Indigi Designs

South African design reconceived in a native's debut furniture line

For a country whose design aesthetic regularly gets lumped in with Kente cloth-swathed visions of Africa, furniture designer Natalie du Toit’s work boldly redefines South African style. Applying her native land’s strong sense of color and pattern to finely-crafted wood and metal furniture, a process of refining humble materials, du Toit’s designs create a striking effect without overpowering a room. While this deft touch was …

Nature-Inspired Accessories

Icelandic biodiversity in the work of four jewelry designers

Even if you’ve never been to Iceland, you’ve probably seen images of its otherworldly landscape that hint at what a central role nature plays in shaping visual culture there. The following Icelandic designers have taken the idea to heart with jewelry that incorporates organic forms and patterns, or in one case, a living plant itself. We found these four standouts from the ever-growing world of …

Four Seasons in Yosemite

L.A. Times photographer Mark Boster shares tips and his new travel series

Most days find Los Angeles Times photographer Mark Boster on what he affectionately calls “the crash and burn shift,” taking photos of courthouses, accidents and crimes to accompany the news of the sprawling metropolis of Southern California. But ask Boster about travel photography and you’ll get a twinkle in his eye and his unabashed enthusiasm for the subject. Born and raised in Fullerton, Boster has …