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Shopper’s Diary: Lola Home in Berkeley

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Shopper’s Diary: Lola Home in Berkeley

April 30, 2010

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

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

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

First seven photos by Aya Brackett.

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