Still looking for that distinctive something to give a loved-one? DnA tapped its DJs and other design buffs for their picks for this season. Check out this list; you’ll find something for every age and pocketbook; and almost everything is locally designed and made ( you can find lots more by local designers at DnA Design Picks in the KCRW store and in our LA Designer features.) For DnA design book picks, click here.
1. Le Feu de L’Eau Candles ($60)
Picked by: Mallery Roberts Morgan
Jo Strettell & Wendy Polish are the women behind a line of scented candles made in Los Angeles called Le Feu de L’Eau. Each soy-based candle is sculpted underwater (no two are exactly the same) and the colours are hand mixed. The collection of nine custom-blended fragrances includes Le Feu Gris (musk/smoke), Le Feu D’Ivoire (patchouli/amber), and Le Feu Chartreuse (cedar/frankincense). Beautiful objects that make perfect scents. Get it here.
2. Scout Regalia Bike (From $4,500)
Picked by: Guy Horton
The Scout Regalia Bicycle is a practical, sleek, handmade bike that combines qualities of a mixte bike, an English-Dutch town bike, and a mountain bike. While it’s certainly on the pricier side, it comes with a guarantee of durability by Scout Regalia, a young design firm that is building itself a reputation for hardy, locally crafted spaces and products that are inspired by LA’s outdoorsy life. Get it here.
3. Kohler Moxie Showerhead ($199)
Picked by: Tom Schnabel
Kohler designers say that they programmed this showerhead/speaker to KCRW, so we couldn’t resist giving it to our connoisseur of all things audiophonic, Tom Schnabel. He says : “I found it odd but wonderful. The sound is great, the shower head a “rainforest” type, good wide coverage, which I found better than a narrower Speakman head. One can also disengage the speaker from the showerhead and place it elsewhere in the bathroom. Plus you can never really hear the radio when you’re in the shower. So my verdict is: thumbs up. . . and better to listen to Rhythm Planet by! Get it here.
4. Ugly Christmas Sweater (From $32)
Picked by: Caroline Chamberlain
Ugly sweaters are all the rage in Los Angeles this year, but if you want to get the chicest ugly sweater one can find, visit Chisara (Chisa) Iwuagwu at her pop-up shop in Burbank. Chisa has a collection of vintage sweaters, many of which are shipped from the midwest, as well as ones she adorns herself. Her sweaters are also available on her website ShopUglySweaters.com. Get it here.
5. Los Angeles Walks Swag (From $15)
Picked by: Alissa Walker
DnA’s Alissa Walker says, “stock up on Los Angeles Walks merchandise, designed by the awesome LA designer Colleen Corcoran! These bandanas, buttons, posters and stickers celebrate the colorful and diverse pedestrian life on our Los Angeles sidewalks. Plus a portion of your proceeds go to support Los Angeles Walks and its Hey, I’m Walking Here campaign for 2014.” Get it here.
6. Outside the Lines Coloring Book ($12.14)
Picked by: Frances Anderton
Souris Hong-Porretta‘s coloring book, featuring illustrations by a over 100 designers and artists, including Laurie Lipton, Shepard Fairey, Exene Cervenka, Keita Takahasi, Emmanuelle Bourlier and many others, is both an affordable survey of current artists and fantastic inspiration to kids of all ages to get out their coloring pens and pencils. Get it here.
7. Stationery by Ashkahn (From $6)
Picked by: Danielle Rago
Tell someone they are a “work of art” or have kisses that taste like “creme brulee” on stationery by sunny designer Ashkahn Shahparnia of ASHKAHN. The handcards, prints and fine paper goods are printed using a letterpress printing technique on cotton papers that are embossed with reflective foils and/or fluorescent ink for the text.
8. Los Angeles Conservancy Membership (From $40)
Picked by Jason Groman
Give the gift of conservation! The Los Angeles Conservancy is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of historic Los Angeles architecture and culture. They lead weekly walking tours, as well as events, including film screenings in L.A.’s movie palaces. Members receive discounts on walking tours, events, and get pre-sale privileges to their Last Remaining Seats events.
9. Happy Homemade: Sew Chic ($12.96)
Picked by: Frances Anderton
Forget Muji! Make your own Japanese minimalist outfits — if you can sew — by following these patterns by Japanese author and designer Yoshiko Tsukiori, who gained a following with her first hit pattern book Stylish Dress Book.
10. KILLSPENCER Weekender Bag (From $425)
Picked by: Carren Jao
Art Center grad Spencer Nikosey launched KILLSPENCER five years ago with the goal of crafting a perfect backpack. Now he’s created this Weekender Bag as a sophisticated alternative to the downtrodden hand-carry. It has open-top construction to allow for easy access while on the road, and pockets sized for the iPad Mini, iPad or MacBook Air 11.” I love the elegance of the charcoal grey naked leather version. KILLSPENCER also offers a $25 monogramming service upon purchase.