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Riley Rea, Furniture Designer
Ace furniture designer Rea started out crafting his pieces from reclaimed materials in a DTLA warehouse and hawking them on Craigslist. Today, he and partner Alex Segal’s Croft House showroom on La Brea is a go-to destination for the aesthetically inclined, whether they’re looking for a drop-dead dining table of Douglas fir and industrial steel or just some good old-fashioned decor inspiration.
Owing its origins to the marinière, or French naval sailor’s uniform, the iconic Breton was originally done in navy and white and boasted exactly 21 stripes, each connoting one of Napoleon’s victories. Fitting that its original intent was to help an overboard sailor stand out from the waves, as today’s versions — done in a variety of different hues — still turn heads.