“West Texas”, Photography by Al Oliver

“This project began when I was cooped up in Chicago. As a native Texan, I missed the big sky of my youth and so set out on the road with no goal other than photographing the expanse of West Texas.

Patterns emerged after a few trips; I began to view the boom and bust cycle of Western and Panhandle Texas as a never-ending loop. Something is built in the middle of nowhere and nature eventually destroys it. Strike oil, build town, create a community, oil bust, destroy a community. Repeat and repeat. Yet people keep going at it.

At the same time, I saw a visual beauty in the space and the objects against the space. Like those who tried to build out there, I am trying to impose a photographic composition onto untameable openness. To little avail but I keep going at it.

These are not pretty pictures. Too many people do that well. For me, honky tonks and train tracks are beauty. I prefer an abandoned car dealership over a beautiful sunset.”

Al Oliver
February 2013

prada-marfa-bw-sunset“Prada Marfa” $1,525.00 framed 26w x 21″h
Screen Shot 2013-02-09 at 4.08.35 PM“Claude Train” $1,525.00 framed 21w x 26″h
Screen Shot 2013-02-09 at 4.09.27 PM“Tulia Grain” $1,525.00 framed 26w x 21″h
Screen Shot 2013-04-18 at 12.14.28 PM“Bellhop” $1,525.00 framed 26w x 21″h

Vintage Morrocan Rugs and Runners



Larusi tribal rugs and textiles was set up by Moroccan native and UK resident Souad Larusi in 2000, initially specializing in the weavings of the Berber tribes of Morocco to bring them to a wider audience and to encourage their use for interior decoration.

Now, more than 10 years later, spurned on by her curiosity for well crafted textiles and weavings and encouraged by loyal clients’ particular needs, she has cast the net wider and built up a collection with an enlarged range of textiles from all over the world.

The recent resurgent interest in tribal weavings, and in particular Berber Beni Ouarain rugs, has seen a large quantity of low grade imitations flooding the market.

From the outset Larusi has sought to offer only weavings of quality and value, that are genuinely old/vintage. The collection at GARDE follows below. All pieces are vintage. Click on any description for more information and for how to purchase.

Beni Ouarain pile rug, 48″ x 69″
Beni Ouarain pile rug, 56″ x 85″
High Atlas pile rug, 38″ x 72″
Loop pile Beni Ouarain; rags sewn from back to front, 51″ x 71″
Vintage Moroccan from Azilal region (NE of Merrakech), 49″ x 87″
Vintage Moroccan from Azilal region (NE of Merrakech), 52″ x 89″
Anatolian Kilim Runner – Turkish, 2.3″ x 9.6″
Anatolian Kilim Runner – Turkish, 2′ x 12.7″

Bemboka luxury blankets and throws



Bemboka’s knitting factory has been producing merchandise of exceptional quality since 1962 and has an established reputation as a luxury brand that has set the standard for sophisticated, understated blankets and throws of superb quality.

Bemboka’s exclusive yarns are of such outstanding quality that all Bemboka products may be machine washed and tumble dried by the consumer.

Click on any image to visit our web shop.

Bemboka angora and merino wool throws are a perfect balance of superb natural fibres, made in New Zealand using superfine Australian merino wool and a rare quality of angora carefully selected because it is almost as fine as cashmere. These angora and fine merino blend blankets and throws are light, luxurious and very warm – they may also be machine washed and tumble dried.



Bemboka cotton blankets and throws combine the finest long-staple cotton processed to a high quality melange yarn. They are wet finished, tumble dried and pre-shrunk in our own production facility. All blankets are hand finished by our own expert seamstresses.



Bemboka’s Director Petr Houf with MilaMila 3

GOLDEN GLOBES fashion sketches



San Francisco based artist and fashion blogger Paula Mangin’s tongue in cheek take on celebrity fashion and style from this year’s Golden Globes. Colored marker on paper, signed by artist. $175 framed (15.5″ h x 13″ w)/$100 unframed (12″ h x 10″w)

We will update availability here on this blog, so check back often. Stop by the shop to see them in person, send us an email or call at 323-424-4667.

Amanda Seyfried
Adele, SOLD
Anne Hathaway
Halle Berry, SOLD
Jennifer Lawrence
Jessica Chastain, framed
Jessica Alba, framed
Jennifer Lopez, SOLD
Jodie Foster, SOLD
Julianne Moore, framed
Kate Hudson, SOLD
Kerry Washington
Kristen Wiig, framed
Lena Dunham, SOLD
Lucy Liu
Rosario Dawson
And your hosts!…Tina Fey and Amy Poehler

Gruppo di Installazione textiles at GARDE



Gruppo di Installazione presents a home textile collection of lambswool blankets and cushions.
Home textiles, handmade..
The collections of Gruppo di Installazione are generated by a research in traditional and folk craft materials with modern and innovative techniques. Materials used today are the same materials used for trousseau and daily wardrobe since the beginning of the last century and are still produced in centuries-old Italian factories.
Gruppo di Installazione creates a domestic ambience by reassuring images of our collective memory.
Recovering our history is the essential ground to search for the new; objects from the past towards the future.
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The Plaid Agugliato II blanket is made of an Italian fabric produced on old looms from the 1950’s. The stripes decoration, which recalls traditional blankets, is made by a modern technique of needle-punch-embroidery, that is a mechanical process of fushion of textile fibers.
$ 650.00 at GARDE

