation in the design.”
The table is a grounding point of the sun-baked space, offering a playful dimension to the concrete-driven loft. Flanked by flowers, candles, and treasured coffee table books, the table isn’t only aesthetically pleasing but deeply personal.