Examine closely one of Stephen Kenn's designs, and you will quickly arrive at the same conclusion we did: he's not so much a maker of furniture as he is a brilliant sculptor of sit-able masterpieces. Although born and raised in Canada, Stephen today makes his home in Los Angeles, where he crafts each new addition to his famous Inheritance Collection, a series inspired by mid-century aesthetics and WWII-era fabrics. While designing a couch for our new La Brea Guideshop, we had the chance to catch up with Stephen and ask him a few of "The Big If's" in life. Here are his answers:
EQ: If you weren't designing furniture, what would you be doing?
SK: I would most likely be making art and building a brand with some close friends.
EQ: If you could live and work anywhere in the world (besides L.A.), where would you pick?
SK: I contemplate New York now and then, but I recently got back from Tokyo and I think I have my heart set there for the moment.
EQ: If you had any advice for a younger version of yourself, what would it be?
SK: Don't sell yourself short. Your ideas matter, but they are only worth anything if you act upon them.
EQ: If you were giving a Nobel Prize acceptance speech, who would you thank?
SK: My wife, my family, my friends, and God.
EQ: If you could play drums for any rock band, past or present, which band would you pick?
SK: I have the worst rhythm ever, but let's assume that I could hold my own. I would probably go with Sigur Rós.
EQ: If you could grab a beer and a plate of nachos with any person, living or dead, who would you choose?
SK: Jean Prouvé.
EQ: If a huge meteor was going to crash into earth tomorrow morning, what sort of plans would you make for tonight?
SK: I would go buy amazing wine and food and host a dinner party for my closest friends.
EQ: If you had the chance to design absolutely anything you wanted, no matter how big or small, what would it be?
SK: I have this opportunity every day of my life. My current dream is to design and build a loft for my wife and I, which would have a cafe/showroom below, a well-organized studio for art, and a warehouse for inventory and shipping in the back. There would be some sort of modern glass Japanese tea house on the roof and an outdoor kitchen and table for meals. #OneDay
Photos by Koury Angelo