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A Surfer's Small Modern Backyard

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We've called out our outdoor furniture favorites before, but the deft use of these Loop chairs by Willy Guhl for Eternit puts them squarely on our list. Matt Jacobson and Kristopher Dukes's small house in Manhattan Beach, California, makes their extra bit of outdoor space—a 15-by-30-foot backyard—all the more critical. Along with the help of architect Michael Lee, they've outfitted the space in concrete, bamboo, ipe, and stones, alongside a modest suite of modern furnishings.
Backyard fireplace area with a long steel-and-ipe bench and Willy Guhl Loop chairs
Jacobson and Lee designed the long steel-and-ipe bench, which suspends from the low concrete wall. Dukes relaxes on a Willy Guhl Loop chair with her German Shepherd, Major.

The fire pit, concrete pavers, and the ipe bench are custom designs. The planter isa 1970s design by La Gardo Tackett from Architectural Pottery, and hidden in the bamboo is a shower from Calazzo.

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