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Fresh From The Dairy: Comforts for Travel

Fresh From The Dairy: Comforts for Travel

Bumper-to-bumper traffic, flight delays, forgetting your passport, freezing on the plane – let’s face it, traveling can be a nightmare sometimes, even if it does get you to your family and friends. Here are 10 items from Society6 that can make your next trip a little bit more comfortable:

the snuggle is real throw blanket by cabin supply co

Geometric Pattern metal travel mug by aftr drk

Concrete Arrow Light Blue #206 duffle bag by Natural Collective

Mountains original throw pillow by Margo Ku

After we die leggings by va103

Contact carry-all pouch by Henn Kim

Hi Bear hoodie by beccatapert

In an ongoing effort to support independent artists from around the world, Design Milk is proud to partner with Society6 to offer The Design Milk Dairy, a special collection of Society6 artists’ work curated by Design Milk and our readers. Proceeds from the The Design Milk Dairy help us bring Design Milk to you every day.

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Urban Stories: Children’s Storage and Activity Center by Tcherassi Vilató

Urban Stories: Children’s Storage and Activity Center by Tcherassi Vilató

Inspired by their son and daughter, Barcelona-based Tcherassi Vilató are creating a furniture collection for kids. First up is Urban Stories, a storage and activity piece that encourages creativity and imagination through drawing, sketching, and playing.

The lids feature a chalkboard on one side and a whiteboard on the other that they can draw on while the lids are flat covering the storage areas or they slide into the slot for them to sit vertically.

When the lids are aligned in the slot, they become a skyline where the kids can draw buildings or various scenarios. They also make taller legs so you can let the piece transform into a desk or console as your child grows.

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Etage Projects at Salon Art + Design

Etage Projects at Salon Art + Design

For this year’s Salon Art + Design, Etage Projects commissioned exclusive works by Sabine Marcelis, Guillermo Santoma, Fredrik Paulsen and Soft Baroque to create a contemporary interior that celebrates the colors and lifestyle of the modern city and post-digital existence.

Neon rings circle shells of deep amber glass for the Chandelier by Sabine Marcelis. The sculptural tall mirrors are held up by the Dutch designer’s signature candy resin blocks. Guillermo Santoma’s freewheeling and eloquent style manifests itself in a lush cream sofa, juxtaposing the two-sided chaperone chair structure with a super modern amorphous form in rubber. Fredrik Paulsen’s side table and console turn the spotlight on a brand new and unique technique that combines anodized aluminum with his signature rainbow tie-dye.

Soft Baroque features crushed and black nickel-plated side table and vase/lamps, playing with ideas about stereotypes in gender aesthetics, material expectations, and shifting values. Black nickel finish on the exhaust pipes, deformed by hand and the hammer, meets the softer touch of flowers. A remote controlled, color changing LED light allows the user to browse through a spectrum of colored flowers resting in the vase. The tube references a parametric, digitally rendered surface, but is made in a forceful and chaotic process.

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The Coachman Hotel: A Modern and Elevated Motel Experience

The Coachman Hotel: A Modern and Elevated Motel Experience

A few weeks ago I took a trip up north for a girls weekend away to Tahoe to stay…in a motel. Now the last time I stayed in a motel, I remember yellowed sheets, questionable hygiene, the smell of cigarettes, and stains from carpet to ceiling. I vowed that day never to stay in a motel again. However, I came across the Coachman Hotel which promised an elevated motel experience where guests can enjoy modern conveniences during their escape to the outdoors. I was instantly intrigued and, in the end, pleasantly surprised.

Located on the south end of Lake Tahoe on the California stateside, the Coachman Hotel reminds me a lot of an Ace Hotel – that is, if the Ace Hotel interior designer was also a part-time lumberjack. In actuality, it was Brooklyn-based Studio Tack that gave the 1960s motel a major face-lift with the interiors and branding. The hotel consists of 42 guest rooms and suites that are all stylish yet practical (after all, there’s no place for excessiveness in the great outdoors). There is room for modern design though, and I was pleased to see that the hotel supported familiar names. There were furnishings from Stephen Kenn, goods from Brendan Sowersby of 100xbtr, tables and chairs from Jason Pickens, and contemporary accents from Eric Trine.

For more of a splurge, you can opt for the King Suite or the 3-Bedroom Suite which offers more space to stretch out.

In every room, you’ll find a curated minibar (not your average Snickers and chips), Apple TV, Frette linens and towels, Woolrich blankets, and Malin + Goetz bath products. A designated “wet” area gives you a place to set down your equipment after a day of outdoor activities.

In the morning, head on into the communal kitchen for a complimentary continental breakfast. You can even make your own waffles!

The interior design features lots of warm wood, piles of cozy blankets to borrow, and contemporary fixtures that set a low, ambient glow throughout the shared gathering spaces at night.

