Rich materials and inventive designs define the latest collections from three of L.A.’s most innovative creators. Take a peek at their exciting offerings below.
CARMEN ELLIS SHOWCASES THE ILLUMINATION SERIES
Designer Carmen Ellis’ latest collection, the Illumination Series, reveals her fascination with the human form. “I design objects that have a life all their own,” she says. Her stoneware pieces include the Hand Vessel, so called for the hands that clasp its rim, and the Face Vessel, a mask-like wall pocket which is also available as a sconce. But it’s her cast-bronze objets that truly highlight her Surrealist tendencies. The Flora & Fauna lamps are crafted in the form of a woman’s body with crossed legs (one model at the knees, the other at the ankles) and work as an asymmetrical pair, while her Footed candleholders look as though they might tiptoe across the table.
PHOTO: ELLIE BAYGULOV
CLAUDE HOME LAUNCHES A FURNISHINGS LINE
San Diego native Maggie Holladay founded online design shop Claude Home in 2018 with a focus on vintage wares—but now the Los Angeles-based creative has added pieces of her own design. Working with artist Chandler McLellan, Holladay has launched a furnishings line with an A-shape wood stool (“A classic look that can transition into a variety of spaces,” she notes.) and an upholstered bed and bench available in mohair or linen. Also in the shop are Italian cashmere pillows, mohair throws, and tabletop items crafted by McLellan, including carved marble bowls, bookends and incense burners. True to her start, Holladay will still carry select midcentury finds.
PHOTO: COURTESY CLAUDE HOME
CROFT HOUSE CELEBRATES THEIR MADE-IN-L.A. ETHOS
Croft House has launched not one but three product releases that celebrate their contemporary, made-in-L.A. ethos. The Morro collection focuses on natural oak and includes an oval dining table, bench and credenza—the latter featuring leather-wrapped doors and spherical stone door pulls. For the Milo line, the brand’s designers opted for Douglas fir, giving a desk, bookcase and wall shelves simple but decorative cutout detailing. Meanwhile, the Norah collection uses industrial steel to create a clean-lined accent table—customizable with glass, wood or leather tops—and a sleek, leather-wrapped buffet that lends itself to any room in the house.