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'Modern Outdoor Living' talk and pop-up store set for Saturday in L.A.'s Chinatown

March 12, 2010 |  8:34 am


Shibui Designs, a consortium of artists and self-described craft "makers," will present "Modern Outdoor Living," a panel discussion and pop-up exhibition Saturday in Chung King Plaza of Chinatown in Los Angeles. Shibui Designs partner Randall Wilson, an educator at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena and the Otis College of Art and Design in L.A., will host a show and tell of sustainable outdoor furniture and innovative urban gardening concepts.

Among them: Greenades, a bubble gum machine, above left, repurposed as a seed dispensary for guerrilla gardeners by San Francisco landscape architect David Fletcher and Los Angeles designers Daniel Phillips and Kim Karlsrud. The three seed-bomb choices include one mix, above center and right, specifically devised for planting along the Los Angeles River. 

Luma_settee Other participants include Tom Sandonato, co-founder of the pre-fab architectural firm KitHaus, and Bret Himmel, furniture maker for Modern Outdoor Designs, which produces the Luma collection. The line includes the aluminum and ipe settee, right, which sells for $1,999. 

Environmental designer Jason Burton will unveil  garden benches made from repurposed wooden shipping pallets. The benches are priced from $300. (You can see his shelving made from shipping pallets by clicking to photo No. 24 in this gallery of holiday craft gifts.)

The hourlong panel discussion begins at 5 p.m. The Shibui Designs pop-up store will be open from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at 945 Chung King Road.

-- David A. Keeps

Photo credits: Greenades images from Fletcher Studio; Luma settee from Modern Outdoor Designs

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