Wood Bowls: Silvia Song’s bowls are labor-intensive investment pieces designed for the long run. She carves them by hand from maple then dyes them with an indigo stain she created with natural dye expert Kristine Vejar. After composting leaves from the indigo plant for a month, Vejar ferments them to make a brew that, Song says, is “full of live cultures that activate the dye—similar to yogurt.” Song dips each bowl up to 20 times in the indigo pigment, allowing it to dry between dunkings. From $350 each; silviasong.com, available at marchsf.com.
Stone Slab: Like Song, Rochelle Cheri Chavez of Primitive Reserve also uses long-lasting natural materials for her designs. She carves stone and marble into serving pieces like this slab. “Straight lines are easy to cut with a saw,” she says. “But when I’m cutting rounded shapes like this one, I have to use a hand grinder. Sparks are flying. It’s awesome.” The LA-based designer scours local marble yards for interesting remnants. “Someone probably made a beautiful countertop out of that pink slab, and I was lucky enough to get a piece of it,” she says. From $120; primitivereserve.com.
Locavore Linens: “My relationship to the land and to the farmers is the fuel for my work,” says weaver Adele Stafford of Oakland, California’s Voices of Industry. Her textiles use cotton from northern California’s organic Viriditas Farm, where the soil is fertilized by a flock of merino sheep and enriched by heirloom Sonora wheat crops. Designed as diptychs and triptychs, her pieces can be used as table runners or transformed into placemats or kitchen towels by separating the panels at the fringe that connects them to one another. From $385; voicesofindustry.com.