MASHstudios spent three years perfecting their new PCHseries, and the attention to detail shows. The collection includes pieces made of solid plantation-grown teak, fitted with cast aluminum accents that resemble wood and seem more like jewelry.

I've been a fan of Jeanine Hayes–aka the voice behind design blog AphroChic–and her modern, soulful style for some time, so when she released a line of home accessories under the same name as her website last year, I was all eyes.

Jack Lenor Larsen is a legend in the textiles world. He's worked with heavy hitters like Frank Lloyd Wright and has had his own designs featured in museums like the de Young. Also an author, collector and accomplished gardener, his famed LongHouse estate's structures and landscapes, which are infused with his unique and worldly design sensibility, are lovingly chronicled in Molly Chappellet's new book, Jack Lenor Larsen's LongHouse (Chronicle Books).

We are extremely excited to introduce the newest member of the thietkequancafe +Design blogging team, former ReadyMade Editor-in-Chief, Shoshana Berger.   Shoshana got her magazine chops at Wired in the pre-Facebook era, then went on to write for The New York Times, Spin, Salon, The San Francisco Chronicle, Business 2.0, Travel and Leisure, and Sunset. In 1999, she became an editorial director for Young & Rubicam’s Brand Futures division. She cofounded ReadyMade magazine in 2001 and served as its Editor-in-Chief for nine years. She is the coauthor of ReadyMade: How to Make Almost Everything (Crown, 2005), which was featured in the 2007 Cooper-Hewitt Design Triennial. She has lectured and taught workshops at Stanford, the Dallas Museum of Art, IDEO, Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art, and in Clay Felker’s magazine program at UC Berkeley. We are thrilled to have Shoshana blogging for us weekly on  Check in on Wednesdays for her chronicles of the California luxury DIY movement. Last week, she profiled Berkeley-based custom furniture-maker, Thomas Wold and this week she's taking a look at Edgar Blazona of TrueModern.   The most successful people I know are college dropouts. I even wrote an article about it once. Add Edgar Blazona to that list.

Speaking of felt, everyone needs something to hold all those bits and bobs, office supplies, crafting supplies, what have you. So why not make it a stylish receptacle? Josh Jakus' Floppy Baskets are made from a single piece of wool felt, and fold together easily. The cut-outs add a cool little zing, and make lifting and carrying a breeze.

    What's compelling about Los Angeles? It's full of interesting houses by  people re-inventing architecture, and one of these from 1964 is for sale for $2.495M.

With the major feast just a week away, we're hoping you've got your recipes planned–or at least have an invite to someone's house who does.

In the world of the wanderlust-y, there are Francophiles and Anglophiles, and die-hard Eat, Pray, Love fans that believe Italy and India are the meccas of spiritual reinvention.  Me, I’m more of a Nederphile.

Get into the enchantment of the holiday season with these gold table toppings. 1. Dining becomes a call-of-the-wild experience when silver and gold mix in Alain Saint-Joanis’ Animal handcrafted flatware; $847 for a five-piece place setting,

Created by Italian lighting designer Carmine Deganello for San Francisco company Pablo Designs, the Solis Lamp appears not only modern and elegant, but weightless. Polyester laser-cut ribbons filter light and shadow in a way that mimics the sun's rays—particularly welcome on sunless days.  The Solis provides both direct and ambient light, and can be hung from the ceiling or wall mounted.


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