Aug 10, 2011

>> hiatus

I'm taking a brief vacation from DESIGNwatcher for the time being and directing my blogging focus toward Tomboy Style. Back soon I hope! —LGM

Jul 5, 2011

>> scenes from san francisco

The General Store in The Sunset: me likes.

Mollusk Surf Shop rules.

Post-run grilled cheese at Outerlands and a quick pop into the Heath Ceramics factory in Sausalito.

Jun 24, 2011

>> dwell on design 2011

I just got back from this year's Dwell on Design exhibition in downtown Los Angeles, which was a pretty good showing! The guy up there in the Sleeper get-up is spray painting the rhythm of random people's heart beats and then auctioning off the artwork for charity. Here are few pics of items and designs that caught my eye.

A+R's genius Hot-Pot BBQ by Black + Blum and great wireless portable speakers also at the A+R booth.

Rewired and re-purposed shoe lamps (?) and Heath's house number plates, which are to die for.

Minimalist loose-leaf tea strainer and ceramic speakers by Joey Roth.

Molo Design's lighting booth was pretty dreamy and loved this pendant cage lamp.

Public Bikes out in full-force!

LOVED these cast honey bears by Lesley Anton. So cute!

Nice lookin' hammocks. Nice lamp?

Charley Harper + Todd Oldham, so great.

Jun 23, 2011

>> lion pet

Photos via the LIFE archives.

Seriously, what's the worst that could happen?

More images from the series: here!

Jun 17, 2011

>> chippendales on craigslist

Last Friday I drove down to a neighborhood near San Pedro (where the 405 and 110 meet) and bought two 1950s Chippendale chairs (see above left photo). The cushions were beat and the fabric covering them...was, how do I say, a total nightmare. But I knew these were a great deal and had real potential once the cushions were redone. Today I picked them up from the fabric guy and...tada, new living room chairs at a livable price!

Jun 15, 2011

>> the pink swan project

My friend Larissa over at Suite NY turned me on to their Pink Swan project this morning. 19 designers, architects and fashion icons were given the iconic Fritz Hansen Swan Chair designed by Arne Jacobsen in 1958 to customize. The chairs will be auctioned on and proceeds will benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Hot puppies.

Jun 11, 2011

>> father's day gift guide

Check out my Father's Day gift guide over at the L.A. Times, packed with gear, tech, and tools!

May 24, 2011

>> popular headwear

This is so cute for a little kid's room (via Mary Caple).

May 20, 2011

>> mathematics by the yard

I found this article in a 1954 issue of LIFE while looking for something else. One of the anonymous designers quoted in the article said, "Geometric prints are a reaction against flowers and fruit." Bold stuff.

May 17, 2011

>> eccleston cushion

I love this pillow from Aubin & Wills! Get it here ($113).