Who we are.

Tip the world over on its side and everything loose will land in Los Angeles. -Frank Lloyd Wright

Slowly sloping towards the ocean, Los Angeles is a bazaar of curiosities, marvels, and sun-soaked fantasy. But cradling this dream by the beach, acting as segue from the make-believe to the reality of the surrounding deserts is the chaparral. It is a landscape in between. It is from this space that Chaparral Studio fashions the wispy end of strings into reminders of these possibilities.

Bianca D’Amico studied art, receiving a BFA from Otis and an MFA from CalArts. Her affinity for playing with plants, a few of which are like her, native to California, led to creating terrariums – whimsical worlds where miniature figures could play out little narratives – and Terri Planty was formed.

Now the edges are expanding. The blanket laid out is unfolding further.

Chaparral Studio is a proscenium of arcing lines of flora, bones, feathers, and crystalline stones that frame the glow of that distinct California light scattered upon the spaces we live and those we remember.

Bianca can often be found pausing to notice an otherwise overlooked peculiarity on the ground and consulting her faithful and ever-interested dog before returning home with it to the slight confusion of her two feline roommates.

Specializing in the handmade, be it planted, worn, celebrated or seen, Chaparral Studio is a creative studio based in and inspired by the Los Angeles landscape with an emphasis on storytelling, the organic, and all the details found along the way… Please view our services page to learn more about what we do…

If you are in the mood for a little video action check out our studio tour hosted by Emma of EMMA DIME and shot / edited by WADE! below…

 

 

A special thank you to these two. My folks. They are my mentors, collaborators, support group, and inspiration. A big part of the Chaparral Studio team. Without these two none of this would have been possible.

 

Elsewhere.

events

current / upcoming

11.1 – 11.24.2013
arts restore la / hammer / westwood

11.14.2013
5 – 9pm
pergolina martini party trunk show

 

past

anacota exchange pop up shop 2013
the cream la 2013

work / shop – la 2012

unique la spring 2012

dwell on design 2012
unique la holiday 2011
dwell on design 2011
rcf summer 2011
unique la spring 2011
rcf holiday 2010

clients / collaborations

atx
bash, please
dwell on design
disney / abc television group
laure joliet photography
lunafest
rachel allen architecture
shades of green
smilebooth
soho house
urban palate
works/shop la

press & blog mentions

chic mama la gift guide / 2013
la times handmade holiday gift guide / 2013
la i’m yours / artistic environmental retail / 2013

the wash / girl crush / 2013

justina blakeney / on my radar / 2013
apartment therapy / meet the maker / 2013
emma dime / lovely lady
/ 2013
daily candy / spring 2013 LA wedding guide
100 layer cake/ the cream los angeles part 1 /2013
100 layer cake/ the cream los angeles part 2 /2013
100 layer cake/ the cream los angeles part 3 /2013
100 layer cake/ the cream los angeles part 4 /2013
emma dime / chaparral studio / 2013
justina blakeney /chaparral’s lady caves / 2012

smashbox studios / the weekend round up / 2012

the terri planty days…
gardenista / 2012
la weekly – best of la – best custom terrariums / 2012
gregory han – forgive me father, for i have blogged / 2011
elauinc / 2011
la weekly  / 2011
apartment therapy / 2011
on my honor / 2011
the curious pug / 2011
los angeles times / 2011
dear hancock / 2011
the brick house / 2011
oh hello friend / 2011
at home at home / 2011
the brick house / 2011
los angeles times / 2011
love your way / 2011
woolly pocket / 2011

elle decor / 2011
apartment therapy / 2011
the curious pug / 2010
the brick house / 2010
a merry mishap / 2010
poppytalk / 2010

 

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in stores:

LA

individual medley
3176 glendale blvd
atwater village, ca 90039
323.665.5344
theindividualmedley.com

new stone age
8407 W 3rd st
los angeles, ca 90048
323.658.5969
newstoneagela.com

otherwild
1932 echo park avenue
echo park, ca 90026
323.546.8437
otherwild.com

poketo
820 east third street
los angeles, ca 90013
213.537.0751
poketo.com

pergolina
10139 riverside drive
toluca lake, ca 91602
818.508.7708
pergolina.com

reform school
3902 sunset blvd
silver lake, ca 90029
323.906-8660
reformschoolrules.com

shelter half
161 south la brea
los angeles, 90036
323.936.0225
shelterhalf.com

826 LA / echo park time travel mart
1714 west sunset blvd.
los angeles, ca 90026
826la.org

 

