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Object of Desire: The Life Chair


Object of Desire: The Life Chair

April 26, 2022

Whether you live in the country or in town, it is very possible that your garden is oriented in such a way that the sunset is in slightly the wrong place. And yet the view is perfect from an upstairs window, or the roof, or a treehouse—none of which has the same appeal as a seat in the garden at a certain time of day. Carpenter Chris Prophet and landscape designer David Godshall of Terremoto were having parallel thoughts on this subject when they began to develop the idea of a combination lifeguard chair and observation deck, which they call the “Life Chair.”

“I think there’s something alluring about indulging in the garden while also experiencing it in a larger context,” says Chris. “What I’ve discovered since owning my own Life Chair, is that aside from seeing beyond the garden, it is also amazing to be above the garden, gazing down upon its glory.” To which David adds: “I sit in mine almost nightly, watching a movie at the end of the evening with a glass of bourbon, and enjoying the view of the skunks strolling by from my safe little perch.”

The Life Chair is made out of durable redwood, and retails at $3,000, to order from the Terremoto store Plant Material.

Photography courtesy of Chris Prophet and David Godshall.

Above: The Life Chair, raised in Los Angeles by David Godshall of Terremoto Landscape and Chris Prophet of Wulf Wood.
Above: Is your garden a jungle? The Life Chair is a welcome focal point in “fuller” gardens, while providing new perspectives.
Above: The Life Chair mixes a lifeguard chair’s utility with craftsmanship and quality materials. Redwood has an excellent record in weather and insect resistance, while retaining its warm color.
Above: Staying up late, on a Life Chair.

To read more about Terremoto’s garden design philosophy, see The Future of Gardening: A Plan From Terremoto.

For a tour of David Godshall’s own garden, see Garden Visit: ‘Nuance and Unplanned Fun’ in a Landscape Architect’s Echo Park Garden.

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