Wish Upon an A+R: Trina Turk

  • California Cool: designer Trina Turk

  • Inspired by the 1971 classic, this 2013 Malibu Barbie by Trina Turk is one for the collectors.

  • Because why wouldn't you want to dress just like Trina Turk's Barbie?

  • The kidskin Petal 18 Necklace by Yeh Design Lab is named after the 18 petals handcut and assembled.

  • Themis Mono Mobile by Clara von Zweigbergk for Artecnica is a single 12-inch version of the popular mobiles.

  • Made in Portugal, this oversized cork ice bucket by Filipe Alarcão for Materia is party-ready.

  • The Wood Sushi Set by Japanese designer Kaz Shiomi is fun for all ages!

  • In trio or single models, the hornbeam "beads" of Les Perles candle holders by FX Balléry for Y'a Pas Le Feu Au Lac can be reconfigured according to whim.

In the midst of launching her very own signature Malibu Barbie and prepping for her much-anticipated afternoon talk “Re-Imagining California Classics” at Dwell on Design Friday, lifestyle designer Trina Turk took a few minutes out to inaugurate our series “Wish Upon an A+R.”  In this regular column, we will regularly feature A+R pals sharing what they have on their wishlists.

What we love about Trina is how she embodies the optimism of California, both in her products and in real life. Trina and her photographer husband Jonathan Skow share a collector’s appreciation for the modernist artistry and craftsmanship born in the Golden State, and the two have championed the endless summer mindset through an eclectically vibrant style reflected in their women’s ready-to-wear, costume jewelry and accessories, a menswear line called Mr. Turk, and home décor and textiles since launching the brand in 1995. Their growing empire now counts 7 signature boutiques nationwide, including standouts in Los Angeles, Manhattan, Palm Springs and Bal Harbour.

They have also embraced California design via two Mid-century marvels they personally restored, one in Los Angeles’ creative enclave of Silver Lake and the other in Palm Springs. From an urban architectural detail to a flowering desert succulent, Trina absorbs the graphic patterns and dynamic colors into a joyfully chic, flourishing lifestyle brand that continues to charm a growing fan base worldwide.

With that in mind, we were keen to find out what A+R products top Trina’s wishlist. No surprise that her top 5, which appear in the slideshow (and each image clicks through to the source site), can easily fit in her home and on her.

Discussing architecture to fashion to cars, Trina Turk will appear in conversation with Dwell editor-in-chief Amanda Dameron and Lincoln Motor Company manager of colors and design Janet Seymour on Friday, June 20 at 2 p.m. on the Design Innovation Stage at the Dwell on Design event at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

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