By Marisa Marcantonio
Last week, The Editor at Large curated an assortment of California-made home furnishings and accessories for the California Bespoke exhibition at the California Gift Show with the help of EAL contributing editors Jennie Nunn, Jason Oliver Nixon, Vanessa Kogevinas and myself.
San Francisco potter Alex Marshall Studio's ceramic white nesting bowls have an imperfect, artisinal feel.
The result was a 1,200 sf gallery featuring the region's most influential designers, artists and craftsmen in a juried collective of custom furnishings, one-of-a-kind home accessories, jewelry and fashion accessories, stationery goods, hand-crafted objects and original works of art.
Joe Cariati, LA glassblower, makes some of the best hand-blown glass pieces. This smoky glass assortment of vases is from his Angelic collection (left). The Chameleon Desk Lamp is a handmade ceramic lamp with Peter Dunham fabric insert from West Hollywood's Hollywood at Home (right).
Editors searched for innovative designs in every corner of Northern and Southern CA. Set designer Christopher Gaona created a stunningly produced display area that integrated the varied items, giving them a meaningful setting.
A dog bed from Ferrick Mason textiles in Lucas Check brings a little canine style to the floor (left).
"Curated and merchandised with this aspirational customer in-mind, California Bespoke cultivates a vibrant mix of regional, new-to-market offerings and time honored designs, creating a relevant and inspired buying experience to serve the modern retailer," said a market representative.
Hillary Thomas' Rock n' Rolla Finials of semi-precious stones from her Finial Touch collection through Chic Shop.
The variety and depth of the choices on display showed homegrown talent, and showcased high design, artisan products that showed California at the forefront of many great design trends today—from up-cycling to block printed fabrics.