Ceramicist Raina Lee has created a showroom for pottery with her companion, architect Mark Watanabe, inside a stilted shed in the backyard of their household in Los Angeles.

The 68-square-foot (six.three-square-metre) structure hides behind the couple’s residence in Los Angeles’ Mount Washington neighbourhood. The cabin was currently constructed on the house when Lee bought it in 2013, but she had no intention of utilizing the additional space to showcase her operate.

“I bought the house but did not have an intended use for the treehouse, in addition to the occasional tea and morning yoga,” the artist told Dezeen. “Ultimately we realised it would make sense to use the treehouse as a committed showroom.”

The shed is raised on stilts to match the height of surrounding trees. It is accessed from wooden methods that lead to a bridge lined with bungee cords. Fir wood clads the exterior of the mini structure, which is also fronted with massive glass windows that draw in light and deliver views of the verdant surroundings.

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“The treehouse is created out of exposed wood which aids it blend in with the trees on the hillside,” Watanabe stated.

Plywood comprises significantly of the interior’s particulars such as its furnishings and accents. Lee chose the uncomplicated material to draw interest to her “maximalist” ceramics.

Treehouse Showroom by Raina Lee

“The treehouse is largely plywood, which offers a blank slate for the ceramics, which are frequently maximalist,” Lee stated. “The clean interior of the treehouse aids showcase the variation in the operate.”

For the centre of the 1-area dwelling, the couple made a modest circular tea table with geometric legs created from plywood. The slender constructing material also lines the cabin”s 4 walls.

Getting ample area for storage and show of the pottery was the most vital consideration of the project’s style. Employing scavenged wood from an old shipping crate, Lee and Watanabe constructed a number of shelves that span the showroom’s back wall.

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“All of the the wood for the shelves was reclaimed from regional sources,” the couple added. “The horizontal planks came from packing crates and the vertical members came from branches reduce straight from the plants on the hillside.”

Treehouse Showroom by Raina Lee

Supports for the ledges had been crafted with juniper branches sourced from the surrounding nature. The joints differ in thickness and their differing heights correspond with the space in between the shelves.

Shorter objects are placed on the low hanging shelves, even though pieces that demand far more height match on the upper shelves exactly where the spacing is bigger.

Treehouse Showroom by Raina Lee

Lee’s ceramics, which experiments with texture, type, and chemistry, are arranged in a line across the hand-reduce ledges. Her kiln is situated on the house, methods away from the showroom and the studio is housed in the primary house’s laundry area.

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Lee and Watanabe’s outpost follows other artists developing equivalent structures on their properties to show and carry out their operate. Matt Gibson made a 10 square metre shed for a writer’s studio and architect Richard John Andrews constructed a tiny studio space in his garden.

Photography is by Mark Watanabe.


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