A desire to evolve is essential to any successful creative, and Los Angeles landscape designer Scott Shrader (shraderdesign.com) is no exception. Known for his meticulously planned outdoor rooms that capture the best of California living (not to mention hospitality collabs like vegan Mexican haunt Gracias Madre, for which he worked with interior designer Wendy Haworth), Shrader is continually exploring. “I’m inspired by getting back into nature, and doing less buying at typical places. I’m one of those people that goes out and hunts stuff. I’m a hunter.” Here, Shrader’s latest outdoor inspirations. • La Formentera: The Woodland Refuge of Juan Montoya (The Monacelli Press, $65). “He’s an amazing designer. This book goes into my love of boulders and less predictable landscapes.” • Sticks and Stones: The Designs of Lew French (Gibbs Smith, $35). “Some of French’s outdoor fireplace stonework is absolutely magnificent.” • Dwarf olives are a proven favorite. “You can globe them; you can make them natural; they can stay dry. They’re a great lawn replacement.” • Ginkgos “I love that they symbolize friendship and longevity.” • Formations “The new Formations outdoor fabric palette is sensational.” formationsusa.com. • Eco Outdoor This importer of natural stones and surface materials is working with Shrader on a terra-cotta. Look for an L.A. showroom to open in 2017. ecooutdoorusa.com
WRITTEN BY LEILANI MARIE LABONG and JESSICA RITZ.
PHOTO: Mark Adams.