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Funky furniture: Sculptural furniture goes mid-century at Moss+Mineral

Step into Moss+Mineral and you’ll never find the same thing twice. Mixed media artist Lisa Kinoshita has created a little rabbit-hole Wonderland for mid-century design and groovy plant art like funky terrariums and succulents that look like desert rocks. Right now, though, there’s sculptural furniture from reclaimed wood by two local designers – Carlos Taylor Swanson of Madera Furnishings and Birdloft – that reinvent modern with a twist of 21st-century sleekness.

Swanson carved his coffee table from claro walnut rescued from a forest fire in Sacramento. Smooth and grainy on top, with a textured thick edge like crumbly bread, it also has a jutting steel shelf (inlaid, with lovely skill) with a circular hole for an inset bowl. Kinoshita has it filled with moss, but a fishbowl would look just as good – and unexpected. (A glass cover keeps things neat.) Three matching candlesticks of the same walnut give a modish, ‘70s vibe.

In the window is a coffee table by Birdloft, aka Tacoma furniture designers Jeff Libby and Adrienne Wicks, who sell on Etsy. Libby reclaims his structuralist materials from salvaged building sites and "out-of-the-way places" – this slim table combines a light, textured maple with a minimalist square steel frame to achieve a Cubism-meets-forest feel.

Also in Moss+Mineral: Claudia Riedener’s giant heads, which look perfectly surreal in Kinoshita’s indoor jungle of succulents and cacti, and some wistful photographs by Seattle artist Harriet McNamara, who combines subtle exposures and long shadows with close framing and unexpected subjects (a French Catholic priest, a Parisian prostitute). A couple of paper "wasp nests" by Holly Senn fit right in.

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