Lisa Boone, L.A. Times: Shawn Littrell

Designer Shawn Littrell gives new life to beetle-ravaged trees

By Lisa Boone
Dec. 31, 2009

When Los Angeles designer Shawn Littrell ( read about an invasive bark beetle epidemic devastating our local forests, he was inspired to repurpose the insect-ravaged timber. Littrell's MvCvT tables (an acronym for Man vs. Climate Change vs. Trees) are made from wood slated for destruction by the U.S. Forest Service. The split-plank tables are 16 1/2 inches tall and 12 1/2 inches in diameter and are unfinished, so they generate a natural patina. Cost: $800 each. Look for the limited-edition pieces -- signed and numbered -- at Samuel Freeman Gallery at Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica; (310) 449-1479.

-- Lisa Boone.