California made the concept of indoor/outdoor living coveted throughout the country. But the joke is that if you live in one of the coast's densely-populated cities today it's often only a small deck or a lovely view that comprises the outdoor portion of your California lifestyle equation. Enter Architectural Pottery. Perfect whether your ambitions run to a great container for your ficus tree or a deck that flows from the french doors in your main living space.
The designs for this line of stylin' mid-century ceramics were acquired and re-issued by San Diego-based Vessel. The bimorphic shapes harken back to SoCal 60's, and, for all the same reasons that mid-century style is experiencing a revival today in all its forms, feel very urbane and current. We like 'em because they look just as good inside as out, and far more sophisticated than your standard issue terra cotta planting pots.
Using a few throughout your home, maybe a couple on the deck or in the garden and one in the room adjoining it would nicely blur the threshold between them. Vessel's reissues include planters, outdoor lanterns, totem-like sculptures (Adler must have been inspired by these), and a very cool bird shelter, and range in price from $95 for a pot to $2095 for the "peanut" planter. The full line can be viewed and ordered (in black, chartreuse, cream, dark red, orange, turquoise, and white glazes) from Vessel online at Architectural Pottery. We found the e-shopping at Mod Livin' to be a little easier to follow, however, as it includes photos and descriptions of each piece they have available. The ordering process and prices are the same at both sites. And prices seem slightly better at eCeramics.com.