F5: Cara Woodhouse Reveals Her Secret Hobby

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Design is clearly Cara Woodhouse’s passion, luckily it’s also her job. Cara Woodhouse Interiors is a full-service design firm based in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. She strives to find the perfect balance within every space, getting great satisfaction from collaboration with designs to make their dreams a reality. Cara’s design services include architecture consulting, contract management, spatial planning, material and finish selections, custom furniture and millwork and antiquing. She’s worked on projects in Miami, New York City, the Hamptons, Boston, Nantucket, Westchester, Los Angeles, London and beyond. Amongst others, Cara’s current projects include a Central Park West apartment, the Playboy offices in Beverly Hills, a Brooklyn townhouse, a West Village townhouse and a mid-century modern home in West Hollywood. She’s also become a brand ambassador for several home furnishing companies as well as a world-renowned social media influencer.

Today Cara joins us for Friday Five!

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Seth Rogen’s Cannabis Lifestyle Brand Houseplant Embraces High Design

Actor Seth Rogen’s affinity for cannabis is practically as synonymous with the amiable personality as his hearty warm guffaw. But it’s only recently his passion for working clay into ceramics has nearly eclipsed his rep for his ever-stoned state. Rogen’s efforts have become more pronounced with the combination of his two passions into a singular branded effort, culminating in Houseplant, a cannabis lifestyle brand of high design for high times.

Seth Rogen’s first Ash Tray set immediately sold out. The second edition shares a similar organic mid-century aesthetic celebrating the enjoyment of cannabis in forms that could easily be adapted for non-cannabis use.

“Almost ten years ago, I envisioned having my own weed company,” says Rogen, “And today I can say that my company Houseplant’s weed will be available in California next week! Also, Houseplant is making lovely Housegoods like ashtrays, lighters, and YES, even ceramics.”

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The Design Milk Team Celebrates National Pet Day!

Though we all know it’s really every day if you’re a good pet parent, National Pet Day is this Sunday, April 11th. Lots of us on the Design Milk team are pet lovers down to the core, so we thought it would be fun to share a few of our pets and just a little bit about them, including their pick from our Pets shop section that they either own and love or would like to give a test run! These cats and dogs are the stars, we’re just along for the ride.

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Kelly Beall, Senior Editor and Art Director
Pet’s Name: Remy
Age: 1 year old
Breed: orange tabby cat

Remy’s favorite toys are things that aren’t cat toys or things he knows he’s not supposed to bother. I always ask him if he’s a space alien because he’s the most chaotic cat I’ve ever met!

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The Beast Health B10 Blends Style With Substance

Beast Health arrives as the new kid on the block of appliance startups, but the company’s founder Colin Sapire can claim knowing more than a thing or two about the personal blender category. In fact he helped create it. His previous efforts are responsible for bringing the world the NutriBullet, the appliance most synonymous with the health meals on-the-go lifestyle. Sapire returns with another personal health appliance, this one noticeably upgraded in both form and function: the Beast Health B10 Health Blender.

Noting Millennials and Gen Z have proven to be health conscious generations, the B10 Health Blender arrives swathed in industrial design and branding clearly communicating its intended to appeal to a demographic used to good design as the rule rather than an exception (we’re especially partial to the Pebble Grey version with its mango orange push button).

The B10 Health Blender’s lantern-like design is constructed from extruded, … Read the rest

Lexus Design Award 2021 Selects 6 Innovative Finalists

The following post is brought to you by the Lexus Design Award. Our partners are hand-picked by the Design Milk team because they represent the best in design.

Next-generation talents have been competing for the Lexus Design Award since its 2013 debut, taking on the challenge of creating Design for a Better Tomorrow. This year marks the ninth year of the international competition, with an impressive 2,079 entries submitted from 66 countries! A distinguished panel of jurors have narrowed down the pool to six finalists whose ideas embody the three principles of the Lexus Design Award – Anticipate, Innovate and Captivate. What’s on the line? A once-in-a lifetime experience to prototype their ideas with a project budget of ¥3,000,000 (approximately $25,000).

