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For the last decade, the evolution of television design has been to make flatscreens increasingly thinner and less intrusive. Now, designer Michael Friebe has created a transparent flatscreen that basically makes the problem of concealing a television a non-issue.

Heddie Chu's shopping knows no geographical bounds. Her work at NC2, an architecture and interior design firm, takes her around the world, and she uses the opportunity to scour markets (both flea and otherwise). The San Franciscan sells her new and one-of-a-kind finds on Emerald Fish, her online emporium. This week she launched a virtual market inspired by Les Puces, her favorite French flea market.

Oakland-based non-profit Estria Foundation has kicked off its ambitious Water Writes project, a public art initiative focused on the worldwide water crisis.

While a well designed retail store should ideally showcase its products, few stores are able to so fully realize this goal as the new Aesop store on St. Honore in Paris. Melbourne-based March Studio used 3,500 pieces of wood on the walls, floors, and ceiling of the skin care store to create permanent shelving and beautiful dimension to the space.

  Most of us put up with the standard-issue 5-by-8-foot space allotted to bathrooms. We think that's insufferably inadequate for such an important room,  especially if we have to share. So here are five baths we'd happily trade up to.

For years we've written about how the kitchen has become the contemporary family room. But what happens when you are a modern family living in an older house where the kitchen's main role is utility? There are two choices: either (as the song says) love the one you are with or (the more exciting option) make it an everyday space that you can love.

For the naysayers who claim no one ever walks in L.A., a stroll around Sunset Junction in Silver Lake may finally put that myth to rest.

  Not every day you see a house with seven bedrooms and its own parking lot. Almost completely un-remodeled. Just leave the kitchen alone.    

About a year-and-a-half ago two Los Angeles  designers picked up and moved to Paris. So perhaps it's no coincidence that not too long after, the third arrondissement finally got it's very own SoCal-style taqueria, Candelaria.

Design studio Maak Creativity has created a cabinet called the DUO that doesn't so much blend classic and modern design as much it mashes them together. The result is jarring, but not necessarily unpleasant. Personally, I can't decide how I feel about it. I applaud the effort, but I don't think I'd want it in my home. What are your thoughts? Is it a successful marriage of styles or a bit too Frankenstein?

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