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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

Eric Trine is a Los Angeles-based studio artist and designer whose projects vary from small scale design for commercial clients to furniture, sculpture, and decorative objects for the home. Notable for his use of geometry and color, as displayed in his iconic Rod & Weave Chair and Octahedron planters and tables, Eric is also 1/2 of the creative genius behind the multimedia Alley-Oop exhibitions at Poketo. Eric took the time out of his very busy life—not only is he a successful designer, he’s a dad!—to let us pry a little. keep reading

It’s officially Spring, which means its likely your calendar has at least one wedding on it. Breaking out of the wedding gift mold can be tricky, as can finding a present that is both beautiful and practical, so we tapped bride-to-be and venerable food instagrammer Julie Lee of Julie’s Kitchen to tell us what’s on her wish-list. keep reading

In the second installment of our LA Photo Diaries, we asked our in-house photographer, Kourtney Jackson, to share a selection of images that she’s taken in and around her hometown of Los Angeles, or that she feels are evocative of the city itself. keep reading