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Alma Allen
A bronze bowl sits outside near the artist's studio in Joshua Tree

Oh, haven?t you heard? We?re in the midst of a new Bronze Age in design. Interior designers such as Kelly Wearstler and Jonathan Adler are mass-producing bronze bibelots for the home. We?ve discovered a unique way to embrace the warming trend. 

Meet Joshua Tree craftsman Alma Allen and his simply brilliant bronze bowls

We?ve long admired Allen?s work with the hot Los Angeles design firm Commune. (He did the bronze disk lobby door handles at the Ace in Palm Springs.) And we?re equally smitten with his fabulous one-of-a-kind bronze creations. About six inches in diameter, these pieces (from $340) have subtle details that make them collectible works of art: One version balances on three little feet, while another has a skinny handle. All are sand-cast and polished by hand; their little irregularities bring to mind the Japanese design concept of wabi-sabi, which celebrates beauty in imperfection. 

These small bowls (as well as other carvings in ironwood and stone) are intriguing, adding a shiny note of elegance to any room. They adorn the midcentury-modern homes of cool design mavens such as gallerist Shaun Caley Regen, who delights in their compelling strangeness. We do, too.

Available at Commune, 650 N. Robertson Blvd.; 310-855-9080 or allenpearce.com

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