Jan
23

Oscar Delmar

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Oscar Delmar certainly knows how to portray feeling alive, I’d say. His watercolor and graphite lips capture seduction series – Sexual Healing – and all that follows in perfectly sexy detail.

 

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Jan
22

Tadao Cern

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In the doldrums of January Tadao Cern‘s Comfort Zone photos make me both laugh and feel warm. I’m really not sure there’s much more you can ask for from art.

These photos are not staged and people did not suspect that they were photographed by me. I chose to capture images of sleeping vacationers because it accurately represents the name of the project ‘Comfort Zone’. It is only about the seaside, sunbathing and holiday somnolence that is free from a world surrounding you. I chose to showcase only the photos with hidden faces not by an accident, but to grant an observer with an opportunity to calmly scrutinize each and every detail without being distracted. It also helps to avoid empathy or connection between people in the photos and the observers. It really does not matter who they are – the details not only reveal their stories, but make us face ourselves as well.

 

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Jan
21

Lana Pelana

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I’m never sure why there isn’t more amazing textile-focused jewelry out there. Marta, the Spanish maker behind Lana Pelana, is fascinated with the possibilities behind embroidery. It takes her several days to finish each hand-stitched piece, the end result a small “crafted amulet” that’s a treasure to wear.

 

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Jan
20

Ilya Shkipin

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Ilya Shkipin has a unique and mildly spooky illustration style, which I’m almost always drawn to. In this case it seems to be the result of exaggerating some characteristics while making a mess (in a good way) of others.

 

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Jan
19

Jennis Li Cheng Tien

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Glowing watercolor paintings… wait, pump the brakes. Jennis Li Cheng Tien‘s Have a Nice Day series is digital. Images found online are transformed into radiant neon works of art with the help of some manipulation. Computers are magic. (See more here.)

 

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Jan
16

Happy Weekend

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01/ Gorgeous silk scarves that were dyed with… bacteria.
02/ Allison Wade has turned bad breakup texts into art.
03/ 2015 New Year’s resolutions illustrated by Linzie Hunter.
04/ Sebastian Errazuriz‘s Times Square installation triggers contagious yawning.
05/ Helen Green drew every hairstyle of David Bowie’s from 1964 to 2014.
06/ Photographer Jeffrey Vanhoutte captured an acrobat dancing in a cloud of powder for an ad.
07/ Twenty-four pieces of life advice from Werner Herzog.
08/ Check out these “invisible” bedroom murals that come to life under ultraviolet light.
09/ Paintings are digitally manipulated in these otherworldy landscapes by Mahmoud Jouini.
10/ Ship your enemies glitter. For real.

This week on Design Crush:
Take our 2015 Reader Survey, then leave your email address to be entered to win a little something.
Dreamy and ethereal mixed works from Oriol Angrill Jordà.
Edgy black and white illustrations by Kaye Blegvad.
So curious about how Gramovox’s Bluetooth Gramophone sounds!
Framing up a few straggling prints with Frambridge‘s amazing online service.
Have you checked out my 365-day project for the year, #365lyrics?
I want to fill my kitchen with Jude Allman’s stoneware pottery.
Moscow Mules 10 ways to help me reach my goal of perfecting this cocktail.

Jan
15

Jude Allman Stoneware Pottery

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When it comes to kitchenwares I’m definitely drawn towards simple yet heavy duty pottery. These hand-thrown food-safe glazed jugs, bowls, and other homewares by Jude Allman all exhibit a modern rustic influence that could fit in nearly any household. I love the clean lines and simple aesthetic that each piece has about it.

 

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Pouring Bowl // Jug // Handthrown Plate // Small White Stoneware Plate

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Jan
13

Kaye Blegvad

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Lately I’ve been very drawn to black and white illustrations with an edge about them. Kaye Blegvad‘s colorless pieces – as well as those with just a hit of hue – make me extremely happy. Kaye splits her time between her native London and Brooklyn, and boasts an impressive client list: The New York Times, Kinfolk Magazine, Rookie, Lucky Magazine, Real Simple Magazine, and BUST Magazine among others.

 

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Jan
12

Oriol Angrill Jordà

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Winter evenings make for the best stargazing in my book, and that’s exactly what Oriol Angrill Jordà‘s Stellarscapes remind me of. Dreamy, ethereal, and slightly magical, only a few of these pieces exist as of now. However, other work by Jordà also plays with the merging of human and nature in Blendscapes.

 

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Jan
10

Happy Weekend

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01/ Graham McGeorge captures owls perfectly camouflaged within trees.
02/ The 12 most popular New Year’s Resolutions turned into posters by Viktor Hertz.
03/ Memo Bank is both piggy bank and memo pad.
04/ Warby Parker’s Make Your Own Annual Report does just that.
05/ A conceptual iTunes redesign by Brye Kobayashi.
06/ Would you dare to use a transparent canoe?
07/ Jurassic Sweet is a series of half-dinosaur, half-treat creatures.
08/ A giant balloon shaped like an old man’s head was flown over Japan.
09/ The Belty is self-adjusting (think Thanksgiving) and nags you about your weight.
10/ A breathtaking snowstorm in the Grand Canyon.

This week on Design Crush:
Eight crush-worthy prints to mix up this month.
So impressed with Makrbox, a Pacific Northwest-filled subscription box.
Beautiful illustrations from Amyisla McCombie.
I teamed up with Target to make my entry winter-ready.
Dark and lovely work from Nina Torr (aka Andy Wyeth).
I’d love to fill my wrists with these painted leather Mixed Doubles bracelets.
Morgana Wallace captures fantastical characters in layers of paper.
Add some color to your space with Mod Pieces.
Work from the mysterious Olivier Umecker.

Design Crush elsewhere:
January is the perfect time to clean out your kitchen linens and invest in some new ones.
It might be cold outside, but your home can be downright tropical indoors.