One thing you’ll appreciate when staying here is the ways that the hotel encourages you to be outdoors, whether it’s hanging out at the pool or jacuzzi, playing a game of cornhole, sipping a cup of Stumptown coffee or a glass of craft beer with the lounge doors wide open, or making complimentary S’mores at night.

Your furry friends are most welcomed at this dog-friendly hotel.

Overall, the Coachman Hotel reset my expectations when it comes to motels, though I’m sure not all motel experiences will be like this one. If you’re looking for a low-key weekend getaway and want all of the ingredients for a comfortable, cozy stay while taking in the mountain air, I highly recommend this hotel.

What: The Coachman Hotel
Where: 4100 Pine Boulevard, South Lake Tahoe, CA, 96150
How much? Rooms start at approximately $88 per night.
Highlights: You might say that the Coachman Hotel is a no-frills kind of place but that’s not true. The hotel provides plenty of comforts – like complimentary breakfasts, a coffee bar serving Stumptown coffee/espresso, and complimentary evening S’mores – without distracting from the reason you came, to enjoy the outdoors.
Design draw: There’s no rule that says contemporary design and nature can’t coexist. You’ll find pleasant amenities like Apple TV, Malin + Goetz bath products, heated toilet seats (very important in colder months!), and custom furniture in every room.
Book it: Visit the Coachman Hotel’s website

Photos by Luke Beard.

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The North Face x Publish Brand “Earth’s Core” Collaboration

The North Face x Publish Brand “Earth’s Core” Collaboration

SoCal clothier Publish Brand’s streetwear cred was established by their hugely popular line of jogger pants and other complementary pieces that made it easy for those with an affinity for kicks to bring attention to their finest sneakers. They’ve gone onto bigger and brighter things, including a follow-up to last year’s unexpected collaboration with outdoor gear giant, The North Face. The partnership resulted in “Midnight in Antarctica,” a moody trio of deep navy hued footwear styles applied onto classic North Face silhouettes. This year’s collaborative footwear collection “Earth’s Core” is fire to last year’s ice.

Both the North Face’s Litewave Ampere II HC and the ThermoBall Traction Mule II models distinguish themselves with a vibrant treatment of bright orange across their soles, embellishing the lightweight materials of each shoe engineered for trekking activities where every ounce counts.

The larger silhouette of the Litewave Ampere II HC features a sock-like stretch neoprene mesh construction to keep trail debris out and ankles snuggly in place, with heel and toe cap protective no-sew TPU overlays, OrthoLite footbed, and UltrATAC rubber outsole biting the trail with a toothy pattern, giving these hi-tops their outdoor bona fides.

The ThermoBall Traction Mule II – literally the loftier of the two – is outfitted to keep feet within the slip-on warm thanks to its PrimaLoft insulation filling. A graphical grippy rubber sole pattern constructed of 40% recycled materials is matched with compressible lightweight ThermoBall insulation and 100% recycled/water-resistant PET ripstop uppers, imagined as comfy kicks for cold mornings in base camp.

The Litewave Ampere II HC is available for $140 and the ThermoBall Traction Mule II for $70, both currently available online at Publish Brand’s website.

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2017 Gift Guide: Health & Beauty

2017 Gift Guide: Health & Beauty

We don’t talk a whole lot about beauty and hygiene here on Design Milk but that doesn’t mean we don’t love indulging in wellness, skincare and self-care behind the screen (although we have shared some of our essentials when we’re traveling; see here and here). In my opinion, giving someone an excuse to pamper themselves is always a safe bet because everyone likes to look good and feel good! It’s also a plus when items have beautiful packaging and these days, there are a lot of options. Instead of stepping into a dizzying cosmetic store wondering if an item will hurt more than help, check out the roundup below for gifts that will delight any recipient who wants to reserve a little time to take care of themselves.

A new gender-neutral skincare line that simplifies your morning and night routine.
Panacea Skincare Aegis Kit \\\ $92
The Korean skincare routine is known to be effective but complex (there are anywhere from 7 to 10 steps in the daily regimen). Not everyone has the time to dedicate to the time-consuming, twice-a-day practice. Panacea Skincare solves this by paring down the regimen to three steps – cleanse, moisturize, protect – with the Aegis Kit. After using just the kit for an entire week, I found that the trio ticks off my beauty requirements (minimalist packaging, enjoyable to use, effective results) to land a permanent stay on my shelf.

Instagrammable gift-sets for the natural beauty junkie.
Herbivore Botanicals TRUE BLUE Skin Clarifying Duo \\\ $29
Herbivore Botanicals Coco Rose Luxe Hydration Trio \\\ $39
By now you may have come across Herbivore Botanicals through your Instagram feed. Not only is the social media-friendly skincare brand seemingly in everyone’s flat lays, it’s also on everyone’s face. The brand has built a cult-following for its natural and non-toxic products. It’s a pleasant surprise that I can actually pronounce or recognize all the ingredients in these two holiday sets! With products so rich in nutritious extracts and oils, I can feel safe gifting them to friends without worrying about getting an angry phone call later on. (Additional recommendations: the Phoenix Oil and Lapis Oil are my saving graces in these colder, drier days.)

