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The Scout: Plain Air, a new California-cool patio furniture showroom

May 26, 2009 |  3:35 pm


Anyone who has walked from the arrival gates to baggage claim in this city’s airport will spot the inspiration for the indoor-outdoor mosaic tables by Plain Air.

"We are obsessed with tile, from the great tile corridor at LAX to the amazing tiled buildings all over Lisbon," says Elysian Landscapes founder Judy Kameon, who designed a collection of patio pieces with her husband and partner, Erik Otsea.

As a salute to clean and colorful California post-World War II outdoor furniture design, the collection includes simple powder-coated stainless-steel silhouettes —- tables, benches, cafe chairs and daybeds that range from $450 to $3,800 -- paved with glass mosaic tiles or covered in weatherproof cushions. A classic hoop lounge chair with a seat and back woven from vinyl cord offers a 1950s kick for $450. Custom colors and sizes are available and are produced locally within 6 to 8 weeks.

The Plain Air showroom, which also stocks Bauer pottery and Greenform cement-fiber planters, is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays and by appointment on other weekdays. Plain Air, 2340 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles, (213) 380-3185; www.plainair.com.


Plain Air's trio of mosaic nesting tables comes in three color assortments. The cool blue, left, and neutral, right, palettes are $935 each. The hot colors, center, are $995.


A daybed with Sunbrella cushions is $3,800. To the right, a hoop chair, $450, sits next to a tall orange vase, a reissued midcentury design by Bauer.

-- David A. Keeps

Photos: Erik Otsea