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Steal This Look: An Artful and Eclectic San Francisco Garden

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Steal This Look: An Artful and Eclectic San Francisco Garden

May 7, 2024

In San Francisco’s often foggy, dune-filled Outer Sunset neighborhood, landscape design firm Talc Studio transformed a small “sand pit” into a lush and characterful garden. While the garden is equal parts custom and artful, there are a number of design details and useful sources to glean. Here we detail our favorite components.

The garden takes inspiration from the landscapes and architecture of Sea Ranch and the Eames Case Study House #8. Photograph by Jorden DeGaetano, courtesy of Talc Studio. from Landscape Design Visit: ‘Moving Art’ in a San Francisco Yard by Talc Studio.
Above: The garden takes inspiration from the landscapes and architecture of Sea Ranch and the Eames Case Study House #8. Photograph by Jorden DeGaetano, courtesy of Talc Studio. from Landscape Design Visit: ‘Moving Art’ in a San Francisco Yard by Talc Studio.
A custom redwood greenhouse and furniture anchor the deck area. Photograph by Jorden DeGaetano, courtesy of Talc Studio. from Landscape Design Visit: ‘Moving Art’ in a San Francisco Yard by Talc Studio.
Above: A custom redwood greenhouse and furniture anchor the deck area. Photograph by Jorden DeGaetano, courtesy of Talc Studio. from Landscape Design Visit: ‘Moving Art’ in a San Francisco Yard by Talc Studio.
Designed with a sliding door, pressure popper skylight, and copper piping as shelf brackets, just some of the details conceived by designer Nobuto Suga. Photograph by Jorden DeGaetano, courtesy of Talc Studio. from Landscape Design Visit: ‘Moving Art’ in a San Francisco Yard by Talc Studio.
Above: Designed with a sliding door, pressure popper skylight, and copper piping as shelf brackets, just some of the details conceived by designer Nobuto Suga. Photograph by Jorden DeGaetano, courtesy of Talc Studio. from Landscape Design Visit: ‘Moving Art’ in a San Francisco Yard by Talc Studio.

Materials

The tiled table is a collaboration between Talc and Bay Area woodworker Nobuto Suga. For a similar shade of tile, the Fireclay Vintage Leather Tile is available in a variety of sizes at Fireclay.
Above: The tiled table is a collaboration between Talc and Bay Area woodworker Nobuto Suga. For a similar shade of tile, the Fireclay Vintage Leather Tile is available in a variety of sizes at Fireclay.

Furniture & Lighting

The green dining set is by the designers’ friend Shin Okuda of Waka Waka. A Set of Green Double Cylinder Back Chairs are made with lacquered baltic birch plywood, available through Waka Waka.
Above: The green dining set is by the designers’ friend Shin Okuda of Waka Waka. A Set of Green Double Cylinder Back Chairs are made with lacquered baltic birch plywood, available through Waka Waka.
The Waka Waka Steel Cylinder Leg Table in green is made custom in powder coated steel.
Above: The Waka Waka Steel Cylinder Leg Table in green is made custom in powder coated steel.
The string lights are custom by sculptor Rico Duenas and made with brass cups that patina over time. Contact Rico Duenas for commissions and more information. For an easy alternative, though certainly not as artful, the LumaBase Electric Cafe String Lights with metal domes is \$45 at Amazon.
Above: The string lights are custom by sculptor Rico Duenas and made with brass cups that patina over time. Contact Rico Duenas for commissions and more information. For an easy alternative, though certainly not as artful, the LumaBase Electric Cafe String Lights with metal domes is $45 at Amazon.

Greenhouse and Planters

The greenhouse by Nobuto Suga was constructed from local redwood. For an off-the-shelf alternative, consider the 9-by-6-foot Willow Greenhouse is \$\1,999 at Backyard Discovery.
Above: The greenhouse by Nobuto Suga was constructed from local redwood. For an off-the-shelf alternative, consider the 9-by-6-foot Willow Greenhouse is $1,999 at Backyard Discovery.
From Mother Co., Terracotta Cylinder Pots start at \$\18.
Above: From Mother Co., Terracotta Cylinder Pots start at $18.

Accessories

From La Muerte Tiene Permiso, the Whitelights of Mexico City Mezcal Tequila Glass start at £\25 each.
Above: From La Muerte Tiene Permiso, the Whitelights of Mexico City Mezcal Tequila Glass start at £25 each.
The Alessi Tonale Plate in beech wood is functional for outdoor dining; €35 each at Volta.
Above: The Alessi Tonale Plate in beech wood is functional for outdoor dining; €35 each at Volta.
Designed by ceramicist Carolina Bednorz, the Handmade Stoneware Citrus Juicer is €54 at Volta.
Above: Designed by ceramicist Carolina Bednorz, the Handmade Stoneware Citrus Juicer is €54 at Volta.
From Object & Totem, the Loaf Vase Snow is \$\2\10 at The Primary Essentials.
Above: From Object & Totem, the Loaf Vase Snow is $210 at The Primary Essentials.

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