We spoke about The Company in Chung King yesterday, a little art gem in Chinatown. However, they aren’t the only cool kids about town in the area–not by a longshot. One other store just a stone’s throw away was equally as attractive, its Robin egg blue façade drawing us in: 5th Floor.
5th Floor functions as both a retails space and a gallery space, abiding by the tagline “Accoutrements for the Modern Life.” The goods they sell are quite nicely selected, balancing handmade arts for your home with things you see at a lot of similar stores around town (those stores being OK, Lost & Found, Tortoise, etc.).
While they had familiar things like the matchstick bottles, the Hare Mat, and whiskey stones, there wasn’t much else too similar to the aforementioned mainstays. There were plenty of cute sewn items we hadn’t seen before (the sewn bird, typewriters, and turntables), very nice leather goods (including a six pack holder), a furry meat rug, some great things with wood (like this, this, and this, many of which are done locally), along with cool ceramics (like these two things).
The space is also a gallery, which is held upstairs above the “retail” space. Currently on view is Into The Heart Of The Sun, which features Leonard Bravo’s slightly minimal and colorful circuitry paintings.
If you check out the website, you’ll see there’s a little design section that is “coming soon.” After poking around a bit, it’s pretty clear that the shop is likely going to be releasing their own designs and/or goods as the owner of 5th Floor is Robert Apodaca of LA Box Collective, a group of professional LA based furniture makers who are creating some pretty cool stuff. Keep your eye on this space and, if you are visiting Chinatown, add 5th Floor to the list of places to stop by (and say hello to Robert, as we believe he was there when we were).