About Stephen Block
Antiques dealer and exterior landscape designer Stephen Block is guided by wabi-sabi, the beauty of things imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete. He embraces vintage and antique designs as well as aged reproductions that transform garden spaces from ordinary to extraordinary.
“It’s the spirit that moves me. One day I knew nothing and the next day I knew everything.”
— Stephen Block
Stephen opened Los Angeles-based Inner Gardens in 1990 as a home for his collections and a resource for designers and garden enthusiasts in need of unforgettable, original pieces. The Culver City showroom is ever-changing, thanks to Stephen’s worldwide network of dealers who know to call him immediately when they find a piece on his watch list.
Stephen’s design work is custom and natural, informed by his sense of place as he moves through a garden. Rather than tracking trends or being ruled by blueprints, Stephen applies a blend of traditional European and Eastern principles organically while working in a garden. Each garden is its own, as unique and individual as the garden art he collects. He pulls from the showroom for his design projects and collaborates with other designers to source garden art, containers, and fountains.
Travel with Stephen
Stephen travels to the farthest corners of the world seeking art for the garden. He sources pottery, fountains, statuary, and objets d’art in Europe, Asia, and America, but his inspiration comes from within. His passion for beauty and well-honed intuition have led him to select pieces that clients describe as “hidden gems,” “amazing,” “place makers.”
Stephen documents his travels on Instagram, capturing the pieces he discovers as well as the places and scenery that help drive his vision. Follow along with him on Instagram below.