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CY-BO by Kenji Abe (Japan)
CY-BO packing materials can be transformed into various shapes by combining different pieces. The material is formed out of a sponge-like material, and … Read the rest

Lexus LF-Z Electrified Previews Their Electrified, AI-Enhanced Future

According to recently announced plans, Lexus’s future is going to take an electrifying turn, with a schedule of 20 new BEVs, PHEVs, HEVs and other electric vehicles slated to arrive by the year 2025. Leading this course toward electrification, Lexus revealed the LF-Z Electrified, a battery electric vehicle concept car intended to showcase both the visual and technological languages Lexus intends to utilize across future models.

The Lexus LF-Z Electrified builds upon the brand’s current “L-Finesse” styling language, sharing some of the creased and sculpted musculature of the current RX L crossover alongside the sleek prowling stance of the LC coupe. But this being Lexus’s first all-electric model, the brand’s signature spindle grill is to be replaced with only its silhouette and emblem intact.

A cool detail: the disintegrating pixelated pattern progresses into the the wide cat-eyed LED front lights.

Lexus designers explain their goal was to create a … Read the rest

DMTV Milkshake: Laura Hodges on Bringing Global Style Home

This week’s DMTV Milkshake guest is Laura Hodges, interior designer and founder of Domain, a Baltimore-area home decor shop offering a stylish mix of goods by designers from around the world.

Hodges’ aesthetic is evident in her recent transformation of a 2,000-square-foot loft-style residence in Baltimore’s Fells Point neighborhood — a once-industrial space made softer and more beautiful with Hodges’ graceful interventions, like covering the original concrete floors with wide oak planks. That same graceful aesthetic informs the selection of products at her shop, like paintings by Maryland Institute College of Art graduate Heather Kirtland, handmade Ugandan baskets and Earth Elements bath products; her favorite products at the shop, she says, are the jewelry, like citrine drop earrings by Wild Sol and handmade leather earrings by Deanne Lenehan.

Here, we speak to Hodges about the city that finds most inspiration (spoiler: it’s Paris) and the … Read the rest

Friday Five With Arjun Rathi of Arjun Rathi Design

Arjun Rathi

Arjun Rathi

Arjun Rathi is an architect and lighting designer with a self-named multi-disciplinary studio, Arjun Rathi Design, that was established in 2012 in Mumbai, India. Since then, his studio’s work has gained a lot of recognition for their exploratory, imaginative approach towards materials and design processes in lighting design and luxury interiors. Arjun works to create single pieces made together with craftsmen as well as mass produced objects developed with manufacturers – the full spectrum. That said, the studio has no particular style but follows their instincts and their ethos of “light, form(s), emotion”. With a belief that lighting can have a strong emotional and transformational impact on spaces, Arjun’s studio has executed intricate and extensive lighting installations at The Lodha World Towers, India’s tallest residential building, and The Lodhi Hotel in Delhi. The studio is currently working on India’s largest lighting installation for a commercial banquet space Read the rest

How the Pandemic Has Us Rethinking Wellness and Sustainability at Home

We know, we know – you’re probably keenly aware that the past year has been, well, different. While we could start counting off the ways the COVID-19 pandemic has changed society, potentially forever, we’re going to cut to the chase. Over the past 12 months, the general population has spent more time at home than ever before in our lifetimes. In the interior design world, that single pandemic-induced behavioral change is dramatically impacting the industry. More specifically, it’s created a laser focus on wellness and sustainability.

In March 2020, before we had any idea just how long we’d be in lockdown, everything froze. People froze their assets, their social lives, their office lives – really, just anything and everything stopped. And that included design businesses.

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“At the beginning of the pandemic with the stay-at-home orders, we saw a dramatic decrease in business,” says Tisha Leung, editor at … Read the rest

Take 5: 3D Printed Ceramics, a Bookstore That Sells a Single Book + More

Every other week we’re inviting one of the Design Milk team to share five personal favorites – an opportunity for each of us to reveal the sort of designs we use and appreciate in our own lives from a more personal perspective. Founder + Chief Creative Officer Jaime Derringer returns this week for our Take 5 series…



1. I discovered Arushi Jain through a newsletter, and I’m so glad I did because her music is incredible. She brings together modular synthesis and traditional Indian ragas resulting in otherworldly ambient soundscapes. Take a listen to her Boiler Room set above.

2. I’m really loving these pieces from førs studio, new in the Design Milk Shop, especially in this creamy peach tone. I’ve started drinking (decaf) tea every evening so I can see myself using this on the daily.