Just Dropped: The Haas Brothers + L’Objet Collaboration

In less than eight years, artists Simon and Nikolai Haas (collectively known as Haas Brothers) have taken the art world by storm.  Known for their colorful, biomorphic, and imaginative furniture, ornaments, and objects, the Los Angeles-based twins started out by making furniture for Tobey Maguire when he was redoing his office at Sony Studios in 2010.

Niki and Simon Haas (courtesy Haas Brothers; photo by Joe Kramm)

Following this, they landed a slew of high-profile jobs, including designing monster masks for Lady Gaga, outfitting Louis Vuitton Shanghai’s digs with Peter Marino, producing furniture for Donatella Versace, and working on the lobby of the Ace Hotel in Los Angeles.  As if that’s not enough, they’ve also shown their work at Art Basel Miami.

Now, they’ve collaborated with Elad Yifrach from L’Objet to create a family of unforgettable, whimsical creatures!

Inspired by the otherwordly landscape of Joshua Tree, they have brought to life a gathering of creatures that will be sure to delight.

Here are some of our favorite monsters:

Lynda Gold + Pink Box with Four Plates (limited edition of 500)

Simon Leg Table Lamp

Niki + Simon Salt + Pepper Shakers

Fox Salad Monster Serving Bowl

Mojave Gold Dinnerware

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Love the Haas Brothers?  Click here to see the entire Haas Brothers + L’Objet collaboration.  Quantities on these pieces are limited, but all are available for pre-order and worth the wait.

Setting the Table: Celebrating Lunar New Year in Style

If you’re like us, you’ve probably moved way past the heavily sauced Chinese dishes from your younger days and sampled your share of truly spectacular Chinese food.

Today, Hong Kong and Macau have 82 Michelin starred recommendations. And on our last trip to Singapore, the dim sum at Jiang-Nan Chun (at the Four Seasons Singapore) was out of this world. Closer to home in L.A., Chang’an in the San Gabriel Valley shows us how a new generation of Asians likes to eat: in restaurants that are well-designed, specialize in serving premium food, and can just easily welcome the local family of ten as well as the Gucci/Prada/Lamborghini students at the local college.

So if you’re a fan of this next-caliber Asian food, how do you do it justice at home?  We’ll show you show.  And once you’ve got the hang of it, a Lunar New Year’s celebration, which falls on February 5th this year, is the perfect time to try it out.

1. Start by incorporating red (luck, joy, and happiness) into your table setting.

Kim Seybert Confetti Red Placemat

2.  Layer it with gold, which symbolizes prosperity.

Mottahedeh Gold Lace Presentation Plate

3. Top your plate with an exquisitely detailed napkin … like this one with a dragon motif, a classic in Chinese mythology.

Kim Seybert Imperial White/Gold Napkin

4. Accessorize with a smashing napkin ring; this one reminds us of a spectacular fireworks display.

Kim Seybert Astrid Gold Napkin Ring

5. To the right of each setting, add a sleek pair of chopsticks.

Cutipol Goa Matte/Black Handle Chopsticks

6. Don’t forget nice chopstick rests.

Christofle Malmaison Silverplated Chopstick Rests

7. If you’re serving soup, add a Chinese soup spoon.

L’Objet Gold Chinese Spoon

8. Around the table, add containers for condiments.

L’Objet Swan Condiment Cellar with Gold Plated Spoon

9. Asians take their tea seriously; make sure yours is served hot.

Prouna Chain Coffee/Tea Service

10. And as parting gifts, a beautiful candle to keep your loved ones warm all year round.

L’Objet China Love Candle

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Art Deco in Los Angeles: Our Favorite Buildings

Although New York and Miami are widely considered to have the best examples of Art Deco architecture in the U.S., Los Angeles has its fair share.  Here are some of our favorites, all of which can be visited in one day.

In Westwood, the Bruin Theatre, named after the mascot of the University of California, Los Angeles, features the school’s blue and gold colors. In its heyday, its circular facade and ornate marquee hosted countless movie premieres.

Bruin Theatre (image The City Project)

When it was built, The Bullock’s Wilshire/Southwestern Law School was the first department store in the country designed to accommodate automobiles. It features large display windows facing the street and a main entrance facing a parking lot in the rear.  The success of this building spurred the development of Wilshire Boulevard, a major thoroughfare connecting downtown Los Angeles with the west side.

Bullock’s Wilshire/Southwestern Law School (image Hunter Kerhart)

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