Laure is a Los Angeles–based photographer and design enthusiast. When not contributing to Dwell and Apartment Therapy, she's opening too many tabs in Firefox, baking, gardening and exploring the great outdoors.
The White House groundskeepers have made some progress and have launched a gardening practice designed to be more responsible—they are using integrated pest management, fertilizing according to local recommendations, watering only in the early morning hours, and leaving grass clippings to decompose naturally on the lawn. But at the end of the day, it's still a giant lawn and many are asking for more to be done. But is a Victory Garden asking for too much?
If your resolutions this year involve simplicity and well-designed products, look into designer Kathleen Hills. She has a well-honed aesthetic that incorporates elements of craft, pottery, and high design. These Star Lights are bone china and are available through her website.
The Slow Food movement, not the mention Frtiz Haeg's modern day Victory Gardens, have sparked a renewed interest in canning and preserving homegrown food. Perhaps the best part is rediscovering the beautiful Weck canning jars.
With the new year comes new resolutions and a general resolve to do better. Perhaps at the top of many of our lists is the question of how to live more responsibly. This February's conference, Compost Modern, will explore just that.
Local Los Angeles design store darlings A+R have launched their first ever co-branded product. Teaming up with Japanese artist Nobuhiro Sato they've come out with some coasters that are individually cast from concrete and feature precise 1/1200 scale maps of Silverlake or Venice—the two homes of A+R in Los Angeles.
“In a time of financial crisis, we must go back to timeless objects and rediscover the elegance of basics,” said designer Philippe Starck, right before his shopping spree through discount retailer Big Lots.