Sitting Down with Phil Norman

Iowa transplant Phil Norman came to Southern California in 1984 with his BFA in Interior Design but without a single contact. Spirited, talented and undaunted, he quickly gained entrée into several San Diego-area firms, ultimately launching his own office, Norman Design Group, in 2003.

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New & Notable: The Latest from Milldue, Furniture Guild and Ronbow

We’ve posted recently about bathrooms trending towards more luxuriously furnished spaces than ever before. With the growth of the wellness category (hammams and chromo therapy, for example), has also come a flourishing of smarter styling and interesting materials not usually associated with wet rooms. This week we’re bringing you a round up of the latest offerings from Italian firm Milldue, Atlanta-based Furniture Guild, and California firm Ronbow.

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Native Trails takes the Higher Path

When Naomi Nielson Howard, founder of Native Trails, was a student at Cal Poly (studying social services with a dual minor in business and Spanish) she had the idea—the very bright idea—to found a company that could double as the focus of her class projects. She had spent childhood vacations in Central Mexico, the home of her stepfather, and fallen in love with the aesthetic and the many craftspeople she met on their trips. The idea to launch a small business of importing handmade crafts set her on a course that would ultimately lead to one of today’s most innovative and environmentally focused kitchen and bath manufacturers.

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Barbara Bestor's California Style

Since founding her firm, Bestor Architecture, in 1992, Barbara Bestor has become one of Los Angeles’ most in-demand architects. Whether it’s a restaurant, retail space, workplace or residence, Bestor brings her signature aesthetic—one that is rooted in place and light.

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Design Inspiration from Across the Globe

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