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  1. Paul Donald
    Profiles

    Paul Donald

    When we peruse the carefully curated products in a great design shop, one of the most intriguing discoveries—more than any one particular object or accessory—is the entrepreneur behind...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    04.27.09

  2. Big Design in Little China
    Shops

    Big Design in Little China

    In downtown Los Angeles, nonprofit worker turned design-savvy entrepreneur Willard Ford turned the historic Kim Sing Theatre into a haven for modern furniture and design, now known as Ford&...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    09.02.09

  3. Ladles Not Labels
    Shops

    Ladles Not Labels

    Fed up with men's fashion, Rachel Wythe-Moran and Simon Watkins of East London's Labour and Wait cooked up a plan to align their creative instincts and passion for practical design.

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    02.02.10

  4. Brook Farm General Store
    Shops

    Brook Farm General Store

    If you've been longing for the timeless kitchen and home goods stocked on the shelves of Labour and Wait in East London but aren't in the UK (and thus can't have them shipped to you), Brook Farm...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    02.19.10

  5. Windows at Bergdorf Goodman
    Books

    Windows at Bergdorf Goodman

    "To window-shop," we learned in our November 2010 issue's Introduction to Retail Design, dates back to 1922—but it wasn't until the 1930s that shops  spiced up their...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    11.18.10

  6. Yes Please More
    A Great Idea

    Yes Please More

    While the United States is leaps and bounds behind Europe when it comes to publicly funding the arts and design, the city of Denver and Yes Please More are doing their best to encourage creative...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    01.18.11

  7. Hero Design Studio
    Shops

    Hero Design Studio

    For many setting out to make it on their own, a storefront is a destination. But for husband-wife team Mark Brickey and Beth Manos Brickey of Hero Design Studio, their shop in Buffalo's Allentown...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    photos by: Miyoko Ohtake
    03.05.11

  8. Shop Visit: Mohawk General Store in Silver Lake
    Shops

    Shop Visit: Mohawk General Store in Silver Lake

    Looking for mid-century furniture? Design tomes? Earrings? An LP? Sunset Junction’s Mohawk General Store lives up to its name.

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    03.07.11

  9. Touring Toronto, Part 2
    Travel Reports

    Touring Toronto, Part 2

    I traveled to Toronto last week to serve on the curatorial committee of Twenty+Change, report a story, and check out the city's current design scene. Having already visited the TIFF Lightbox and...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    photos by: Miyoko Ohtake
    03.18.11

  10. Made Design Shop and Gallery
    Shops

    Made Design Shop and Gallery

    Canada is known for its love of hockey and its long winters but few people know of our neighbor to the north's wealth of innovative modern designers. Enter Made. The Toronto shop and gallery...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    photos by: Miyoko Ohtake
    03.23.11

  11. The Business Behind Indie Design
    Dwell on Design

    The Business Behind Indie Design

    There's more to making it as a designer than creating great goods—you also need to find an avenue through which to share your wares. On Sunday morning at Dwell on Design, Mohawk General Store...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    06.26.11

  12. Design Shop Visit: Mjölk in Toronto
    Shops

    Design Shop Visit: Mjölk in Toronto

    This Canadian duo searches out top Scandinavian and Japanese designs and brings their best finds back to this Toronto shop.

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    photos by: Christopher Wahl
    07.27.11

  13. Mjölk: Favorite Product Picks
    Product of the Day

    Mjölk: Favorite Product Picks

    Storeowners Juli Daoust and John Baker scout Scandinavia and Japan for the best designs in each region to bring back the best of their finds to their Toronto shop Mjölk (pronounced "mi...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    07.27.11

  14. Marimekko Pilvi Bag
    Product of the Day

    Marimekko Pilvi Bag

    If you're like me, you have more totes than you know what to do with. Get ready to do some closet cleaning because the Marimekko Pilvi bag is the one worth having.

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    08.11.11

  15. Kristi Reimers of Eco Carmel
    Shops

    Kristi Reimers of Eco Carmel

    In August 2010, Kristi Reimers opened the doors of her shop Eco Carmel to fulfill a dream of starting her own businesses and also to make a difference to her Carmel, California, community and to...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    08.30.11

  16. Inside the VitraHaus
    Travel Reports

    Inside the VitraHaus

    One of the highlights of my recent trip to Basel, Switzerland, was crossing the border to visit the Vitra campus in Weil-am-Rhein, Germany, about 25 minutes from Basel, and exploring the VitraHaus....

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    photos by: Miyoko Ohtake
    10.15.11

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