Pat Lloyd (also known as PvL to some) is a dear friend of mine. It’s hard not to love his charismatic personality and I admire his sense of design, particularly his antique typewriter collection displayed throughout his home and his tendencies toward midcentury modern design. His home in Costa Mesa, California is filled with worldly treasures full of creative inspiration and since we’re in the thick of spring (cleaning or redecorating), this might be just what you need to be inspired to freshen up your space. I had the pleasure of taking an exclusive tour of his growing art collection along with our mutual friend and photog, Eugene Jack Lai. You can peek through Lai’s fun-filled lens at his photoblog: www.hasfunallthetime.com.
Pat Lloyd’s passport proves he’s well-traveled—every page is stamped and about 45 countries are represented. “Growing up, if I was studying the Sistine Chapel, my mom would fly me to Italy to see it,” says Lloyd, 29. The New Orleans-born, Ecuador-bred Volcom senior director of international first joined the surf-skate giant 11 years ago as a rep rider, but transitioned to his current gig upon discovering a void in the industry in Latin America. The avid surfer (he recently surfed Hollister Ranch in Santa Barbara) spends three weeks each month jetsetting for work and play, collecting artifacts for his midcentury-mod Costa Mesa bachelor pad.
“I’m inspired by David Hicks, who taught me to be ballsy with my décor.” If challenging the church in his dining room isn’t brazen, we’re not sure what is. He’s dedicated a wall to his collection of typewriters, which are displayed in modular shelves with exposed red light bulbs hovering in the shape of a cross. “It’s a mockery of the church, which didn’t like typewriters because they symbolized freedom of speech back when the idea of a portable machine was mind-blowing,” he says.
His latest hobby is filling his refinished garage-cum-secret hideout, which he’s dubbed Chinatown, with some “really amazing Asian antiques.” After growing up around the world and constantly sleeping in airports, he has his mom’s boyfriend to thank for instilling in him the real meaning of home. “He was an architect and taught me to maximize opportunity within a structure,” says Lloyd. “I spend one week a month in this baby; I better make it a good one.
Photography by: Eugene Jack Lai