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Postby lwnshxj61 » Fri May 10, 2013 3:18 pm

HOT STUFF
SIP TEA WHILE YOU BROWSE New Furniture Showplace in Berkeley Managing Hida Tool Co. in Berkeley for 13 years had a side benefit for Kayoka Kuroiwa. While providing fine Japanese woodworking tools, she got acquainted with some of the best furnituremakers in the country.
Now Kuroiwa has opened a store to showcase their work. At Misugi Designs in Berkeley, she features original furniture by 60 artists alongside an indoor Japanese garden, where she sometimes invites visitors to sip tea. "Even a small office or patio can have a garden,Air Jordan Retro 10," says Kuroiwa, who sells fountains, basins, benches and tables for creating them.
Her spacious gallery, which used to be an auto repair shop, is accented with a natural bamboo floor.
Among the artists displaying furniture are of Ohio, who specializes in marquetry cabinets like the one shown above, which sells for about $15,000.
Other furniture designers include James Krenov of Fort Bragg and Brian Condran of Martinez. Prices range from $1,000 for a bench to $20,000 for a large inlaid cabinet.
"Handmade, original, custom- made furniture is a dying art," says Kuroiwa, who's doing her best to make sure it stays alive.
Misugi Designs, 2233 Fifth St. (between Allston and Bancroft ways), Berkeley; (510) 549-0805. Monday through Saturday.
-- Terry Nagel
DESIGNSWallpaper Motifs for Any Room in the House
Designer Paloma Picasso compares room decor to clothing. "Different rooms are like different occasions you would dress for," she says.
This is the philosophy behind her new "Classique" line of wallcoverings, aimed at providing decor for any use, whether a formal dining room or a home office.
Some of the wallcoverings echo Picasso's fashion designs: The "Zodiac" pattern incorporates the astrological signs she has used in pins for Tiffany Co.; "Ex Libris" uses the alphabet of her scarves and jordans (the black-on- white version, $40 per roll, is pictured below); "Grenade" is based on her scroll-patterned scarf.
In all, there are 22 wallcovering designs, from vivid colors to muted textural effects to blacks and whites, from metallics to plaids to traditional floral patterns.
The wallcoverings, which cost $30 to $100 per roll, are printed on pre-trimmed, washable and stippable vinyl-coated paper. There are 34 coordinated fabrics, priced at $20 to $120 per yard. p
The Paloma Picasso "Classique" wallcoverings are sold through retail wallpaper stores and designer showrooms. For locations,Air Jordan New School, phone Motif Designs at (800) 431-2424. --
BATHROOM DECORAdd a Personal Touch With New Shower Curtain
Ever find yourself sitting in the bathroom with not so much as a magazine to stare at? Well,Air Jordan Retro 12, try livening up your loo with the Shower Pockets shower curtain.
The vinyl curtains have slots to insert postcards, photos and other flat trinkets so anyone can add a personal touch to what is usually a very utilitarian bathroom accessory.
, president of Poppy Fabric in Oakland, says the shower curtains have been flying out of the store. "We've sold probably 200 of them."
The best items to use are probably blank postcards or other keepsakes that won't be damaged by moisture. Although the pocket openings are on the outside of the curtain, humidity from the shower will probably damage most photographs. Same goes for the Paris postcard from Aunt Ginny that was addressed in fountain pen.
The Shower Pockets shower curtain is available for $24 at Poppy Fabric, 5151 Broadway (at 51st Street), Oakland, (510) 655-5151; and for $32 at Urban Outfitters, 80 Powell St. (at Ellis Street), San Francisco, (415) 989-1515. --
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