The Plaid Fiore Agigliato blanket has been made with a double-face virgin wool fabric. The flower decoration has been created by a modern needle-punch-embroidery technique.
$ 1.075.00 at GARDE

The Plaid Timbro blanket is part of a project dedicated to the black sheep. The stripes decoration, which recalls traditional blankets is made with Italian black sheep wool using a modern technique of needle-punch-embroidery. Wool from black sheep for a long time was depressed by the market. For Gruppo di Installazione, the black sheep wool is not only beautiful, but full of symbolic meanings.
$ 1,075.00 at GARDE

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The Coperta Italiana blanket is Gruppo di Installazione’s manifesto. “Taranta” is the fabric that Abruzzo sheperds used to make “tabarri”, the cloaks they used to protect themselves from cold and rain.
$1, 075.00 at GARDE

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Photography by Steven Poster, A.S.C.

Steven Poster’s lifelong passion for all things photographic has been the driving force behind the street photography he has been capturing for over forty years. The sense of irony and compassion for humanity creates a curious juxtaposition of observation and statement.

This translates to the objects he might photograph which all have some kind of life in them.

These images were captured on film and printed with archival pigment on Crane Portfolio Rag paper.

Images are framed in black wood and measure 41″ x 32″.

$1,950 each at GARDE.

“Mermaid”, 1997

Devil Woman 1994
“Devil Woman”, 1994

1616 / Arita




Following the tradition of Arita pottery, Teruhiro Yanagihara developed a new series of ceramics using the traditional technique of clay made of crushed stone, though in a different composition. The result is a high-density kind of clay that makes the pottery items extremely strong and heat and stain-resistant, even without glaze. A special agent added to the clay provides the Standard series with a characteristic light grey, mat tone.

Square Bowls, Four sizes. $45 – $125

Rectangular Plate $20 – $75

The series clearly show Yanagihara’s interest in borderless design. Items don’t have predetermined functions but allow different combinations and usages and good stackability among the Standard products. Square plates, for example, can be used as trays and small round plates double as lids. Bowls can be used for both Japanese rice or Western-style morning cereals, while the small cup is made for Italian espresso, it also perfectly serves Japanese sake.

Max Lamb Crockery for 1882 LTD.

Crockery is a family of tableware cast in fine bone china from plaster models carved by Max Lamb. Jug, bowl and mug in fine bone china, made in Staffordshire, England.

London-based Max Lamb was born in Cornwall, England, an upbringing that imbued him with a love of nature and a creative spirit which have manifested in his practice as designer and maker. He graduated from the Royal College of Art, London in 2006, was named Designer of the Future at Design Miami/Basel in 2008 and continues to both produce and exhibit his work internationally.

Lamb is known for creating beautifully crafted pieces that have materials and traditional processes at their core. He looks to design products that stimulate dialogue between maker, product and user through a visual simplicity that effectively communicates the obvious.

‘Crockery’, a collection of fine bone china tableware cast from moulds carved by Lamb, is testament to his maxim to use materials honestly and processes transparently, to give both their own voice rather than impose his aesthetic.

Jug, $115.00

Bowl, $65.00

Mug, $65.00

Vincent Van Duysen Pottery Collection

Vincent Van Duysen’s work is characterized by an interest in reinterpreting classical forms. His rigorous search for order and clarity produces designs which are both contemporary and innovative; but which have the force of perfect inevitability.

Van Duysen’s collection of pots for “When Objects Work” is an exercise in restrained theme and variation. Powerful though each piece is in isolation, the collection is conceived as an entity: an evocation of the shelves of stacked vessels in a potter’s studio. Read as a series, the differences of scale and color create powerful rhythms and modulations expressed in the subtle but intense palette of a northern European sky.

Made in Belgium and available at GARDE.

Ceramic Containers in multiple sizes with 2cm or 3cm white oaks lids; From $165-$250

MAD et LEN Candles


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GARDE loves MAD et LEN candles. Hand-made burned steel black jars filled with hand-poured candle using vegetable wax infused with pure original perfume from the Grasse, France. Potent and wonderfully intense scents.

Figue Noire (Black Fig)
The “fig tree” note is green and fruity, woodsy but also somewhat milky, like sandalwood.

Pavot (Poppy)
This scent is very native; it’s the aroma of the poppy flower, slightly powdery and floral.

Belle Aubepine
From the Hawthorn or Thornapple of the Crataegus species of the Rose Family.

Black Afghan
An incentive to the temporary euphoria…Leather, tar, animal, balsamic, burned-wood. Sweet, tar-like smell.

Erable Sycomore
The sweet wood smell of the Sycamore Tree.

Rustic, sharp, aromatic, fresh-green and woody notes.

Magnolia Grandiflora
Floral bouquet blended with woody sweet accents.

Thé Noir (Black Tea)
The exotic smell of Black Tea

Cire D’encaustique (Beeswax)
The scent of waxed wooden floor the antiquary shop of I’lsle sur la Sorgue.

Chéne Noir (Black Oak)
Woodier with more vanilla and less green and fougere than oak moss. Oak brings a velvety as well as sweet, creamy nuance with a dry fruit and brandy facet.

Féve Du Tonka (Tonka Bean)
Tobacco, smoky, balsamic, coumarin, almond-flavored.

Bois D’Ebene (Ebony)
Aromatic, leather fougere, woody, smoky