Kaya provides the exotic alternative
Kaya Furniture and Design owners Brian Lloyd and his wife Anthea treasure dark teak wood from 100-year-old boats and buildings and 12-inch wide honey-mango candles.
To collect what they like, the Lloyds purchase items from exotic corners of the globe to offer Park City homeowners handcrafted alternatives to the typical super-sized mountain designs.
"I heard people were going to Salt Lake to Campo to buy furniture," Anthea Lloyd explains. "We had a lot of connections from traveling and living in Park City, and I thought it would be a good idea to open a store. And because we buy direct, we can offer incredible furniture at an affordable price."
Within the last 12 months, Brian Lloyd has traveled to Indonesia to buy furniture twice. In a few weeks, he will go again for the third time to buy patio furniture for the summer months, he says.
Lloyd works for Sky West as a pilot and has lived in Park City for nearly a decade. He studied engineering at the University of Utah, and has also taught flying at Heber’s flight school.
The Lloyds developed a flare for picking furniture on shopping trips while on vacation. After talking about the idea for some time, they opened up Kaya Furniture and Design last Thanksgiving at Silver Summit.
So far the most popular items selling at Kaya include rustic coffee tables, antique benches, metal-rimmed mirrors and organic-shaped Teak wood trays.
According to Brian Lloyd, what makes Teak wood special, is that more than adding sophistication to the indoors, it can weather the outdoors well. Teak wood has extra oil, he says, that shields the wood from cracking, even in Utah’s dry climate.
"Teak is what ship builders have used for centuries for their decks and it’s got this rubber quality which means it doesn’t rot like softer woods," Lloyd explains. "It’s really something that’s not offered much in Park City."
As far as inventory goes, the Lloyds consult designers occasionally, but mostly rely on their own taste when it comes to selecting the furniture.
"Sometimes I’ll choose something Anthea doesn’t like, and other times, she’ll choose something I don’t like," Brian Lloyd admits.
The result is a variety of merchandise that features items as large as a hand-carved nine-foot long and four-foot wide wooden bench, to delicate iron and silver candleholders from Thailand and India. Brian Lloyd is particularly proud of his dark, teak-wood two-inch-thick plank dining room table with matching chairs he found in Java, he says.
In the future, Lloyd says he would like to include colorful tribal rugs from Iran and Tibet.
"One of our large dining room tables with a colorful rug in a large house in The Colony or in Deer Valley it’s a winning combination," he says.
In addition, the Lloyds’ strong relationship with the furniture makers means they can also offer a custom-design service, says Brian Lloyd.
"People can bring in the dimensions and design of what they want and we can make it," he says.
The name of the store came from the Indonesian word meaning "prosperous," and the name of Lloyd’s goddaughter.
"It’s also the name of half the dogs in Park City," he adds. "We’re hoping it’s a good omen we’re still the best kept secret in Park City," he says.
Kaya Furniture and Design is located in the 6400 building facing North Pace Frontage Road off of U.S. 40, exit two. The store is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call 649-6489.
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