Madera Design’s Studio

by Julie Wolfson Designer and artist Leila Fakouri seems to constantly percolate with ideas. After several years of successful events and projects at Madrone Lounge in San Francisco, Fakouri recently headed to Los Angeles, creating a whimsically magical space downtown to let her imagination run wild at her new company, Madera Design. Hidden away on Central Avenue near the 10 freeway, entering Madera Design House …

Areaware’s New Wall Decals

by Laura Neilson Forward-thinking and CH fave design purveyor Areaware recently added a new line of vinyl wall decals to its inventory. Unlike the generic, monochromatic stenciled shapes and forms found in many wall stickers, Areaware's custom-made stock ranges from clever single-element designs to large-scale mural installations of fantastical landscapes and whimsical decorations. The NYC-based company's collection comprises more than 200 different decals created by …

Marcel Wanders: Behind the Ceiling

A breathtaking monograph of prolific designer Marcel Wanders, "Behind the Ceiling" investigates the designer's motivations and inspirations, going beyond a simple catalog of work to lend real insight into what makes him tick. The coffee table-style tome looks at Wanders' ability to reference old motifs while simultaneously exploring new themes, making him a leader in the permeating neo-decorative trend of the last decade. Rejecting the …