• Meet the Maker: Dounia Home

    Dounia Tamri Loeper, the founder of Dounia Home, grew up in Safi, Morocco

    immersed in a world rich with culture and craftsmanship which she's channeled

    into her stunning new lighting collection. Combining modern style with intricate,

    classic artistry, the lights are simply beautiful, both soulful and glitzy, modern

    with a traditional twist.

     

    Ula in Copper

     

     

     Almas in copper

     

     Ula in silver

     

    We met Dounia last year at the NYNOW design show. The artistry and superior

    quality of the materials she uses was evident immediately, and drew us straight

    to her booth. Dounia celebrates and preserves the heritage of Moroccan

    craftsmanship by only working with artists who use traditional metal working

    techniques passed down through generations. Her authentic, handcrafted pieces

    reflect the passion and commitment of Moroccan artisans and have quickly

    become a favorite at LQ SHOP.

     

    Nur Reversed in brass

     

     

     Ula and Almas in brass

     

     

     

     Detail: Ziya in copper

     

    Dounia studied in the U.S. then worked closely with a team at Michael Graves

    Architecture & Design in Princeton, NJ. After building a solid foundation in

    product design, she grabbed an opportunity to start her own company that

    draws on her Moroccan roots: "What I learned is that when you stay true to

    yourself and your heritage, you can create things that truly represent who

    you are." 

     

     

          

     

    Dedicated to empowering the artisans they partner with, Dounia Home provides

    fair wages, fair working hours, and opportunities for them to grow and learn new

    skills by always pushing the limits of the trade. She wants to celebrate and

    preserve the craftsmanship that shaped her history by working with craftsmen

    whose expertise goes back generations. Dounia's authentic, handcrafted pieces

    reflect their passion.

     

     Mishal in brass

     

     Shams in copper

     

    Dounia Home has also extended its offerings to include candles, textiles and

    home accessories, which will make their way to the shop soon! For now, take

    a look at the lighting collection here.   

     

     

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  • Meet the Maker: Tina Frey Designs

    San Francisco artist Tina Frey sculpts wonderful resin serving pieces by hand, creating

    organic shapes with simple sophistication. We recently received shipment from her and

    are enamored with the understated, chic style of her designs that transition from weeknight

    staples to entertaining the in-laws. Let's just say, they are the perfect accessories to make

    your food look good! 

     

     

    Long Serving Boards

     

    Whether used grouped together or stand-alone, these serving pieces hold their own as works

    of art on the dinner table. 

       

    Square Serving Board                                                 

     

     

    Round serving trays

     

    Starting with only 2 bowl designs at the San Francisco gift show in 2007, Tina left her job

    as a corporate CPA and built her creative endeavor into a full-time business - and we sure

    are happy she did! 

    Round Bowls

     

    Pete Serving Dish 

     

     

    All pieces are still made in San Francisco in a small family run shop. The process is

    completely organic, starting with a block of clay and forming it into a general shape. After

    fine tuning with shaving tools, it becomes a mold that food safe resin is poured into and

    left to set. After a smoothing process the pieces are ready to go. The resin is completely

    food safe, BPA and lead free. The material allows the pieces to be lightweight without

    sacrificing quality- plus they are shatter proof, which we can all appreciate!

     

      

     

     

     

    Our new favorites include the brass Hans Dish, which looks fabulous when layered with

    other dishes, and the large champagne bucket - cause you can never have too much

    bubbly and it easily doubles as a sleek magazine holder!

     

     

     

     

    In addition to the great tableware, Tina Frey's collection also extends to gorgeous planters

    as well as whimsical swings.

     

     

    Explore all of Tina Frey's collection in the shop here

     

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