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Lomography Loves Japan

Amid the flurry of creative efforts towards Japan fund-raising comes this latest offering: Lomography Loves Japan, a fleet of three special-edition 'analog' cameras from Lomography. Funds from their sale will go toward the company's 20,000-Euro donation to the Red Cross.
April 25, 2011

Q&A with Coyuchi's Design Director

Though my number-one dream job remains journalist and editor (lucky me!) a close second is textile and furniture designer (third place: documentary filmmaker). So I was excited about my recent email exchange with Laura Jo Wegman, who joined the Point Reyes linen brand Coyuchi as Design Director in 2009. At Coyuchi, Wegman designs and oversees the production of the entire product line including sheets, blankets, towels, robes, sleepwear and more. Since her arrival, she's totally transformed the brand, introducing new materials, textures, and color palettes, and drawing inspiration from her immediate environs: the fog, the shore, the trees, and the colors of west Marin.
April 14, 2011
Maru's Wasara collection features an array of beautifully designed biodegradable picnic plates, bowls, and cups.

The Next-Generation Paper Plate

I'm currently planning a party (ok, wedding) and have been coming across lots of interesting paper party supplies—including these awesome Gunilla Axén-designed cocktail napkins, which I am unreasonably thinking about shipping from England, and these ubiquitous but very charming paper straws, which I am most definitely ordering. Although we'll likely be serving dinner on proper china, I am tempted by these beautiful paper plates, bowls, and cups by Wasara: the loveliest disposable tableware I've seen.
April 7, 2011
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Supernatural San Francisco

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of attending a lunch thrown by Claudia Mahecha and Robert Allen, in celebration of the opening of their new Potrero Hill design showroom Supernatural. After wandering through the minimalist, beautifully curated 2,000-square-foot space—a showroom that spotlights hard-to-find European design and doubles as the home base for Mahecha's interior design firm, Claudia Mahecha Design—the guests (editors, artists, restaurant owners, designers) all sat around a big oak table topped with a Hella Jongerius table runner, and over lunch traded gossip and news about the San Francisco design and art worlds. Here's a peek at the space. All photos by Devon Elizabeth Butler.
March 22, 2011
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Lost & Found in LA: Part 2

If you liked what you saw in my previous report on Lost & Found in Los Angeles, then check out this slideshow: a roundup of owner Jamie Rosenthal's favorite items in the shop, along with her thoughts on what makes these pieces unique. Some great gift ideas in here! All available for purchase online.
January 17, 2011
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An Architect's Guide to Silver Lake

One highlight of my recent visit to Los Angeles was a whirlwind tour of Silver Lake with the great architect Barbara Bestor, who has lived there since 1988. She drove me around, pointing out architectural (and culinary) highlights, and offering insight into the neighborhood's unique creative culture (she should know—she wrote a book about the place a few years ago, called Bohemian Modern: Living in Silver Lake). Here's the scoop.
January 11, 2011
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Lost & Found, Part 1

I spent last week in Los Angeles, exploring neighborhoods, poking around design shops, and hoping to finally understand how the various corners of the sprawling metropolis fit together. In between getting massively lost (I have no sense of direction) I did find my way to a few previously (to me) undiscovered gems, which I'll share with you via slideshows over the next couple weeks. First up: a visual tour of Lost & Found, a shop recommended to me by architect (and blogger!) Linda Taalman. This was such an appealing shop I'm going to dedicate two posts to it—this one will be an overview, and the next will be more of a focused shopping guide, highlighting a few of my favorite products. Dig in!
January 6, 2011
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Smart StudioDesk

I've been on an organizing kick recently (see my 'creative storage gift guide' here) and my online meanderings have led me to a slew of great products that seem to hold the promise of a better, more orderly existence (if only!).
January 4, 2011
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Sam Kaufman on Breuer's B32

I moved apartments over the weekend, and in the great push to clean out the old place in anticipation of the new, I decided to finally do away with a set of (free at the time) dining chairs that I'd never really cared for. Better yet, I came across an architecture office that has closed down and was looking to sell off a rash of cantalievered Marcel Breuer B32 chairs. I scored a handsome quartet of vintage seats but wanted to learn more about them. I turned to LA gallerist and walking design encyclopedia Sam Kaufman for a history lesson, and to learn how to tell if my seats are authentic. Oh the lesson I received.
December 27, 2010