Design For the Birds


While it may be harder to discern changes in the seasons in Los Angeles, there are still subtle signs that we’ve moved into spring. There is asparagus and leeks at the farmer’s market, wildflowers popping up in the hillsides, and Matt Kemp hasn’t yet hit his mid-season slump. One more sign of spring? Birds chirping all over the city. And like so many other Angelenos, they’re looking for some stylish digs.

L.A.-based designer Kelly Lamb is known for her stylish interiors for restaurants like Malo and design work for clients like Salvatore Ferragamo and Coca Cola. But its her geometric birdhouses we’re loving today. Now even finches and wrens can live in a Buckminster Fuller-inspired geodesic dome. Sold by areaware, the birdhouses retail for $95.

Another L.A.-based designer whose work we admire is Heather Levine. The ceramicist has designed a line of Scandinavian Design-influenced birdhouses. At once organic and modern, the handmade birdhouses are made of stoneware and porcelain. A collaboration with artist Joanna Bean Martin features not just birdhouses but also lamps and plates and is available for $400 at commune.

Somewhat similar in shape and materials is Stan Bitters‘ line of birdhouses. Available at South Willard, the birdhouses retail for $250 and come in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors.

Or maybe you like the idea of birds, but not the reality of early morning chirping right outside your bedroom. These ornithalogically-infused mobiles are the low-maintenance solution. Created by ige Design, the mobiles are laser cut from museum board and cost $65.

Last, while not by local designers, I can’t help linking to these wildly creative birdhouses. Created for a fundraiser for the Toronto Botanical Gardens, the Heart house designed by Josh Coulas provides an anatomically-correct nesting space. And this amazing “Spontaneous City” by London Fieldworks looks like Fritz Lang meets China-style density. Dystopia never looked so good.

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