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01/ Buddhist-inspired collages that are constructed from old computer parts.
02/ This giant mural is made from 1,700 color organized product packages.
03/ An artist who paints with different colors of ICE CREAM!
04/ Is Sochi a ghost town less than a year post-Olympics?
05/ Dita Pepe imagines how her life would be with dozens of male partners.
06/ Huge log piles turn into art with a little creative stacking.
07/ Turns out clouds are just as beautiful to look at from space as Earth.
08/ Only the most delicious billboard ever – it’s made of cake!
09/ This photographer captures dads at One Direction concerts. Hilarious.
10/ A flower pot that can be rolled to follow the sun.

This week on Design Crush:
Hoyz Rings are inspired by Jewish wedding rings.
Pretty colorful and graphic scarves for fall from No Ocean.
Take a peek at 10 September DIYs I can’t stop thinking about.
One spoon a day for a year, it’s happening in Daily Spoon!

Design Crush elsewhere:
Neutral in the Room, Color on the Floor


Daily Spoon

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Since starting the year off with my own 365 day project this year – 365 Quotes – I’ve become even more fascinated with the creativity and dedication involved with such an undertaking. While mine is about as simple as you can get, some projects go above and beyond with things that take hours out of every day.

Through Daily Spoon, Stian Korntved Ruud has been making a different spoon every day for the past year with the goal of exploring the organic qualities of wood and the addition of function through design.

By repeating the production of a spoon every day for a longer period of time (365 days), the goal is to challenge and explore a spoons aesthetic and functional qualities. I make all the spoons in a traditional way with only hand tools. The point of this is to actively cooperate with the material, in this case wood. In a modern industrial production the machines overwrites the wooden structures and natural growth pattern. When using manual hand tools my hand collaborates with the wood structure during the forming process. This underpins all the spoons unique qualities.”

If you’d like to follow along on Stian’s journey, follow him on Instagram.


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Click on each image to go to the project.
All photos copyright of their respective sites unless otherwise noted.


No Ocean

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I’m either in the process of growing my hair out or  just too lazy to make an appointment with my stylist. It’s still up in the air. Most days I end up wearing sort of topknot to A. avoid using the hairdryer, B. keep my mop out of my face, and C. that lazy thing again. I’m a firm believer that the topknot can be a legit style if done right, so that’s what I’m out to do. Luckily there are these beautiful scarves from No Ocean that look great as a hair accessory and can be worn any number of ways . The patterns and colors feel spot on for fall, so it’s just a matter of choosing your favorite. (Now someone please teach me to tie one this well!)


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Hoyz Rings

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The move to the new Design Crush HQ is officially over and I’m beyond happy to be back to some sort of schedule amidst all of the hours of unpacking! This week might me slightly slower than usual with one post a day intend of our usual two, and I thank you for your patience again and again.

Hoyz means “house” in Yiddish and this line – Hoyz Rings by Chloe Lee Carson – is heavily inspired by Jewish wedding rings that featured these architectural symbols. The tiny palaces, castles, and temples are available in a range of finishes and can almost feel like a little getaway full of deeper meaning when you look down at your hand.


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Pet Accessories from Shinola

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Joanna Hawley created Jojotastic as a place to spotlight everything from runway-fresh fashion to home interiors. Fellow animal hoarder and blogger, Joanna spends her spare time indulging in wanderlust, climbing rocks, and questing for the perfect apple pie.

Hailing from Detroit, Shinola is a long-time favorite for beautifully crafted leathergoods and watches. Recently, they partnered with photographer and animal-lover Bruce Weber on a collection of pet accessories. Like the rest of their pieces, the pet accessories are hand-made in America and made vegetable-tanned leather with brass hardware. Shinola also hopes to raise awareness with this collection for all rescue organizations, including the Michigan Humane Society and Best Friends.

Long-time golden retriever lover Bruce Weber also lent his photographic eye to the project. His strong belief that pets add meaning to our lives truly comes through in the photos, don’t you think?


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Arpana Rayamajhi

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Shayna from Pattern Pulp here and I’m excited to do a guest post for Design Crush, as this is something I’ve been secretly coveting for a while and it’s time I shared it with the internet. Ladies and gents, meet Arpana Rayamajhi. Arpana’s both a friend and an extremely warm and talented artist from Kathmandu, Nepal, living in New York City.

She and I met a few years back through my husband, his brother, and her boyfriend, and I’ve been following her creative career ever since. When she first moved to the states, I was completely intrigued and smitten with her vibrant geometric motif paintings that found their way onto canvases and walls when she would visit Nepal on family visits home.

As her art education has evolved (she’s currently a student at Cooper Union), so has her style. Always infused with bold color and her cultural roots, these recent jewelry creations are part of a beautiful growing collection. Each piece is unique, handmade and one of a kind. To learn more and purchase a thing or two, visit her etsy shop.


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This Girl

I’m absolutely thrilled for Kelly and her gorgeous new home. Congrats! Ample spaces means room for visitors, right?!

While Kelly is busy settling in, I thought I’d do a special edition of This Girl for Design Crush. This Girl is a series I do on my blog, The House that Lars Built, and I had to try my hand at creating one for someone else. Welcome to This Girl!


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Color Crush: Grapefruit + Gray

Hola, Amigos! Jessie Pepper here.

I’m the kind of gal who goes weak in the knees for a perfectly paired color combo… Something tells me you Design Crushers can relate?


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Sweet slices of citrus go swimmingly with the soft shade that falls somewhere between dark and light. A swoon-worthy set that instantly brightens up everything from fall fashion to furniture to fabulous feathers.

Happy to lend this stunning scheme while dear Kelly is off getting settled in her new place, and to see more of my Color Crushes you’re welcome to visit me over on Style & Pepper anytime!

Chloe Pre-Fall ’14 // Capital Club // birds // desert dinner party // berries // cocktail // cockatoo // clutch & heels // candied zest // breakfast nook // glitter


Tommy Perez

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Hi Everyone! I’m Billy from Wit & Vinegar and I’m helping out with a post while Kelly moves/buys a house. If it were me in that situation we’d play a game called how many margaritas can we drink before we stop packing boxes and cry uncontrollably in a corner.

Since I kind of dabble in food over on my site I thought I’d have some sort of food involvement in what I brought over here. It’s an Instagram account that I’ve been obsessed with ever since Kelly posted about it in a roundup a while back. I figured we could showcase the goodness!

Tommy Perez works with food, paper, and type to make all sorts of magic that he posts on Instagram and every time it happens I freak out a little bit and double tap as fast as I can.

Go check him out and follow. You won’t regret it!


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