ISSUE 17  |  Beautiful Colors

Shopper’s Diary: Lola Home in Berkeley

April 30, 2010 8:30 PM

BY Julie Carlson

One of the Bay Area’s best under-the-radar design shops is Lola Home, in the gracious Elmwood neighborhood of Berkeley. Owner Lois Vinsel has a brilliant eye; in her tiny shop she stocks lighting, tableware, and other items for the home from an international roster of designers including Belgium architect Vincent Van Duysen; Brooklyn design collective Rich, Brilliant, Willing; Japanese architect Sanaa chairs; and Seattle designers Iacoli & McAllister, among others. There’s no online shopping, but Vinsel will ship items anywhere; call (510) 981-8345 or go to Lola Home for more information.

Above: The black pitcher by Judy Jackson is $56; the matching creamer is $22.

Above: Cups by Massachusetts-based ceramics artist Molly Hatch; $54; cake stand by LA-based ceramicist John Scott; $68.

Above: Antwerp-based architect Vincent Van Duysen wood-topped bowls for When Objects Work; prices start at $170 for the 6-inch size.

Above: LivingStones felt cushions and seats, designed by Stéphanie Marin and made in Nice, France; prices start at $135.

Above: Cake pedestal by Seattle-based Iacoli & McAllister; $98.

Above: Designed by Japanese architects Sanaa (winners of the 2010 Pritzker Architecture Prize), the Sanaa Chair is made of out of maple plywood and is available in pink, green, yellow, white-beige, brown, or dark gray; $250.

Above: A table and bench set from New York artist and furniture maker Chris Lehrecke.

Above: The Excel Floor lamp by Brooklyn designers Rich, Brilliant, Willing.

First seven photos by Aya Brackett.