The Industrial District of Los Angeles gives new meaning to the zoning designation
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Artists load supplies from battered vans into studios with sweeping skyline views; film grunts scurry through the streets, precariously balancing call sheets and cardboard trays of iced mochas; in an alleyway a scavenger determinedly strips the entrails from an abandoned Wurlizter organ. Anything goes here in the shadow of LA’s once-deserted manufacturing district, and it’s in this increasingly bustling neighborhood that Rue’s Art Director Bri Emery has recently settled. Bri moved into this apartment last June, and it’s a marked change from her previous house—a 1920’s bungalow in a purely residential part of town. The decision to relocate from a quaint craftsman to a modern loft was a strategic one. “It’s amazing how much my taste has transformed in the last two years,” she says. “I wanted something that I wouldn’t tire of as my style continued to change.’ And indeed, with concrete floors, soaring ceilings, and exposed fixtures, this openconcept space was a blank canvas awaiting Bri’s vision.
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