For the last two weeks the Olympics has trumped everything, including American Idol; we're obsessed with figure skating. It's been a series of nail-biting moments, wondering who will win, who will place. All the focus on winning and losing informed the articles that caught our eye in this week's Los Angeles Times Home & Garden section: a duel between the classic Ericophone vs. Scandiphone, its modern replica; a photo gallery of the King House, one of the winners of the Western Home Awards; Rene Lynch, the Recyclist, shares her triumph over zipper lock bags; and, folks in Pasadena may feel as if they're taking home the Gold; Intelligensia will soon be opening there. Links to these stories and more, after the jump.
The Look for Less: Ericofon vs. Scandiphone: If you still have a landline, then you'll want to find a phone that fits into your decor. The Ericofon is a classic addition if your taste runs to mid-century modern. But the price of the vintage phones? Not so much. Scandiphone is a recent copy that's garnering some attention. A look at the pros and cons of the new phone vs the vintage phone (and let's not even get into the real vs. knock-off debate)
King house, three L.A. architecture firms among 2009-2010 Western Home Awards winners: Of the eight winners of this year's Western Home Awards, three of them are here in Los Angeles including The King House, one of the stops on last year's Dwell on Design tour. Check out the photo gallery.
Ana Henton designing new Intelligentsia Coffee to open in Pasadena this summer: We've made no secret of our love for Intelligentsia, from Gregory's daily habit to their vertical garden to their compelling tiles. Denizens of Silverlake and Venice have long been on that train. Now Pasadenians (Pasadenites?) can climb aboard. Ana Henton of Mass Architecture, who designed the Venice branch, will be responsible for the new outpost. Take a look at some of the other spots Mass Architecture has designed.
The Recylist: Putting a lid on zipper bag use: This week, Rene Lynch is tackling her dependence on zipper lock bags for storing leftovers. Her issue? She finds herself using them once, and then tossing them. Perhaps she should switch to a more eco-friendly zip lock bag (does such a thing exist?), wash them or go back to storing things in plastic food storage containers. Talk about a nail-biting dilemma.