Photograph by Lisa Romerein
Branching out: Sean Knibb, the landscape designer who turned a defunct IHOP into chef Roy Choi’s warm, woodsy A-Frame, is venturing into furniture. His SK1 is a line of modernist tables and seating made from powder-coated or recycled iron, Carrara marble or reclaimed wood, and indoor-outdoor fabrics or burlap. “I’m always trying to find the balance between things that feel fresh but have a sense of history,” Knibb says. Back to his roots: The 42-year-old native Jamaican still designs high-end greenscapes and more affordable modular gardens. He gave plant names to his locally handcrafted pieces, among them the “Ilex” table and the “Boxwood” ottoman (pictured). “I like to infuse nature into everything I do.” Iconic inspirations: Knibb fantasizes about remaking Marcel Breuer’s classic “Wassily” chair in macramé. Meanwhile he’s expanding his collection with a sling chair influenced by the ones that dot beaches in the south of France. » Available at Knibb Design, 1522 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, 310-450-5552 or knibbdesign.com and Calypso Home, Brentwood Country Mart, 225 26th St., Santa Monica, 310-587-0703.