J. Byron-H is an American architect-designer based in Los Angeles, California. He designs environments shaped by an avid interest in cultural pressures, material conditions and collective knowledge. His approach is defined by a rigorous working method that yields playful discovery and unexpected forms, shifting expectations for the possibilities of a space or program. A hands-on knowledge of contemporary construction methods and craft along with an intuitive design sensibility inform his process. Bold shapes, rich colors and lush textures define his palette.

J. Byron-H received his Master of Architecture degree from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design in 2014 and a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Pratt Institute in 2010. Over the past 10 years he has spent time working in Los Angeles, New York and Berlin, most notably at the offices of Francis Kéré, Barkow Leibinger, SOM and Tacklebox NY.

Color Camp
Nail Salon / Manicure Bar
Los Angeles, California  
Completed July 2017

We teamed up with branding studio Weekday Studio to create the interior design concept for Color Camp, a new manicure bar in Los Angeles, California. Located on Beverly Boulevard in the Fairfax District, this 675 square-foot space is the first of its kind in Los Angeles.

As an architecture and branding team, we wanted to evoke a sense of playful discovery and avoid the predictable, cluttered environment often associated with contemporary nail salons. Instead, a bright white space is enlivened with bold shapes. Circles, semi-circles, concave and convex shapes play across bolsters, tables, shelving, doorways and branding. A gradient mural wall and custom bright blue furnishings bring pop accents of color. Industrial materials like concrete and steel are cushioned by a vibrant gradient of pinks, oranges and blues, a contrast found throughout LA whenever the roughness of the city's structures finds relief against its brilliant skies.

One of the challenges with this project was to make an extremely narrow existing interior space feel open and inviting without losing the functionality and efficiency of a nail salon. The primary organizational element of the space is the manicure bar: a long, slender, counter height table where guests and artists can choose to sit or stand. Above the bar is the hanging shelf, a multipurpose utility structure which acts as storage for tools and supplies as well as the provider of lights and audio. The top of the structure is accented with a lush array of tropical plants. Across the aisle are a series 1/4"-thick blackened steel 2-top tables which appear to fold out like paper and hover above the ground. The bar stools and chairs were customized for the space in collaboration with Los Angeles Furniture Designer, Chris Earl.

Photography by Jennifer Chong

1130 Fifth Avenue
Reconstructed Visualizations for a Novel by Jacob Peter Kovner
Motto Distribution 
Completed 2016 

Vertical Village / Social Gradient
Low Income Housing in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
Critic: Francis Kere, Harvard GSD


Regenerating the Fringe
Multi-modal hub at the edge of Chapultapec Park, Mexico City
Critic: Felipe Correa, Harvard GSD


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