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By Beachbungalow8 @beachbungalow8
Tortoise General Store Last week I stopped into Tortoise General Store on Abbott Kinney in Venice Beach. This little altelier is owned by Keiko Shinomoto and her, furniture designer husband, Takuhiro.  Although it's based in traditional Japanese design, it's incredibly chic and modern. I could have stayed in there for hours. Filled with beautiful, simple + functional designs; it's such a showcase of what really, good design should be.
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Maybe it's because I have 'no kitchen' [ a galley kitchen with minimal storage ] that I'm always drawn to things that work with such effeciency while maintaining a strong industrial design integrity.
These mugs are incredible to hold. The river rock handles are smooth to grip and I love the juxtaposition against the glassy porcelein. 
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Lyle, Lyle Crocodile mugs. They had a few other animal mug shots but this was my favorite......
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This bag was made of something plastic-ey. woven, so it was strong. Sort of like a bag you'd buy potatoes in. 
I was too distracted and forgot to read the description as to what it was in its former life. But it's awesome and would make for a great gift bag for a plant, a place to keep your gardening tools, or a shoe keeper for outside of your door [ if you're one of those, 'shoes off ' households causing your guests to ask, 'why' ]
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This one? genius. I have the ugly, plastic filter that sits on top of a mug for a one cupper. But it really doesn't work 100%. This is perfect for a 2 cup morning brew. And it's so pretty. Tortoise General Store Tortoise General Store
TGS recently opened the back house of the building [ which I would move into. now. ] it, too, is filled with great textiles and this fantastic table and benches. [ again, with the smooth polished against the roughhewn ] Tortoise General Store 
Light weight, gauzy scarves would be the perfect wrap on a Spring evening by the beach.
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These bottle openers might win the prize for best design. Aren't these beautiful? little functional sculptures.
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there's no lack of humorous, pretty gifts, tucked away on shelves. Tortoise General Store I walked out with several of these, Tenugui cloths : Tortoise General Store
The cotton pieces  can be cut into napkins or left as is, and used as dishtowels. Within about 3 washes they become as soft as flannel.  The challenge is figuring out which pattern to choose.
I left with a Greek Key pattern [ which I'm using as napkins ] and the navy polka dot seen below.
Tortoise General Store Tortoise General Store 208 Abbot Kinney Blvd. Venice, CA 90291 (MAP)
TEL & FAX: 310-314-8448
Noon-6pm Sunday
11:30am-6:30pm Tuesday to Saturday
Closed on Monday

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