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…

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Bianca D’Amico
Artist / Founder


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Maite Quílez D’Amico
Garden Designer / Creative Collaborator

As a small child, Maite D’Amico moved from Bilbao, Spain to South America. It was in the lush and verdant Venezuela that her nascent fascination with nature began.

In Los Angeles, she followed in her father’s footsteps and carried her own sharp sense of aesthetics and design into the role of Art Director, Creative Director, and ultimately, management of an agency.

The intricately dovetailing amalgam of mountains, beach, and desert that forms Los Angeles always provided a respite from the stresses of advertising and an inspiration for creation and play in her own garden – both a laboratory of experimentation and a constant source of awe.

Bringing together these passions, sensibilities, and skills, Maite continues to listen to and understand what thrills or what soothes people. In her new turn as a Garden Designer, she is now excited to help tell someone’s story in their own surroundings.

 

Elsewhere.

events

current / upcoming

JUNE 28TH 2014
LAVENDER FESTIVAL VINTAGE POP UP 
@ SHOP SUMMER CAMP, OJAI CA

past

eastside handmade spring 2014
unique la winter 2013
arts restore la / hammer / westwood 2013
pergolina martini party trunk show 2013
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
cartier
dwell on design
disney / abc television group
flo design studio
gagosian gallery
gravillis inc.
laure joliet photography
lunafest
maker city la
rachel allen architecture
shades of green
smilebooth
soho house
urban palate
works/shop la

 

follow along:

facebook / twitter / instagram / pinterest

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

Services.

SHOP

Our collection of goods range from handmade treasures, such as jewelry and planted terrariums, to objects that we have found along the way and have packaged lovingly highlighting their magic, with a nod to our sense of humor. Known originally for our custom miniatures scenes in terrariums, followed by our series of geode caves, we have a deep love for the roll that narratives play in the way gifts are presented and remembered. We love to work with our hands to create items that are one of a kind and celebrate the organic form. Our pieces are deeply rooted in our joy for foraging and collecting natural ingredients that echo California’s dynamic and layered abundance of culture.

WHERE TO BUY

Visit our online shop here. Or check out our list of stockists for a nearby location. On occasion we do a pop up or host an open studio sale. Sign up on our newsletter or follow our instagram account for more information on upcoming events.

CUSTOM

At Chaparral Studio we can customize most of our designs and are happy to collaborate with you to develop personalized ideas. Our terrariums are our most popular customized gift, sometimes featuring miniature scenes that are a playful way to symbolically portray or honor a loved ones adventures in life by telling a story in small scale. We can make mini versions of anyone, including your pet and welcome all challenges when it comes to the concept. However if you desire a terrarium that simply hosts a lovely small-scale landscape – we offer that option too. Think of us as a sustainable alternative to a florist. We work closely with our clients to create a one of a kind piece that is sure to make the recipient know you went the extra mile. Personalized notes, gift-wrap and delivery can also be arranged.

DESIGN & STYLING

EVENTS & WEDDINGS

Consider our services for your upcoming festivities. Whether it is your wedding or a special occasion; no event is too big or too small! We specialize in centerpieces, tablescapes and dressings that utilize sustainable materials such as plants and other natural findings that can either be replanted and reusable. However we are not limited to this method and also have experience incorporating or working solely with flowers. Bouquets, crowns, boutonnieres, party favors and other customized details can also be arranged.  Should you desire our services for one element or the full package we are delighted to add beauty to your celebration.

PLANT DESIGN

Should you desire a bit of green to pick up your space, be it your office, shop, restaurant or  the interiors of your home we can certainly assist you with finding plants that not only fit your aesthetics but also will thrive in the conditions provided. Our honest approach to designing with plants is our first priority. We want you to discover that having plants is not complicated and will only better your environment. Our services include sourcing plants and vessels alike. If you don’t have a green thumb we can either educate you on the “how-tos” or recommend a local plant caretaker.

STYLING

With a background in art and experience in both set and interior design, we have a wealth of knowledge finding access to interesting materials and concocting intriguing arrangements for projects ranging from store windows to commercial art direction. We are fond of collaborations with other creatives, so please don’t be a stranger and get in touch!

GARDEN DESIGN

The Garden Design chapter of Chaparral Studio is headed by my mother and partner in design crime, Maite Quílez D’Amico, a creative advertising veteran turned garden designer. We work together to help you establish a garden that meets your needs, whether that is a space to entertain and grow food or simply to look nice year round (even with dogs and or children for room mates). In keeping with Chaparral Studio’s general rule of thumb to be sustainable and as eco friendly as possible our designs emphasize the use of drought tolerant plants and California native flora. Please contact us for a consultation.

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For rates and more information please get in touch.

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, and 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