Thursday, April 9, 2009

Check It Out: New Showroom

It was great to hear from Los Angeles-based garden designer Judy Kameon of Elysian Landscapes today. Having just seen her in Los Angeles two weeks ago, I knew that she and her husband and partner, the photographer Eric Otsea, recently opened a new showroom for their line of modern outdoor furniture, Plain Air.

When a 10-ton dumptruck crashed into the offices of Elysian Landscapes last year, no one knew what a happy accident it would turn out to be. Formerly available only to garden clients and the trade, the Plain Air partners have now decided to open their doors to the public in their new space at 2340 West Third Street, Los Angeles, where the Elysian Landscapes offices are now also housed.

“Making a showroom for Plain Air might never have happened if that truck had not crashed into us. Now we’ll be offering our newly expanded line, custom pieces and built-ins, outdoor upholstery, garden accessories and full exterior design services to the public as well as the trade,” says Kameon.

The building at West Third has a great story, Judy tells me. It was designed by Harwell Hamilton Harris in 1950 for a graphic/industrial designer and his illustrator wife, Charles and Kay Cruz. Cruz and Harris were colleagues at Chouinard, an art school of renown that was founding in 1921, which was right around the corner from our building on Third Street. It was built as a live/work space, and so was truly modern in every sense
of the word.

Judy describes the building as the ideal place for Plain Air: “The building has tons of glass and is perfectly sited on a south/north axis, so there is never any direct sunlight coming into the space, all year long. We have a lovely courtyard entrance and will soon be starting on the garden in the back and our roofterrace, all which features Plain Air furniture.”

For more information, please contact Judy Kameon at or phone 213.380.3185.


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