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.
For many this holiday season will be more about spending quality time with loved ones than about spending loads of money. But there are plenty of modern gifts out there that are fun, sleek and affordable.
With the holidays coming up and children in the house, I'm looking for any alternative to having actual fire inside. A far cry from the flickering candles Pottery Barn was selling at Halloween, these LED candles are elegant and beautiful, not quite a candle, not quite a light and you can still blow them out.
The high speed rail system in France, called the TGV, has revolutionized travel within the country. Now it's easy to pop between Avignon and Paris in under 3 hours (a distance that used to be a 6-7 hour drive) and if you buy your tickets in advance you can pay as little as $30 each way. Well after last Tuesday's vote and the passing of prop 1A, looks like California is getting a train of its own.
Fifty four artists and collectives are participating in this year's California Biennial which runs until March 15th at the Newport Beach based OCMA. This year the show has expanded to include a number of off-site projects, most notably the events happening at Andrea Zittel's High Desert Test Site:
When I was in college I lived in a cinder-block walled dorm room. I'm not complaining, I went to a small art school and had a pretty large room that I only shared with one other person. I thought I was pretty lucky. But today's students are getting high end dorms designed by big name architects who are committed to building sustainably and building green.
Looking for a singular kind of gift to give or to get this holiday season? You're in luck because the people behind the DWR Tools for Living line will be rolling out a limited edition new or vintage product every day until December 19th:
For book enthusiasts who are up to their eyeballs in books, there are tons of great modern systems for storing them, some that you can even build yourself. Most of the pages of Dwell are filled with gorgeous rooms full of books, but where to start for shelving?