The makings of a good meditation session.
Nippon Kodo Green Tea Incense \\\ $10
Good Thing Gully Incense Holder \\\ $38
It was only in the past year that I started meditating more often. For me, it helps to set the mood and atmosphere because I’m always anxiously thinking about other things instead of focusing on actually meditating. Lighting an aromatherapeutic green tea incense stick in my Gully, a modern incense holder designed by Good Thing, helps me concentrate on the scent and the task at hand instead of thinking about my overflowing inbox.

Sculptural soaps that are almost too pretty to use (until you smell them).
UME Studio ERODE Soaps \\\ $48
At this year’s WestEdge Design Fair, UME Studio was one of our vendors at our curated Milk Stand. Every time I passed their booth, there was always at least five people checking out their ERODE soaps. I knew why too. Not only do the soaps smell unbelievably pleasant (with intriguing mixes of various oils and scents like lemongrass, cedar, coffee, chamomile, cardamom, patchouli; to name a few), they look like marble sculptures. UME Studio hand-pours and hand-casts each one so no two are the same.

Solving your skincare concerns with a flashlight.
Skin Inc. Optimizer Votage Tri-Light \\\ $265
The Skin Inc Optimizer Voyage Tri-Light is a space age-y looking device that promises to address all your trouble areas with light technology. Using the power of colored LED Chromotherapy with low frequency stimulation, the device switches between different colors (red, blue, and yellow) to target blemishes, dull skin, and fine lines. May the good skincare be with you.

Smells like relaxation.
Vitruvi White Stone Diffuser \\\ $119
I’m a believer that aromatherapy works. When I turn on my diffuser and those eucalyptus or jasmine scents start wafting through the room, I feel noticeably calmer and relaxed. Vitruvi makes a beautiful diffuser handcrafted from high quality porcelain and offers essential oil blends created to start your day or calm down your night.

Bye-bye, bacteria. Hello #shelfie photo.
Norden Goods Handwash \\\ $25
Not only do these hand washes by Norden Goods look great on counters with their monochromatic packaging, they smell great because they’re inspired by the outdoorsy scents of Yosemite, Montauk and Kaaterskill Falls. Looks great, smells great, will have your gift recipients thinking you’re great.

The easiest way to take care of your parents.
Care/Of Gift Card \\\ From $30 to $120
It’s never too late to supplement a diet with vitamins + minerals and who’s more worthy of that care than your parents? Send them a personalized gift card and they’ll receive packets of vitamins personalized with their name and notes (which you can create yourself or choose from themes like “Feminist AF” and “Around The World In 30 Packs”). They’ll think of you every time they take their vitamins.

Back to basics.
Hidrate Spark 2.0 \\\ $55
It seems like a myriad of skin and health issues can be alleviated by the most basic of the commandments: drink more water. Admittedly, I am the worst at this (I’ve been known to go a couple days without drinking any water). Jaime introduced me to this smart water bottle that’s able to track my H20 drinking problem. The bottle glows to remind you when to take a sip and syncs to an app to track your water intake.

That satisfying feeling of having all your shower products match.
m/f people Shower Kit \\\ $49
Greg Alterman, who co-founded the popular Juice | Served Here chain, created this gender-neutral apparel and skincare brand based on the principles of minimalism. This shower kit includes a shampoo, conditioner, body wash, scrub, and lotion – all of which smells pleasant and looks beautifully cohesive on the bathroom shelf. For the design lover that cares equally about what’s outside and inside the bottle, this is a satisfying sight to see.

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Made in London: Johnetté Taylor

Made in London: Johnetté Taylor

This is the latest in our Made in London series of films about London-based makers by filmmaker William Scothern. This month’s video is about leather bag-maker Johnetté Taylor. “Being a creative person, it becomes really difficult to go along with how things are supposed to be,” she says. “You start to realize that: ‘I could be creating something that allows me to make my own money, which allows me to make my own decisions.’”

Inspired by the migrations of her native American and African American ancestors and a school trip to England, France and Spain aged just 16, Johnetté moved to London when she was 20 to learn more about design. “My impression from a young age was if you’re not where you want to be, find the place you’d like to be,” she says. “From the day I landed at Heathrow Airport in 1998, the world opened up for me and I’ve never looked back.” She studied fashion, gaining degrees from the London College of Fashion and the Fashion Institute of Merchandising in Los Angeles, before returning to London for an internship with a bag-maker whose studio was above a leather workshop. “Working with them was amazing,” she says. “I would take down the samples to the guys in the workshop and they would spend an hour with me every day going through some techniques.” She set up her own business in London in 2010 and now makes every piece by hand, one bag at a time.

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