Dec
22

Pete Cromer

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I’m not usually drawn to bird-related things, but recently there’s been some damn fine bird art making its way around my little world. The latest are these bright and happy Australian bird print illustrations by Pete Cromer. You can even make them your own in his shop.

 

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Dec
19

Happy Weekend

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01/ Processed Views creates crazy colorful landscapes using junk food.
02/ stunningly beautiful photographs of the mass migration of animals.
03/ The big guy in red, aka Santa, got a makeover from the designers at Joint London.
04/ Strap on a Circlet Bracelet and turn your arm into a touchscreen device!
05/ People of the Twenty-First Century highlights covertly captured street style over 20 years.
06/ The Fairy Post Office is hidden inside a tree in an Orinda, California park.
07/ Marija Puipaite shapes stools using her own legs.
08/ How chic is this carrara marble Ovo speaker?
09/ Honey, I’m Home is such a smart, symbolic concept for a key holder.
10/ The Twelve Beards of Christmas is pretty magical.

This week on Design Crush:
I’m daydreaming about escaping for a holiday getaway to one of these Cabins.
Good news – you’re invited to Christmas Brunch!
Lovely, ethereal collage work by Beth Hoeckel.
I created a fast and fun holiday candy buffet for holiday visitors!
The last of our four part holiday card coverage.
Gorgeous dhurrie rugs from OYYO (and a great lookbook, too).
Twelve more 2015 calendars to get you thinking about the new year.
Geometric wood art by Alex Morrison.
The tastiest breakfast comfort food – cinnamon rolls 10 ways.
Download these 22 holiday printables!

Design Crush elsewhere:
Make your winter home merry and bright with yellow decor.

Dec
18

Alex Morrison

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Alex Morrison creates beautiful geometric wood assemblages that I want to study closely and intently. Like if they were in a museum I’d probably be asked to leave closely and intently. I’m fascinated by the precision and detail that goes into making one of these plain, but not so simple pieces.

 

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Dec
17

OYYO

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OYYO makes some amazing dhurries, handwoven by a community of craftspeople in India and each made of 100% organic cotton and vivid vegetable dyes derived from local plants. They also put together a beautiful lookbook that makes me want their rugs on my floors that much more, even if I don’t live near sand.

 

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Dec
16

Beth Hoeckel

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There is collage art, and then there is collage art. The latter uses different pieces of other stories to pull together their own version, and artist Beth Hoeckel resides firmly in that camp. I’m especially enamored with her Point of View series that’s rooted in outer space or on the moon itself. Retro and dreamy it all but takes you back to the space race!

 

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Dec
15

Cabins

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This time of year it’s difficult not to daydream of running off to some distant locale where holiday stresses cease to exist. Cabins is full of modern architectural illustrations by Marie-Laure Cruschi and is making it all the more difficult to be present these last few weeks of the year. Wouldn’t you love to escape to one of these beauties for the holidays?

 

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Dec
12

Happy Weekend

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01/ Symmetry for Breakfast is exactly what you’d expect.
02/ A lake in the High Tatras Mountains of Slovakia froze crystal clear.
03/ Frameworks One is a backlit picture frame that lets any photo on your phone become artwork.
04/ The Garden Bridge is a proposed elevated walkway park that would cross the River Thames.
05/ On the Wings of Freedom features hundreds of interactive butterflies controlled by smartphone.
06/ A fabric-like, moveable, 4D printed dress made with Kinematics.
07/ No fireplace, no problem. Choose from one of many digital designs on Yule Log 2.0.
08/ The world’s first glow-in-the-dark bike path is inspired by Van Gogh’s Starry Night.
09/ The world is full of Boring/Useless Superheroes.
10/ Chateau de Rentilly is a French country house re-clad with polished mirror surfaces.

This week on Design Crush:
You have until Sunday evening to enter our 24 Merry Days giveaway – win $300 to spend at Anthropologie!
Deck the tree with these 20 favorite ornaments.
Beautiful ceramics from Suite One Studio.
Check out 12 December DIYs that would also make amazing gifts.
Bright and hazy paintings by Leon Berkowitz.
Bake up these 25 cookie swap recipes for the holidays… or a Saturday.
Sent off your holiday cards yet? I’ve received a whopping five.
Crushing on these unconventional paintings by Liz Markus.
Take a peek at 20 holiday DIYs with some modern flair.
Only a few weeks left in 2014 – can you believe it?! Get ready for the new year with a 2015 calendar.
Lovely abstract photographs of Kim Keever‘s paint and water experiments.

Design Crush elsewhere:
Jojotastic and I did a sweet little gift exchange with Giftabl!
I shared my holiday wish list on Design is Mine.

Dec
12

Kim Keever

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Kim Keever creates art that I’m insanely jealous of. The New York-based artist dilutes paint pigments in a 200-gallon aquarium and then photographs the intermingling results. Alien landscapes, gardens, fabric blowing in the breeze – I can see it all. These abstract creations are my latest happy place.

 

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Dec
11

Liz Markus

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Brooklyn-based artist Liz Markus creates some pretty spectacular work using an incredibly unpredictable painting technique. Markus lays down acrylic washes onto unprimed canvas, which then spreads as it dries. So she more or less has only a rough idea what each piece will look like once she steps away. Talk about trusting in your medium and loving the unpredictable!

 

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Dec
10

Leon Berkowitz

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It’s not often I write about artists who are no longer creating, but Leon Berkowitz has been gone since 1987. He’s known for filling his canvases with fields of vibrant color, most often inspired by the landscapes of his travels. What attracted me to them is how similar they feel to aura photographs.

 

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