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Tidal Flux Ottoman by designer Riley McFerrin, illustrator Sara Gillingham and fibre artist Coral Harding.
Tidal Flux Ottoman by designer Riley McFerrin, illustrator Sara Gillingham and fibre artist Coral Harding.

Unspoiled B.C. surroundings inspire hand-made designs Add to ...

Designer Riley McFerrin was raised in a place that celebrates its artificiality: Los Angeles. But because he married a Canadian (and hated L.A.’s smog), he now lives somewhere almost entirely natural: British Columbia’s serene Sunshine Coast. The unspoiled environs inspire his work.

At his year-old studio Hinterland, he hand makes light fixtures from foraged beach branches, and crafts side tables that echo the crystalline shapes of the Rockies.

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His Tidal Flux Ottoman (co-created with his wife, illustrator Sara Gillingham, as well as fibre artist Coral Harding) takes after the humble, netted crab trap. The rope work – a mix of macramé, crochet and sailors’ knots – looks delicate but is highly durable. The cotton, wool and nylon cords are wrapped around a brass-covered, stainless-steel frame and are tied to withstand wind, rain and the roughest of seas.

Tidal Flux Ottoman $3,000. hinterlanddesign.com.

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