Art doesn’t always have to hang on a wall or sit on a shelf. It can tell time, block the afternoon sun, keep you warm or serve pupu for a party. Meet 10 Island artisans who create stunning, functional pieces for the home.
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Terri & Greg Lee
1st Look Exteriors, indoor/outdoor decor
At 1st Look Exteriors, husband and wife Greg and Terri Lee both have backgrounds in horticulture and a knack for being resourceful and eco-conscious. Their Waipio outdoor furniture and décor showroom exemplifies their love of nature as well as art. The couple specializes in living vases—square or rectangular ceramic vases planted with small, drought-hardy plants (starting at $45). Think Chia Pet, but more abstract and with succulents. “A lot of people tell me, ‘I don’t have a green thumb, I have a black thumb,’” says Terri. “Then, this is the perfect plant for you; just water it once every two weeks.”
Greg’s outdoor landscape lights and water features complement the indoor décor. The glass for the lights and tops of the water features are fired in a kiln and fused by Greg himself. “The water features contain 90 percent recycled art glass,” he says. “So instead of working with new sheets of glass, we came up with a design using recycled glass so it’s zero waste.”
The water features, akin to a small enclosed fountain, are also ecofriendly, using less than a gallon of water recycled by pump. They start at $1,175. Greg also creates living walls: plants grown on a grid pattern of 2-foot-by-2-foot cells, equipped with an internal water drip system and lighting. 94-422 Ukee St., Suite 3, in the Waipio Gentry, 676-8988., www.1stlookexteriors.com.