Brook & Lyn, Los Angeles Furniture Designers

The precision-machined brass bars lining the base of Mimi Jung and Brian Hurewitz’s Pepto-pink sofa? They’re a doggie jail. At least they were, conceptually speaking, intended to be; the couple lives with three dogs in Los Angeles’s Mt. Washington neighborhood, and Truffle, the most diminutive of the bunch, necessitated the arrangement. “If you give her six inches of space underneath anything, she’ll steal things from around the house and drag them in there,” says Jung. “I wanted to make a couch that had prison bars for her, so she couldn’t get in.” Granted Jung started out sketching metal poles and wound up creating a system of stunning, diagonally canted fins that subtly shift in appearance depending on one’s vantage point, but the sofa overall was — like much of Brook & Lyn’s work — designed to serve very specific, very personal needs. Since they moved from Brooklyn to L.A. a year and a half ago, Jung and Hurewitz have been populating the studio’s portfolio with pieces they’ve created for themselves, and their new home.

Even the home itself is an intensely personal creation. When they first purchased the secluded property — partly because, after living in New York, they were craving privacy and yard space for the dogs — it had recently been renovated by its previous owner. But “he didn’t have great taste,” says Jung. “The floors were stained cherry,” adds Hurewitz. “The whole kitchen ceiling was cherry. It was ugly.” The pair ripped out the previous renovations in favor of doing their own, complete with new pale-wood floors throughout and an entirely new kitchen. When they couldn’t find a range hood they liked, they designed their own sculptural, hammertone-finish version themselves, from scratch. They lived without a sofa for more than a year until they dreamed up the aforementioned pink one. And they spent nine months looking for the perfect slab of marble to top their custom dining table, eventually stumbling on a unique variety called crazy ghost. Next, they’re overhauling the landscape design of their two backyards, and possibly redoing their bedroom and bathroom as well.

The process has been long and exacting, thanks to Jung and Hurewitz’s habit of insisting that everything be done right, and precisely how they envision it. But the results, as seen in the slideshow at right, have consistently been worth it — the same can be said of Jung’s separate textile-weaving practice, and of Brook & Lyn’s client work, which includes furniture and interiors for various outposts of the business and tech school General Assembly. Aside from those qualities, there’s one other that not only spans all of Jung and Hurewitz’s personal and professional projects, but their individual preferences as well: an aversion to anything too cluttered or complicated, hence their museum-like home decor. “We like things simple and clean, as cliché as those words are,” says Hurewitz.