ISSUE 67  |  Bring on the Spring

Color Pop at Poketo in LA

April 11, 2013 3:30 PM

BY Sarah Lonsdale

When LA dwellers Angie Myung and Ted Vadakan found their business space overrun with boxes, they knew it was time to move. The couple had begun an online business working with artists and designers to create everyday products (they even did a small line for Target), and success was cramping their style.

Angie and Ted opened their office in the Arts District in 2007, when it was still a newly discovered district of downtown LA. They found a large, raw space where they moved their offices and opened up a brick and mortar shop with a colorful store front. Since it opened last summer, Poketo has become a mainstay of the neighborhood and the local go-to gift store. For more, visit Poketo

Photography by Laure Joliet for Remodelista.

Above: Poketo owners Angie Myung and Ted Vadakanin in their store-cum-gallery.

Above: The colorful letters in the window were made out of cardboard boxes by an intern several years ago for Comic Con. Unearthed during the move, they were hung as a temporary fix and have stayed ever since. Incidentally, the name Poketo (pronounced Poh-KEH-toe) came from Angie’s Korean grandmother’s mispronunciation of “pocket.”

Above: The couple installed plywood walls to create a store in the front and an office in the rear of the space. Ribbed plastic sheeting allows for light in the rear area.

Above: The leather Rod and Weave Chair was made by their friend, furniture designer Eric Trine.

Above: Local designer Thomas Im's Tyvek Totes on the top shelf with African baskets displayed on the floor. The store carries a mix of online goods as well as select pieces that are available only in-store.

Above: The yellow trestle legs were a happy find at Home Depot.

Above: Clothing is mixed in with the home wares and accessories.

Above: The tiered plywood displays are built on wheels so they can be easily moved to accommodate workshops and events. Check out for their upcoming Mustards Workshop.

Above: A corner devoted to children's toys with a dressing room suspended in the corner.

Above: The colorful red fronted entry to Poketo.

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