PORTLAND

alder & co.
616 SW 12th Ave
portland, or 97205
503.224.1647
alderandcoshop.com

 

photo credits

bob d’amico
bradney evans
marble rye
mindy bean
rad + in love (cover photo)
paige lowe
quílez studio

 

Services.

OBJECTS

terrariums

our terrariums are not your typical run of the mill planted creations.  we create landscapes that indulge your fantasies and tickle your perceptions. not only filled with beautiful collections of plant life, but they also showcase miniature people and animals involved in curious scenes. sometimes romantic, silly, unexpected or politically charged. the terrariums are a platform from which we illustrate and deliver a world that stems from our imagination. they are a way of bottling up scenes from a dream or thought, performed on a planted landscape, inviting you to take a closer look.
each piece is one of a kind. all of the artwork, objects, vessels and plants are carefully selected and / or handmade. many of the natural materials are locally found or grown. the rocks are from desert trips, the feathers are often collected from the garden or on long walks and some of the succulents are homegrown.
custom terrariums
custom terrariums are the most popular request and our specialty! we work closely with you to come up with the most creative and personalized terrariums. anything is possible! portraits in miniature, odd scenes, we can source a wide variety of plants, unique vessels… we love a challenge… bring it…

jewelry

inspired by gypsies and rockers, by mothers and friends, by nature and the found object… we collect vintage and organic elements to create one of a kind hand made and /or assembeled pieces that echo the bohemian and electic spirit of california’s chaparral landscape. check out our shop for new designs or get in touch.

other

seed bombs, planted vessels of all shapes and sizes, wall hanging plants, linen pouches filled with crystals and geodes… we are always exploring new ways of making things (with and with out plants) that seduce your imagination and reflect the our enthusiasm and respect for a beautifully made and presented objects.

WEDDINGS / EVENTS

consider us for your upcoming events, whether it is your wedding, a very special dinner party, a night to remember…… centerpieces, tablescapes, party favors, custom decorations or other creative displays – plant friendly or not… invite us to add take care of the aesthetic details… contact@chaparral-studio.com

STYLING

with plants…

although we specialize in terrariums and small scale landscapes, our green thumb does not stop there. whether it is for your home or as a gift we do lovely and beautifully curated plantings in pots and planters of any size. be it edible, herbal, succulents & cacti, ferns, grasses… you name it we can do it!  let it be known we are also skilled gardeners and plant stylists! residential gardens, patios, decks, balconies, interiors (personal or commercial), window displays, photo shoots… we love to come up with new and creative ways of introducing plants into your life and visual space. whether you are looking for a complete overhaul of your garden, just lacking some plant age in your home office or shooting a fashion shoot with a jungle theme – hit us up for a consultation! we’d love to provide you with some green with style.

plant-less…

even if plants aren’t a part of the equation, styling of the home, office, events, store front  or shoots are just another service that we offer. we are artists with a careful eye for design and detail.

for more information or any questions send us an email. we look forward to hearing and working with you!

PHOTOGRAPHY

prioritizing mood and composition, our photography subjects range dramatically. for more information get in touch… contact@chaparral-studio.com

TESTIMONIALS

“i ordered three custom pieces at the last minute as gifts. my order included very specific requests for the figures inside of the terrariums. bianca created terrariums that fit my descriptions perfectly and added her own unique flare. the people i gave them to were elated. thank you again!” – ethan t. berlin

“a pleasure to work with, fantastic product, great instructions, and speedy shipping. thank you, thank you, thank you! ♥” – m.

“bianca is an amazing talent and her one-of-a-kind terrariums uniquely beautiful!” – g.f.

“super awesome shop. i highly recommend buying from this seller. i love mine! thank you!!” – k.l.

Say hello.

contact@chaparral-studio.com

P.O. BOX 50964 Los Angeles, CA 90050