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Waka Waka is an LA-based furniture design studio founded by Shin Okuda in 2007. Marked by Bauhaus design influences and Japanese minimalism, his unique plywood pieces have caught the eye of many, including that of his wife, Kristin Dickson, the founder of concept store Iko Iko. In honor of our just released Waka Waka x Poketo exclusive bookends, we paid a visit to Shin’s studio to talk about how Waka Waka came to be and what keeps him inspired. keep reading

We recently paid a visit to the Los Angeles studio of Wrk-Shp, where we spoke with Airi Isoda about making the transition from architecture to fashion and drawing inspiration from unexpected places and materials. keep reading

On Saturday, May 9th, food photographer Julie Lee of Julie Lee’s Kitchen taught a workshop on food styling techniques at The Line Hotel. Workshop participants were provided with a selection of farmers market fresh produce from Melissa’s to get creative with, including luxurious ingredients like edible flowers and summer berries. Julie coached workshoppers in lighting and composition with stunning results – almost too beautiful to devour! keep reading

We wouldn’t dare let our graphic designer, Tina Miyakawa, escape to Tokyo without promising to share her take on the feverish, captivating, and often mysterious city. Read on for her recommendations, from peaceful gardens to local eateries. keep reading

Formally trained as an architect, San Francisco-based designer Molly McGrath turned to design after experimenting with a laser cutter and realizing its unique potential. With a focus on conceptual integrity and material exploration, Molly’s work is a synthesis of concept, form, detail, connection, and use. From the work of Swiss-French architect Le Corbusier to the textiles of Danish designer Arne Jacobsen and the city streets of Berlin, Molly draws inspiration from a wide variety of sources, a few of which she shares with us below. keep reading

We asked design cognoscente Urte Tylaite, the founder of NYC-based jewelry line and store Still House, to share a few of her favorite places in New York City to shop, eat, and see art. With an eye geared towards minimalism and simplicity, Urte takes us from a small rare books store in the East Village to Queens to see the work of sculptor Isamu Noguchi. keep reading

Handbag designer Clare Vivier is firmly rooted in the L.A. fashion community, but she approaches her designs with a Parisian sensibility thanks to time spent living in the French capital. While Clare loves calling Echo Park home, she makes sure to get to Paris regularly, whether for business, pleasure, or a healthy mixture of both. We asked Clare to share her must-visit Parisian establishments to experience la bonne vie. keep reading

Highlow Jewelry’s latest collection, Drawn, is inspired by the different marks of drawing techniques, such as squiggles and contour lines. Each piece begins as a hand-sculpted clay drawing, which is then broken down into a line of necklaces and other jewelry. keep reading

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