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Even if you’re not familiar with the names Charles and Ray Eames, you’re almost certainly familiar with their work. This husband-and-wife design duo made truly iconic contributions to furniture design and architecture, including the ever-popular Eames Lounge Chair, which is among the most famous of their designs.

Charles Eames was born in St. Louis, Missouri in 1907, where he attended school at Washington University and developed a keen interest in architecture and engineering. For several years, Charles worked in an architectural office and opened his own office several years later. Eventually, his interests extended beyond architecture and he attended Cranbrook Academy of Art on a fellowship to study

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Other than the 4th of July and its associated festivities, the month of July also happens to hold one of our favorite architect’s birthdays. Born on July 8th in 1906, Philip C. Johnson is a Harvard-educated architect best known for his own residence, dubbed The Glass House in New Canaan, Connecticut. Before entering the world of architecture, Johnson studied philosophy as an undergrad at Harvard. Upon graduation, he ventured to Europe where he observed many landmarks of classical and Gothic architecture and eventually met German architect, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, who would become one of his greatest influences.

Just a few years after his formative European excursions, Johnson joined the New York Museum of Modern Art’s

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If you were an Oprah fan, or binge on HGTV and design magazines, then you know Nate Berkus. An international home décor style-icon and a major influencer in the contemporary lifestyle space, Berkus is a star among stars. So, how did he reach this such status and capture hearts across the world?

Early Style

Berkus’ design roots run deep. His mother, Nancy Golden is a skilled designer who appears on HGTV and DIY networks. Design was always Berkus’ passion, too. After high school, Berkus lived in Paris interning for French fashion designer, Dominique Aurientis, which fostered his appreciation of fine design. Later he launched into his design career.

Pivotal Style Moments

An interior designer in Chicago since

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Photograph by Cliff May; Cliff May Collection, Architecture and Design Collection, University of California, Santa Barbara © UC Regents // Source: http://www.pacificstandardtime.org

The resurgence of the Ranch style can be attributed to two kinds of people: young professionals who saw a stylish home they could afford, and retirees who adored the open layout and single story living. No wonder in the late 90s, a forgotten and almost stepchild neighborhood of Long Beach saw a revitalization like never before: The Cliff May Rancho's of Lakewood Rancho Estates suddenly became the hot place to buy. And, with its unique style and accessibility, it continues to be a highly sought-after neighborhood today. 

A Brief History of "The Rancho's"

Designed in

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Welcome to #TastemakerTuesday, where we’ll feature the visionaries in our favorite nooks who are dedicated to building a better community through their talents.

“You cannot connect the dots looking forward, so you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future.” - Steve Jobs at his 2005 Stanford University commencement speech.

For 20th anniversary of the iMac, it's hard not to reflect on the role of Steve Jobs in our modern lives. In a time of cultural excess, he saw the future he wanted, which in 1996 included the very controversial decision to not include a floppy disc drive in the iMac. (Remember floppy discs? Unless you worked at the Pentagon in 2016, you haven’t touched one in years.)

As he said at his famous Stanford

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I first met Rhiannon Gillis when she initiated a Meetup for Eastside Los Angeles “Mom-treprenuers,” creating a community of support that exists to this day. She followed her dream of creating an interior design firm where everyone feels comfortable, no matter their knowledge of design or budget. It’s been lovely to watch her business grow, now with a physical location in North East Los Angeles. Don’t get down if you’re not in the area though; she also provides virtual décor services. I was thrilled that she agreed to answer some questions for our site.

Amber & Honey Office

Nook: What's your philosophy behind Amber and Honey Design Co.?

Rhiannon Gillis: I firmly believe all people should love their home. I have worked with clients of all types, and I think it should

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Here at Nook, we have a passion for people, places and properties. This week we bring you exceptional Tastemakers making waves towards a more eco-friendly, sustainable world. They may work inside or outside of your home, or even inside film studios, but the work they do affects everyone on our planet equally. Unless you're one of those people who can afford an escape pod to the moon station that Elon Musk is building. Then I guess we'll just meet up when you need moon minions?

  • John Lyons brings a Western Ireland aesthetic to The Woven Garden, turning simple shapes into art and all plants into beauty. His garden designs and maintenance bring fantastical life across Los Angeles.

  • The Shift Group in the Bay Area believes that strong design

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With news of Zaha Hadid Architects finishing their first project in New York plus their appointment to design a new Mumbai international airport, it seemed fitting to watch Alex Yentob’s 2013 documentary on her life and works, Zaha Hadid, Who Dares Wins.

It's always easy to look back on someone's life and say with confidence, Of course, they were going to succeed. Look at all of their promise at a young age, all of their talent. But hundreds or even thousands of talented people don't become industry superstars, and it's hard to understand the struggles they encountered after watching them win awards for their life's work.

While revisiting her biography for another Nook article last summer, I was surprised to learn that her designs weren't built

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I am obsessed with the desk, with office space, with merging that perfect home office so that it fits your aesthetic with the right blend of work/life balance. What is your view? What is the right combination of inspiration and practical needs? Learning about Studio O+A in San Francisco motivated me to consider how a workplace feels to anyone who visits it and not just the person using it. Ultimately, what matters most is how a desk makes you, the person using it, feel, and how that helps or hinder your productivity.

Yesterday was National Clean Off Your Desk Day, one of my favorite new year traditions. Personally, I prefer the “clear it all off” method. I remove everything from the desk and drawers area, toss or scan loose papers I want to archive,

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Here at Nook, we have a passion for people, places and properties. There is a reason that we say people first, for what makes a neighborhood special if not the people who live there? Welcome to #TastemakerTuesday, where we’ll feature the visionaries in our favorite nooks who are dedicated to building a better community through their talents.

A new year often signals a new start, and that applies to your home as well as your favorite neighborhood nook. We love bringing you Tastemakers from across California and Miami, including opera maestros, visual artists, workspace designers and even breweries (we often take the word “Tastemaker” literally around here!).

Some of these Tastemakers have been working in their nooks for a while and we want to bring

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