Thanksgiving How To: Redesign Your Relatives

In your family, everyone brings something to the Thanksgiving table. Some things you simply cannot live without, like your sister’s signature green bean casserole. Others—like Mom’s handmade floral centerpiece modeled after the Mayflower—you’d like to use as kindling for the fire.

Don’t write off your dear relatives as design delinquents. Teach them! Rather than grin and bear the flood of kitschy-cute décor, why not show them that the finer things in life can be festive, too?

We’ve got some ways to whet their palates for great design.

How To Redesign Your Relatives

Start with what they know. Aunt Judy’s cardinal sin? Obsessive holiday color-coordination from head-to-toe. Show her the countless alternatives to orange and brown with Avril Loreti’s Paint Chip Napkins. An ode to color on 100% cotton, they’ll open her eyes to a new kind of palette-able pleasure.


Meet them halfway. Grandpa nearly loses a limb each year chopping wood in an attempt to “get this family back to basics”—you know, the days when he had to shoot his own turkey and haul it home (three miles, uphill, in the snow). He’ll love the raw, organic quality of the Brooklyn Slate Cheese Board, which hails from a family quarry in upstate New York.


Know their strengths. Last year, you all learned the hard way that the mashed potatoes are no place for cousin Cathy’s artistic experimentation. Try giving her free reign over setting the table instead. Daring decorative details like the Cell Tealight Holder by bold Brit Tom Dixon will help to quell her creative hunger.


Show them a good time. Understandably, the in-laws are a little intimidated by your exquisite taste. Show them that good design is anything but uptight by breaking into that Pinot Gris with the Parrot Corkscrew, and chilling it with the Corkcicle. They’ll warm up to the idea of form and function with every sip.


Don’t forget the classics. One thing the crazy clan of yours can agree upon is staying true to tradition. Delight them with some Wine Glasses from 180-year-old glassware company Nachtmann. These crystal goblets are famous for a shape that enhances wine’s bouquet and flavor. So pick your vintage and propose a toast…to rituals that don’t involve off-key sing-alongs or hideous matching crocheted sweaters.

—Kate Canary

Studio City: MASHstudios’ Bernard Brucha Talks Shop

Based in Los Angeles, CA, MASHstudios prides itself on projects that push the creative envelope. Specializing in furniture design and manufacturing, the multidisciplinary design firm and initially got its start in a Venice Beach apartment in 2002. Today, it works with brands such as Kid Robot, Crate and Barrel, Alexis Bittar, AOL, and Microsoft.

This week, Fab is featuring several gorgeous pieces from the firm’s LAX series, a collection of handsome, minimal furniture that strives to promote calm and reductive living. The line was conceived while MASHstudios’ founder and principle designer, Bernard Brucha, lived in Brooklyn; it was eventually named for the Los Angeles International airport—the icon of arriving to L.A.

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Source: CNET

Show your stripes (Taken with Instagram at

So functional…so orderly…so COLORFUL!

designbingeBuro Desk Accessories by DesignWright

Oh my drool.

(via oliveargyle)


Light fixtures by Frank Buchwald


Fragmented Chronicles, Quirky Rings with Miniature Scenes Inside

Aren’t these Fab-tastic? Reminds us of our friends at Twig Terrariums


Take a look inside the recently renovated Calder Foundation Project Space…more pictures here.

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Curious about what your American accent sounds like to non-English speakers? This video totally nails it.

While you’re pondering the modulation and cadence of faux English, why not take a gander at today’s language and travel book sale on Fab. Who knows? You might even learn how to  make out in Japanese


Eye catching cross stitch work by Irish-Danish artist, Inge Jacobsen. Combining photography with beautiful artisan techniques. 

“By bringing the surface of the image to the attention of the viewer I want them to acknowledge the stitched pieces as objects rather than just images.” 

Inge Jacobsen

An Igloo made of Books by Miler Lagos.  

(via thingsorganizedneatly)

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