From Coast to Coast: Australia’s Armadillo & Co Makes Its USA Debut in Los Angeles

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                                We&#8217;re big fans of this company for their 100% hand-woven rugs made by master artisans in India. You may have seen them in <a href="https://design-milk.com/house-milk-before-after-living-space-redesign-by-emily-henderson/" data-wpel-link="internal">Jaime&#8217;s dining room</a> or read about their story <a href="https://design-milk.com/armadilloco-rugs-combining-passion-purpose-and-design/" data-wpel-link="internal">here</a>. We&#8217;re happy to say that Australian rug company <a href="https://armadillo-co.com/"  rel="nofollow noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Armadillo &amp; Co</a> have now landed closer to home in Los Angeles, making their first ever retail store and showroom debut in the USA.
Excited was an understatement when we first heard that Armadillo & Co was coming to California. The company was founded in 2009 by Jodie Fried and Sally Pottharst when the founders couldn’t find simple, beautiful and quality rugs for their own homes. So, in true designer fashion, they decided to make the products they envisioned instead. We stopped by their LA showroom one afternoon and the space is exactly like their rugs – simple, beautiful, elegant. Designed by Standard Architecture, the space has that easy breezy,
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MAD’s museum for George Lucas breaks ground in Los Angeles

Lucas Museum by MAD Architects

Fresh renderings of the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art by Beijing studio MAD have been released to coincide with the project’s groundbreaking in Los Angeles. Read more

The Iconic Stahl House Gets a Dreamy Makeover from Design Within Reach

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                                The Stahl House &#8211; Case Study House No. 22 designed by architect Pierre Koenig is arguably one of the most iconic homes in the US and if you didn’t think it was possible for this home to be even more beautiful, you’d be mistaken. The home recently got a major refresh thanks to <a href="http://www.dwr.com/"  rel="nofollow noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Design Within Reach</a> and now serves as the perfect backdrop for DWR’s newest collection of furniture, fixtures and accessories from an A+ list of designers including Norm Architects, Jerome and Evelyn Ackerman, Nathan Yong, Neil Logan, Note Design Studio and Ibon Arrizabalaga.
We toured the home with the new collection inside and aside from a few bluetooth speakers, it was as if the home had been left untouched since the 60s. All the new furniture and light fixtures seemed to blend in seamlessly, a stellar example of how great design can transcend time no matter what period
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Knoll Creates a Moroccan-Inspired Showroom for Its Home Design Shop in LA

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/knoll-creates-moroccan-inspired-showroom-home-design-shop-los-angeles/knollhomedesignshop_eric-staudenmaier_180115_0968/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/03/KnollHomeDesignShop_Eric-Staudenmaier_180115_0968-810x606.jpg" alt="Knoll Creates a Moroccan-Inspired Showroom for Its Home Design Shop in LA" /></a>
                                When <a href="https://www.knoll.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Knoll</a> announced that it was opening its first ever <a href="https://www.knoll.com/new-york-home-design-shop" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Home Design Shop in Los Angeles</a>, we knew we had to fill up the tank and make the drive out to see the store ASAP. Designed by <a href="http://www.johnstonmarklee.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Johnston Marklee</a>, Knoll design director Benjamin Pardo, and interior designer <a href="https://www.theninetyninegroup.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Barbara Reimelt of The Ninety Nine Group</a>, the showroom is that quintessentially Knoll mix of traditional and contemporary design that the brand has championed for decades.
The design of the Shop was inspired by the 16th-century York Castle in Tangier, Morocco that was in crumbles until former Knoll president Yves Vidal bought it in 1961 and restored it to its original Moroccan glory. To Vidal, the medieval fortress was the perfect backdrop for his furniture, an indisputable example of how contemporary and traditional design can live happily and beautifully together beneath the same castle roof. Under the direction of Florence
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Compartes Presents a “Sweetheart” Design

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                                Lo and behold, February is here and with it arrives the romantic intent and expectations of Valentine&#8217;s Day. Recognizing many greet the holiday with stress and apprehension, we propose a most delicious, design-oriented gift idea to ease concerns about what to give: <a href="https://compartes.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Compartes</a> Heart Chocolate Gift Boxes.
Despite the modern graphics and geometric cut of its packaging, Compartes represents a chocolate making history spanning over 67 years in Los Angeles. Still handmade in Los Angeles, the chocolatier revitalized itself under the guidance of owner, Jonathan Grahm, an advocate of the undeniably correct philosophy, “everything is better with chocolate.” A seasonal offering, the Compartes Heart Chocolate Gift Box delivers romantic sentiments with the monochromatic moment of a kiss, evoking something straight out of the studios of Fornasetti. Inside, a selection of 35 chocolates or truffles awaits the recipient, adorned in colorful graphics or even 24 karat gold. As avid chocolate lovers,
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