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The Great Outdoors
Laura Eckstein, Amanda Friedman and Maile Pingel | Photo: Jen Siska | April 11, 2014
Californians have long celebrated the joys of outdoor living. In honor of spring, we present a sampling of the top design talents, shops and products invigorating gardens and open spaces throughout the Golden State.
Since launching more than 20 years ago, Dedon has transformed the outdoor furnishings business with its sophisticated selection of woven synthetic fiber pieces made by craftsmen on the Philippine island of Cebu. Now, the company, led by founder Bobby Dekeyser, is expanding its reach on the West Coast, with a new flagship debuting in late April at L.A.’s Pacific Design Center. Open to both the public and the trade, the space will feature signature styles such as the rattan-inspired Swingrests (from $10,135) shown below. Created by Daniel Pouzet, the oversized daybeds come with a rotating base and the ability to either hang like a swing or rest on a terrace or deck. Talk about lounging in style! Pacific Design Center, 8687 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, 310.657.0800
The Hot Seat
We all know that one of the greatest benefits of living in California is being able to enjoy the outdoors any time of day year-round. But when it’s chilly, certain accessories are required (cue the fire pit, throw and oversize sweater). Luckily, San Francisco-based furniture brand Galanter & Jones has created two stylish heated seats that eliminate the need for those extras. “I was so surprised that there was nobody producing heated furniture,” says Aaron Jones, the brand’s founder, designer and craftsman. “It’s a more efficient way to stay warm outside—it only draws as much heat as a hair dryer—and an opportunity to seamlessly blend heating elements into an outdoor environment.” The company launched in 2013 with the Helios chair, a midcentury-inspired lounger that seats up to six people, and just recently debuted its newest, smaller model, the Evia. Both are made of concrete, “a moldable material that conducts heat very well,” says Jones, and come equipped with plugs and adjustable thermostats. “What inspired me to do this was San Francisco’s borderline climate. The heated seating allows you to extend the day and the seasons,” he adds. The chairs are available in five standard surface shades and four base colors, but Jones can accommodate custom hues, especially since he’s the one designing, building, signing and dating each chair from start to finish—at least for the moment. As the company grows, with several restaurants and custom orders from architects on its roster, now is the time to secure this future collector’s item. From $3,600, 715 Bryant St., San Francisco
L.A.’s La Cienega Design Quarter has a stylish new resident: Virginia-based garden and estate furniture company McKinnon and Harris. Founded in 1991, the esteemed brand’s first California flagship showroom offers beautifully designed, handcrafted, custom aluminum furniture of the highest quality. The company continues the bench-built tradition, meaning each piece is made from start to finish on a craftsperson’s own workbench and is personally initialed and dated by the person who created it. 915 N. La Cienega Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.734.4425
Sometimes the most beautiful flowers in the garden aren’t even real. Take the sculptural aluminum blossoms made by fine artist Rudi Molacek. They’ve been popping up at Hamptons estates and European museums, and now a solo exhibition of Molacek’s work will debut at Fouladi Projects gallery in San Francisco (May 16-July 5). The roses come in limited-edition colors and three sizes (20 inches wide, $3,000; 32 inches wide, $7,700; 40 inches wide, $12,000), which can be ordered through the gallery. And, best of all, there’s no watering required. 1803 Market St., San Francisco, 415.621.2535
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