Minimalism Here, Midcentury There: These 3 Collections Have It All


This trio of new collections by California designers is a testimony to the variety and timeliness of design.

Two modular planters by Adam Sirak on display between a glass door and a staircase PHOTO: DANIEL COLLOPY


Landscape designer Adam Sirak has added a collection of cast-concrete and bronze indoor-outdoor planters to his eponymous firm’s offerings. Their restrained forms exude an ancient, artful feel reflecting the designer’s view that plants are living sculptures. The pieces, which are modular and can be stacked to create variations in height, are made-to-order, customizable in color and texture, and suited for both indoor and outdoor environments. 

Detail shot of a green and black chair by Ini Archibong for Knoll PHOTO: COURTESY KNOLL


Celebrated international designer Ini Archibong divides his time between New York and Switzerland, but his formative years were spent here in Southern California. Born in Pasadena, he graduated from ArtCenter’s Environmental Design program in 2012. His new collection for Knoll, called Iquo, is an indoor-outdoor range of stackable café furniture. Iquo is Nigerian for “powerful voice” and honors his grandmother, mother and daughter, who share the name.

Geometric wood dining table with two chairs by Lawson-Fenning for CB2 on display in front of a textured wall and fireplace PHOTO: COURTESY CB2


Fellow ArtCenter alums Glenn Lawson and Grant Fenning of Lawson-Fenning have debuted a line for CB2 comprised of seating, tables, case pieces, lighting, bedding and accessories. The designs take inspiration from California’s Arts and Crafts movement and midcentury tradition, while celebrating natural materials like travertine, cotton velvets and sustainably harvested woods, all in a palette inspired by aerial photography of the Golden State’s coast.