California Shapes Up To Be a Creative Muse


The state of California has inspired and nurtured talent since its statehood in 1850. So it should come as no surprise that artisans are turning to the iconic state outline to inspire a myriad of unique home décor items and wall accessories. What was once the nurturer has become the muse. California Home+Design features CA-based artists, designers, and architects who reimagine the unique shape of our state in beautiful works of art (like industrial metal jewelry and freehand drawings), and we are thrilled to share the talents of these three artisans who are shaping California into tomorrow’s next big design trend.

CA Table by Blue Collar Built

Emeryville-based Luke Austin of Oak & Wood and Oakland-based woodworker Joey Alvarez sought to capture the playful nature of the state through their CA Table (above). The team launched the design this summer and is working on expanding the finish and wood options. Our current favorite is the CA Table in burled wood.  It perfectly captures the duality of California’s antiquity and modernity.

Image via Scott Coppersmith Designs

California Marquee by Scott Coppersmith Designs

Scott Coppersmith has enjoyed a banner year (pun intended).  While we discovered this talented artisan’s work while strolling Alameda Flea Market, his craftsmanship has been featured in a variety of places including this year’s Sunset Magazine’s Showcase House.  With over 17 years of building and designing furniture, Coppersmith found his niche creating unique upcycled marquee lighting.  We are infatuated with the California Marquee not only for its sheer size but also for Coppersmith’s deft handling of the raw materials to create something that looks so refined. 

Image via Etsy shop Shamptonian

California Key Holder by The Shamptonian Institute

Scot Hampton took something as mundane as a key holder and totally elevated its whimsical factor. Shaped like the Golden State and made from a solid piece of reclaimed wood (Ash or Pine), this artwork features vintage camera parts that represent major coastal cities.  The piece gives new meaning to “receiving the keys to the city.”

Want more California? Check out Jared Rusten’s gorgeous wooden tables.

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