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Hot LiSt | outdoor living outDoorS 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. by Laura eckstein, amanda Friedman and Maile Pingel great tHe We all know that one of the greatest benefi ts 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 fi re 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 eﬃ cient 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.” Th e 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. Th e heated seating allows you to extend the day and the seasons,” he adds. Th e chairs are available in fi ve 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 fi nish—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, galanterandjones.com the Hot Seat portraIt by Jen sIska, taken on locatIon at Flora grubb
The Great Outdoors
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.
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, galanterandjones.com
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 benchbuilt 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, mckinnonharris.Com
Lap of Luxury
This season, Marin County-based Restoration Hardware will be introducing numerous collections as part of its RH Outdoor platform. Standouts include the Colorado line, consisting of sturdy pieces made of reclaimed Russian oak, as well as a chic assortment of luxurious statement daybeds and sectionals. Also in the mix will be Los Angeles designer (and longtime RH collaborator) Ben Soleimani, who will be introducing his first collection of outdoor rugs and poufs. Crafted from hand-knotted premium yarns, the pieces look and feel like they are made of wool, yet perform in any weather, and come in stylish stripes and bold, Moroccan-inspired patterns. Poufs (shown above), from $395, restorationhardware.com
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, fouladiprojects.com
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, 8687Melrose Ave, West Hollywood, 310. 657.0800, dedon.de
"I do this because I love it," says Stephen Block, founder of Culver City-based Inner Gardens, one of the West Coast's most successful landscape businesses. After switching from a law degree to study ornamental horticulture upon discovering a fascination with plants, then later leaving a successful Beverly Hills real estate career after realizing his drawings were all of greenhouses, Block finally started his own garden company. "I went from being an agent with Armani suits and a Mercedes to wearing jeans and carrying around a bucket and scissors," he shares. Since opening Inner Gardens in 1989, Block and his staff of 40 have helped create spaces for everyone from Matthew McConaughey to Monique Lhuillier. From interior and exterior landscapes for homes across L.A. to enriching some of the city's top hotels (Shutters, The Beverly Hilton) and even the terrace at Soho House, Inner Gardens offers a full range of services and products. Shipments come in from around the world, filling Block's shop with incredible finds: a salvaged wroughtiron balcony from New Orleans, new rattan globe lights and a massive selection of planters in every shape and size imaginable—even a line of recycled-rubber pots that look like handstitched leather. There's a reason the world's top designers have Block's number in their cell. "People are looking for inspiration," he says. "We have it." 6050 W. Jefferson Blvd., L.A., 310. 838.8378, innergardens.com
Making a Splash
When garden spaces are accessible, comfortable and beautiful, they're used more often. It's a simple truth, and one that Orange County-based landscape designer-builder John Shippy understands. So when it comes to the outdoor spaces his firm, Geoscape, creates for its clients, effortlessness is of utmost importance. Shippy, who specializes in high-end pool and patio construction (everything from landscaping and lighting to audio/visual systems and home automation), has just opened an expansive showroom stocked with luxury contemporary furniture and accessories. Visitors will find minimalist shelving filled with tile and stone samples, clean-lined seating and modernist topiaries within the gallery's gleamingwhite space. It's a hefty dose of inspiration for designers and the public alike. The showroom is open Monday through Friday, and Saturday by appointment only. The fact that Geoscape isn't really open on weekends is proof that Shippy knows a thing or two about enjoying life. 20372 Hermana Circle, Lake Forest, 949. 916.4545, geoscape.biz
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE OUTDOOR ENTERTAINING TIPS?
"I try to always keep things simple, not fussy, so that people can relax and enjoy themselves. And I tend to focus on the basics: Instead of 100 dishes, narrow it down to just a few; have a signature cocktail; and set up a buffet so that guests can serve themselves. It helps the host be less stressed!"
- GRANT K. GIBSON INTERIOR DESIGNER, SAN FRANCISCO
"Put things out on silver trays (if you don't have trays, line cookie sheets with cool newspaper). A couple of trays make it look like you've totally got it together. Another fun trick for summer is to get little green Pellegrino bottles and soak off the labels. Then just put in one simple flower."
- LULU POWERS ENTERTAINING EXPERT, LOS ANGELES
"Turn your garden into an outdoor drawing room—hang a chandelier from a tree or haul your Chippendale mahogany dining table onto the terrace, along with the matching chairs, silver candlesticks and china. And don't forget to pump up your garden lighting so it looks like moonlight or fireflies!"
- HUTTON WILKINSON INTERIoR DESIGNER, LoS ANGELES
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