29-year-old Ryan Preciado, a Los Angeles-based furniture designer, started making furniture "by accident"— at least that’s how he puts it — 10 years ago. So it goes to follow that his practice feels honest, exploratory, and even childlike with a sense of play and curiosity.
When talking about his work to date — wooden pieces with an often rough-hewn, whittled feel, topped by lollipop-like textiles — Ryan Belli describes a reference map in his mind of things he’s seen: the hoodoos in Bryce Canyon, a bristlecone pine forest, the bubble clusters that form when you’re a kid blowing into a glass of milk with a straw. Sometimes these things come together in strange combinations to create an idea, and in recent months they have given rise to a wild collection of seating and light fixtures.
From a giant Block Shop mural to the now annual Hem Fest to Sarah Ellison's launch at Hawkins New York to Intro/LA — whose showcase we're featuring here today — the LA Design Festival and its surrounding events looked like a crazy amount of fun, as we well as a serious display of how far the LA design scene has come in terms of both community and cohesion.
Two weekends ago, a group of Los Angeles–based designers came together to interpret the candlestick in the first iteration of "Object Permanence," a new, quarterly event co-curated by designer Leah Ring of Another Human and Emma Holland Denvir, head of Hem's U.S. business development. Hosted at Hem’s Los Angeles showroom, the selection of designers and their objects follows a recent trend of reimagining near-relics like the ashtray, the bookend, and the paperweight, in which each object represents a tiny distillation of its designer's aesthetic.
In the third installment of our Creative Women at Home collaboration with Sonos, LA jewelry designer Kathleen Whitaker talks about her boomerang creative path, her interest in interiors, her minimalist live-work space in the hills of Los Angeles, and the art that inspires her (including the Cole Porter cover that recently had her reeling).
ASMR has been everywhere lately — Superbowl commercials, Breadface's Instagram Stories, episodes of High Maintenance — but this may be its first foray into the design world: A series of chic, minimalist, white-noise-producing desktop fountains by Los Angeles-based ceramicist Lily Clark.
A weekly Saturday recap to share with you our favorite links, discoveries, exhibitions, and more from the past seven days. This week: a terrazzo made from semi-precious gemstones, a Memphis-era lounge chair that looks surprisingly fresh, and a series of quick, tiny exhibitions in Buenos Aires, produced by RIES and curated by Chamber founder Juan Garcia Mosqueda.
In the years since we began following her work, Morgan Peck's ceramics have often pivoted between art and design. But her latest collection, which launches today, falls squarely in the latter category, expanding as it does on her recent experiments with mirrors and adding cylindrical, cut-out lamps to her collection for the first time.
Did you, like us, visit Block Shop's reading room at Sight Unseen OFFSITE and wish you could walk away with just a fraction of the sisters' sunny decor (including that bonkers amazing banana flower plant?) If so, consider your wish granted: This week the L.A.–based studio released its first edition of woodblock prints on colored paper, and they're a perfect, low-risk way to incorporate some of the sisters' graphic sensibility into your own home.
See the Arlo Skye x Sight Unseen suitcase in the place it was meant to be photographed: Casa Perfect, the Beverly Hills estate–turned–contemporary furniture showroom for design mecca The Future Perfect.
Less than a month after we spotted a stunning unknown painting on the walls of Kai Avent-deLeon's Brooklyn brownstone in 2015, we popped into L.A.'s MAMA gallery for a random visit and instantly recognized that we were surrounded by the work of the very same artist, Mattea Perrotta. It was either kismet or an intense case of Baader-Meinhof, but what's certainly no coincidence — because we're constantly drawn to the work of artists who do — is that Perrotta finds some of her inspiration in design.