Show Your True Nature: Bring the Outdoors In

Summer in California doesn’t always translate to sunny days and warm nights. For an alfresco experience without the chill, these nature-inspired items will definitely bring the outdoors in.

By Sarah Virginia White
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Scatter and Gather Pendant

Vancouver-based artist Riley Mcferrin draws on his early days as a woodworker in northern California for his arboreal Scatter/Gather pendant, constructed from branches collected along the Pacific coast. Available at SF’s Propeller. Propellermodern.com, $1,300.

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Colorful Coasters

Brooklyn artists Chen Chen and Kai Tsien-Williams slice colorful coasters from a faux Ham Hock built of wood, netting, found objects and epoxy. Grab a slab at 
SF’s The Future Perfect, 
$190. 

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Terracotta Pendant Lamp

The handmade terracotta pendant lamp by LA ceramicist Heather Levine does double duty as a hurricane and is available at Lawson-Fenning in Hollywood. Lawsonfenning.com, from $1,500.

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Isis Unveiled

Bay Area artist Michael Green created Isis Unveiled by embellishing driftwood gathered from local rivers 
and beaches with layers of 24-karat gold leaf. Available 
at San Francisco’s d. zelen; $3,300.

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Medici Chair

The Medici chair, designed by Konstantin Grcic for Herman Miller and available at SF’s Zinc Details, channels classic Adirondack style in an patio-friendly ash lounger. Zincdetails.com, $1,199.

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Rings Stools

Artek’s Rings stools by Nao Tamura, available at OK in Los Angeles, feature screen-printed tree-ring impressions and celebrate the 80th anniversary of the Finnish brand’s iconic Stool 60 design. Okthestore.com, $390.

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Rouge Coffee Table

Husband-and-wife design team Robert and Cortney Novogratz let the indoor-outdoor lifestyle of their Brazilian vacation home inspire the Rouge coffee table, part of their new Brasil Collection for CB2. $349.

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Jack Planter

Inspired by the summertime sidewalk game, the Jack Planter by Steel Life features a grown-up, Beech version of the toy and is available from 
Palm Springs’ Just Modern. $225.

This was originally published in California Home + Design's Summer 2013 issue. Click here to subscribe.
 

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