Celebrating a love of travel, artistry and charitable pursuits, sisters' Jenny Best and Katharina Tagliaferro, recently opened up shop along the trendy Santa Monica shopping row on Montana Avenue.  Zouk Los Angeles is a unique boutique stocked full of exotic goods for the home, as well as carefully selected fashion pieces for women.

Brooklyn-based artists KAWS, who began as a graffiti artist and moved into toys, sculpture and clothing, can now add product designer to his resume.

A few months ago we took a look at a series of coffee tables inspired by the state of California. Taking local to a new level, we're looking at the best products inspired by the complex, confusing and often beautiful map of L.A.

Strip malls in South L.A. may not be the first place you think of when it comes to art, but for artist Ana Serrano, they're the inspiration for her nearly life-sized cardboard models on display in Houston. Her current installation, Salon of Beauty, at the Rice Gallery is a recreation of elements of South Los Angeles she photographed to build her models.

Los Angeles is sometimes unjustly accused of being a city with no memory, a virtual tabula rasa with no respect for its history.

What a difference a year makes. In Venice, a grim and studio structure of glass block and stucco gets re-scripted. And domesticated. Asking $1.95M.

Designer Tracy Wilkinson has spent two decades in the fashion industry, after studying at the Royal College of Art in London. While she still designs clothes, we've fallen for her pottery.

Last spring we told you all about the incredible Tim Burton exhibit at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The show is a retrospective exploring Burton's work as an artist, illustrator, writer and director and includes more than 700 drawings, paintings, photographs, puppets, concept artworks, costumes, and cinematic ephemera.

As the listing says: "Designed as a modernist Roman Villa for John Kelsey and his family, wrapping around an Impluvium (a pool open to the sky within the house). The formal entrance gallery is a grand Miesian glass box."

Living in this house could inspire a return to jewelled caftans and fondue parties. Best of all, it's open on Sunday, October 23 from 2:00 to 5:00.

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