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Unspoiled B.C. surroundings inspire hand-made designs

Tidal Flux Ottoman by designer Riley McFerrin, illustrator Sara Gillingham and fibre artist Coral Harding.

Designer Riley McFerrin was raised in a place that celebrates its artificiality: Los Angeles. But because he married a Canadian (and hated L.A.'s smog), he now lives somewhere almost entirely natural: British Columbia's serene Sunshine Coast. The unspoiled environs inspire his work.

At his year-old studio Hinterland, he hand makes light fixtures from foraged beach branches, and crafts side tables that echo the crystalline shapes of the Rockies.

His Tidal Flux Ottoman (co-created with his wife, illustrator Sara Gillingham, as well as fibre artist Coral Harding) takes after the humble, netted crab trap. The rope work – a mix of macramé, crochet and sailors' knots – looks delicate but is highly durable. The cotton, wool and nylon cords are wrapped around a brass-covered, stainless-steel frame and are tied to withstand wind, rain and the roughest of seas.

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Tidal Flux Ottoman $3,000.

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