Here in Los Angeles, our outdoor spaces--and long seasons of warmth in which to enjoy them--are the object of envy. So shouldn't our outdoor furniture be equally snazzy?
That's what L.A.-based painter-turned-garden-designer Judy Kameon envisions when she and husband Erik Otsea design Plain Air pieces. Their showroom vibrates with colorful, locally sourced and fabricated chairs, couches and tables that are a cult hit among Angelenos. We predict the duo's just-added chaises will soon pop up around the poshest pools in town.
Geometric shapes range from the flea-market-find-inspired hoop chair ($450) to clean-lined sectional sofas, benches and day beds (from $1,400). Plain Air's mosaic tile tables (from $450) embody a cheerful, handmade aesthetic.
Unlike most outdoor furniture, these powder-coated pieces withstand years of rainy days without requiring frumpy covers. Also, sleek shapes such as the new, boxy Cube chair ($1,800 ) promise to age as stylishly as a Barcelona chair. Upholstered in weatherproofed fabrics from Sunbrella, Trina Turk, Scalamandre and others, the Modernist-inspired designs can be rotated indoors and out.
While Plain Air pieces are available online, we suggest visiting the showroom not only to browse furniture but also to find inspiration for accessorizing with bright pillows, lanterns, and Bauer and Gainey pottery. It'll have you wishing for an endless summer.
Plain Air, 2340 West Third St.; 213-380-3185 or www.plainair.com