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:


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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.


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Vintage Pewter Candleholder Featured in French Style Magazine

Who could resist a cover that helps you “Design Your Parisian Retreat”?


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Game Night: Molly’s Game with Jessica Chastain and Idris Elba

If you haven’t caught it yet, you need to watch Molly’s Game: it had us watching nonstop at the edge of our seats!

The story – Aaron Sorkin’s (The West Wing, The Social Network) directorial debut – unfolds nicely, with Molly Bloom (Jessica Chastain) training to become an Olympic skier, glimpses into her brilliant mind, and then it takes us front seat into her career-ending injury.  After that it gets really interesting.

To deal with her cracked nerves, she decides to temporarily put off law school and flies to Los Angeles to sort things out.  Once there, she becomes a cocktail waitress.  A patron at the bar ends up hiring her to become his office manager, and not long after that she’s running his underground poker games.

Little by little, she learns about card games … the terms, the odds, the styles, the players … until she ended up running the world’s most exclusive high-stakes poker game, hosting players like Tobey Maguire, Ben Affleck, and Leo DiCaprio.

An intelligently written and superbly acted (Kevin Costner plays her dad, while Idris Elba is her high-powered attorney) tale that will have you gasping at how quickly our lives can turn.

And if you’re feeling like sharing in the fun, get a few buddies together for game night. Of course, be sure to rub the rabbit’s foot for good luck:

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Yves Saint Laurent’s Marrakesh Home: The Essentials

When Yves Saint Laurent visited Marrakesh for the first time in 1966, it transformed him forever.  The strong sun, lush colors, and intricate patterns you see everywhere left an indelible mark in his mind.  “Marrakech taught me color,” he said.  “Before Marrakech, everything was black.”

Indeed, one of the most important parts of Saint Laurent’s legacy has been the Jardin Majorelle, the garden he restored with Pierre Berge and a must-see on any trip to Marrakesh.  (Tip for visitors: they don’t take credit cards, so bring plenty of dirhams to cover your entry fees.)  The original garden has been joined by the Musee Yves Saint Laurent Marrakech, and plans are now being made to open up Saint Laurent and Berge’s private home (Villa Oasis) to the public.

When it opens, you should think about going to Marrakesh just to see this.  Not only is the house itself spectacular, it captures all the iconic elements of Moorish and Arabesque design, which then fed our favorite Mediterranean, Tuscan, Spanish Revival, and Southwestern styles of architecture and design.  Indeed, there’s literally so much to see at Villa Oasis, it could be hard to absorb in one visit.

Starting from the outdoors, this space is surrounded by a riot of warm weather plants.  Here, fuchsia bougainvillea creates a vibrant canopy in the outdoor patio:

Villa Oasis Terrace (courtesy Elle Decor; Miguel Flores-Vianna)

Pink against cool turquoise.  Maybe not a combination you’d naturally pick out in the morning, but it works so well here. Read more