RVOC March 2010 : Page 109
home | hotlist Great Gardens With beaches, wilderness parks and other open spaces that rival any in the world, it’s easy to forget that one of O.C.’s most important public spaces is a 1.6-acre sculpture garden tucked between Costa Mesa offi ce towers, restaurants and a parking garage. Isamu Noguchi’s California Scenario is a metaphoric vision of California by a native son (he was born in L.A. in 1904), with elements representing water, deserts and forests—though our favorite is the Spirit of the Lima Bean sculpture made of stone and rock. Want to guess why? signATURe sTYLe isamu noguchi’s initials are hidden within his California Scenario. North by North Best dylan and Sabrina Jones of irvine’s Studio North Design have taken a natural resource that was going to waste and turned it into mod design. Salvaging old-growth douglas fi r from forests along the Pacifi c coast, Studio north’s modular wooden shelving is not only eco-friendly, it also oozes a hip look. it’s also practical—the minimalist blocks and shelves make way for diy designers to build their own furniture, though it’s a far cry from dorm room cinder block shelves. “we actually made our bed with our planks,” Sabrina says. available at design within Reach, dwr.com. Green Scene Bramante’s Tempietto in Rome. The Architecture of Desire “better buildings make us better people.” So an architecture-loving offi cial in aqaatt (think iraq circa 1989) tells the american he’s hired to design a lovely little summerhouse, inspired by the tempietto in Rome. In a Garden, howard Korder’s world premiere play at South coast Rep, looks at aesthetics, ethics and architecture, all amid rumors of war. March 7-28, scr.org. Rain followed by warm weather makes us think of spring busting out all over, triggering must-shop stops at O.C.’s Roger’sGardens and LagunaNursery. Now we’ve added L.A.’s design-centric Beverly Boulevard to our green sweep, where Emerald Bay’s own Greg Salmeri has debuted his second RollingGreens home and garden shop (7505 Beverly Blvd., 323.934.4500). Located in a rambling ex-tire store and garage, it features antique garden statues, stylish coff ee-table books, gourmet goodies and outlandishly lovely orchids. T e industrial-chic spot could only be cooler if it was in O.C.! March 2010 | | 109 nOguchi gaRden by ethan PineS; StudiO nORth by Sal Owen; teMPiettO iMage cOuRteSy OF italian tOuRiSM..