When you want something, you go out and get it. And when you can’t find exactly what you’re looking for? You make it yourself. That’s the mentality behind Fluxco Design, a small business powered by the husband and wife team of Zachary and Lindsay Calev. The pair work hard to source gorgeous vintage finds, as well as repurposing and handcrafting original pieces for their clients in Los Angeles. I got to know Zach and chat about his design strategy below.
Hi Zach! Tell us a bit about yourself. Where are you from and where do you currently live?
I was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona but moved to California 12 years ago. My wife and I have lived up and down the coast, but settled in Los Angeles a little over 5 years ago.
What is the best thing about living in your neighborhood?
The best thing about living in our neighborhood is that it’s quiet and I have space for all my toys, but it’s still easily accessible to the best parts of LA.
Can you explain the origin of the shop name “Fluxco?”
The name Fluxco was born out of a nerdy love for sci-fi and time travel. Since I’m also in the business of vintage furniture, I’m inherently attracted to and inspired by items from other time periods so it only felt natural to combine the two themes of time travel and furniture. And what makes time travel possible? The flux capacitor, of course.
We hear you got into the furniture business after growing up building and experimenting with design. What was the first real furniture piece you built?
The first piece of furniture I built was a dining table for me and my wife.
Describe the original design you’re the most proud of.
I’m most proud of the Mid-century inspired breakfast nook I made for a client in Eagle Rock. The benches and table base were crafted from solid walnut and designed to fit in the corner their newly remodeled kitchen.
When repurposing a piece, how do you decide what it’s final form will be?
I look at the material and shape of the item to see what its strengths and best features are and then examine how it can lend itself to other uses. Sometimes the original function is closely related to the repurposed item and other times it’s not related at all.
Which furniture piece that you repurposed underwent the biggest transformation?
The pendant lamp I made out of jukebox parts. I was able to use the repurposed parts to create a lighting experience that you can’t get from traditional fixtures.
In addition to building and repurposing furniture, you also source and sell vintage. Where do you go locally to find the best vintage furniture?
I enjoy going to the Long Beach Flea Market to see the best mix of vintage furniture and good deals in one place. However, when I need to get a quick fix of vintage shopping I usually head over to Lankershim Boulevard in North Hollywood.
Describe your dream piece of vintage furniture you’d love to stumble upon.
I’m currently on the hunt for a matching set of four original Eames DKR chairs with orange bikini covers.
Lastly, what’s the most rewarding thing about owning your own business? And the most challenging?
The most rewarding thing is seeing an idea you’ve put on paper come to life. The most challenging is figuring out where to keep all the furniture.
For more on Fluxco, check out their website and Instagram to see if you don’t end up coveting a new piece for yourself. Don’t forget to head over to the Fluxco Krrb corner to find your new favorite piece!