Craft Archive

#BeautyMattersHui = 2 LU|HSW Credits

By: Rose Apodaca

Earn 2 LU|HSW credits at “Beauty Matters,” an exploration of aesthetics, design and future environmental sustainability by internationally acclaimed designer David Trubridge. The 35-minute talk, drawn from content from his Tedx and SXSW presentation transcends David’s work and kicks off his 6-city U.S. Hui tour. A hui is Māori  for a social gathering, a nod […]

Win This Light!

By: Rose Apodaca

In celebration of David Trubridge kicking off his U.S. Hui tour at A+R, we are giving away one of his most iconic designs, the Floral Pendant Light. “I photographed this beautiful flower on the Bibulman track in Western Australia,” says the New Zealand-based designer of this spin on his ball-shaped lamps based on the geometric […]

Join Us for “Beauty Matters” + David Trubridge

By: Rose Apodaca

Can design be good design if it is not sustainable and beautiful? Internationally acclaimed designer David Trubridge answers this as part of his latest Hui, a 6-city US tour kicking off at A+R on April 28. Join us to gather, learn and share in this exploration on aesthetics, design and the environment. A hui is […]

Two Legends, One Night

By: Rose Apodaca

Cannot wait to party tonight with Mayor Eric Garcetti and the kindred spirits behind the Los Angeles Design Festival, who will honoring a force within the design community (to be announced!) with this year’s ICON Award at Frank Lloyd Wright’s stunning Hollyhock House, which just reopened this Spring. Hollyhock is Lloyd Wright’s first Los Angeles […]

Building Style

By: Rose Apodaca

With the real Guggenheim in our sights during our visit May 14-18 for New York City’s annual design fest, we want to share how absolutely mad we are for the architectural models by Brit brothers Robert and Gavin Paisley. Ok, so as Angelenos, we’re especially smitten for their Hollywood Bowl and Hollyhock House (near our […]

Nearly Extinct?

By: Rose Apodaca

Animal Parade! This menagerie of organic felt animals just in at our Abbot Kinney location, and these will be the last for a while as maker Iris Savir is relocating her brood to Costa Rica this month. A+R will miss you Iris! When this creative walked into our Venice store some five or so years […]

A+R Toy Lab at Crafting Community

By: Rose Apodaca

From a food truck for toddlers to magnetic blocks to a tiny wood recreation of Paris, we’ve tried to create a world of magic and creativity for the more than 200 kids playing at the A+R Toy Lab this weekend at Crafting Community, the weekend escape at Ace Hotel in Palm Springs. And what joy […]

Crafting Community is on A+R

By: Rose Apodaca

As we pack up the robots and kites and magnetic blocks for this weekend’s roving A+R Toy Lab at the Technicolor camp for kids and parents in the desert that is Crafting Community, we’re also rolling out a designated Crafting Community page at our online shop. All the cool toys we’ve collected for Toy Lab […]

Crafting Community…and So Much More

By: Rose Apodaca

Neither one of us had been much for camp as kids. That eagerness among classmates who finally could spend one week in a communal binge of activities seemed a little weird given our own parents willingness throughout the seasons to engage in all sorts of creative projects and camping excursions. Even though I grew up […]

Bungee Up

By: Emily Chang

A bag of goodies recently arrived at A+R. When I opened it, I saw the colorful, utility-roped bag bolos from Karen Kimmel Studios, instantly fell in love, and now want to see the knotted paracord—reminiscent of its outdoorsy bungee brother—with its golden hardware everywhere: clipped on my key ring as I unlock the door to […]