Transport any room with the deep colors, wild patterns, and exotic textures of faraway places.
Commissioned by New Mexican artist Ford Ruthling (four of his Pueblo pottery paintings have been used on U.S. stamps), this wooden tray (26.5” x 20.5”) displays an unusual combination of an old-fashioned parasol, buzzing bees, and a strutting Bengal tiger; $139. (800) 320-9757
Maximize storage in narrow spaces with the rattan Nigel Etagere’s five shelves and a drawer; $795. Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, 441 S. Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs. 778-1888
The four-panel Miles Screen has a modern edge that divides and conquers; $1,495. Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, 441 S. Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs. 778-1888
Honey of a Comb
Doubling as a fertility symbol, this carved woman’s hair comb is a charming piece from everyday life in Ethiopia; $195. Things I Like, 668 N. Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs. 318-9632.
Read With Me
Who couldn’t use someone watching over them? Darwin’s Monkey lamp with faux suede shade adds a friend to any den; $150. Tchotchkes,650 N. Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs. 327-4990.
Back to Stool
The curved-top of this Ethiopian three-legged stool (far right) also functions as a wash basin, $295. A six-legged stool from the Nupe tribe in Kenya (right) has a decorated top; $375. Each is carved from a single piece of wood. Things I Like, 668 N. Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs. 318-9632.
Give this a whirl: Tommy Bahama Somerset Way ceiling fan in medium antique brown; $695. (800) 823-4964.
Cluster these contemporary, zebra-patterned shaped wood pieces anywhere you need extra height and visual interest; $152, $168, and $182. Tchotchkes, 650 N. Palm Canyon Dr.,
Palm Springs. 327-4990.
Bring Some Flowers, Wood You?
A cousin of teak, the sustainable Indian desert kikar wood of this swirled vase bears trademark variations of texture and grain patterns. The turned, gourd-shaped vases come in three sizes with a removable glass insert on the inside and a warm, rich luster on the outside; $49-$89. (800) 233-6011
Collecting blown down palm tree trunk husks, local artist Shimko uses them as his playful canvas, transforming them into a painted jungle of elephants, gorillas, tigers, and giraffes; $85-$250. East of Java Importers, 450 S. Indian Canyon Dr., Palm Springs. 864-6200
Made of a Malacca cane frame (in black or brown finish) with stainless steel details, the Ciack Folding Chair really calls the shots; $1,517. Pictured in brown Ancestor leather with patchwork detail; other leathers available. Passages, The Atrium Design Center, 69-930 Highway 111, Rancho Mirage, 328-4550.
Get in Shapes
The Heliotrope Table in macassar ebony by Palm Springs designer Mark Newman was inspired by the silhouette of an hourglass. Its curves and cutouts make a graceful statement. And in two sizes and 12 finishes, it can be an end table, dining table, or bedside table.
To the trade only. (800) 871-7701
The Zebra Wood Vanity by Sonia carries the look right
into the powder room; $5,278. Bath & Kitchen Elegance
of the Desert, 75-105 Merle Dr., Palm Desert. 568-9300, (888) SONIA-US