Nov
25

Akiko Kobayakawa

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Are those seemingly innocent animals with knock-kneed human legs posing provocatively that you spy? Yup, right off the brush of Akiko Kobayakawa. The doe eyes and scuffed knees seem to hinting at something maybe a bit more dark I’m betting.

 

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Nov
21

Happy Weekend

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01/ April Dauscha‘s explorations of lacework and her body are beautiful.
02/ This water-filled chair contains all of the tears cried in a human lifetime.
03/ Exactly how you think famous artists would rearrange Thanksgiving meals.
04/ Tower Bridge in London now features a class floor on its high-level walkways.
05/ Ai WeiWei transforms Alcatraz bathrooms into massive flower installations.
06/ Fifteen photos that will convince you Iceland belongs on another planet.
07/ Iconic Portland statues get the festive yarn bombing treatment.
08/ If only all nail salons could look as good as Missy Lui does.
09/ Would you stay in this KLM airplane Airbnb apartment? (I would.)
10/ Zhenya Aerohockey documents the corners he finds in life through photography.

This week on Design Crush:
Drop what you’re doing and go enter to win a handwoven rug just like the one in my living room!
Here are 12 advent calendars to get you prepped for December 1st.
Checking in on the colorful abstract work of Jeremy Rabus.
Take a peek at part 1 of our holiday card roundups.
Leaf Beast reimagines nature’s drying fall leaves.
Dinosaur Designs’ Atelier collection is so happy and bright!
Carolina Mizrahi‘s underwater photography series is not for those with a fear of H2O.
Twelve more calendars for your 2015!

Design Crush elsewhere:
Talking about colorful clawfoot tubs – are you for or against them?
Graphic black + white rugs are some of my favorite floor coverings.

Nov
20

Carolina Mizrahi

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London-based, Brazilian-born Carolina Mizrahi has been creating some impressive work these past few years. I’m especially enamored with her Underlife photography series that captures models submerged under water, staring back at the camera with distorted and expressionless eyes.

 

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Nov
19

Leaf Beast

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Art is basically blanketing my backyard at this very moment. Baku Maeda attempts to bring dead leaves back to life with Leaf Beast, a series created from dried magnolia leaves that are then minimally cut to resemble various animals.

 

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Nov
18

Jeremy Rabus

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I first discovered the work of Jeremy Rabus back in January 2013, and he recently reached out to share his latest work. Following the progress and evolution of an artist’s career is always an amazing thing, and it’s apparent that Jeremy’s has grown tremendously in the past 22 months. His style has been refined and so has the palette he works within, making me excited for what’s to come from Mr. Rabus.

 

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Nov
14

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01/ Flowers and People, Cannot Be Controlled but Live Together burst into bloom as you approach.
02/ Microscopic photos of vinyl record grooves are completely fascinating.
03/ This crazy colorful street installation in Limerick City, Ireland is No. 27 – A Nod to Ed Ruscha.
04/ The nineteen windmills of Kinderdijk serve a big purpose.
05/ Cats + Humans + Contemporary Dance = Dancing with Cats.
06/ Madison Square Park is getting a gorgeous gold foliage-inspired canopy, Fata Morgana.
07/ 3D printing is helping to create tangible, touchable memories for the visually impaired.
08/ Love Sriracha? Then you definitely need the keychain-ready Sriracha2Go!
09/ Driftwood Dinosaurs aren’t exactly fossils, but they are realistic recreations.
10/ Create your own DIY geometric paper animal sculptures with the help of Paperwolf.

This week on Design Crush:
Enter to win $100 to spend at Lulu & Georgia, and get a sneak peek at part of my kitchen!
Put these 12 November DIYs on your must-make list asap.
The prettiest handmade porcelain pieces from Self Press.
Crushing on the hand-painted pillows from the makers at bunglo.
Lovely papier mache pieces from Rachel Ibarra.
You’re invited to Thanksgiving! (At least in my imagination.)
Tips on making dessert count and my go-t0 recipe for Dense Bittersweet Chocolate Cake.
2015 Calendars: Part 2 is up!
For the love of cats – how do you treat your pets extra special during the holidays?

Design Crush elsewhere:
Ways to make a small bath feel spacious.

Nov
12

Rachel Ibarra

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Rachel Ibarra‘s papier-mâché and canvas vessels radiate color and abstraction all while serving a functional purpose. My favorite design element is the little pointed feet on her bowls, I might just see one holding fruit on my kitchen counter in the near future. Rachel also creates the sweetest brooches – shop her work right here.

 

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Nov
07

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01/ Literal handmade type by Tien-Min Liao exploring the relationship between lower- and uppercase.
02/ Mind-boggling balanced stone sculptures by Michael Grab.
03/ There’s at least one day a week that demands a punching bag keyboard.
04/ The Leeo Smart Alert Nightlight is also a fire alarm, simple and genius.
05/ Nature is beautiful, case in point these turkey tail mushrooms.
06/ Calorie-free (wooden) cakes from David Baerwalde.
07/ I don’t own one yet, but the Yves Béhar designed Jawbone UP3 has me one step closer.
08/ Lucie Libotte incorporates the beauty of dust into ceramics.
09/ Old Masters explores those 80+ in age who reign instead of retire.
10/ Minimal tatttoos lovingly created in exchange for thoughtful acts.

This week on Design Crush:
Eight prints that caught my eye in November.
Try these four tasty hassle-free cocktails, then make sure and enter our giveaway with Vitafrute – $1,000 and another $500 towards a Kitchensurfing experience this holiday season!
Lovely textured paintings from Brenna Giessen.
Waggo has expanded beyond pet accessories and is now Waggo Home!
Bailey Doesn’t Bark’s 2014 fall collection is killer.
Transition too a cool weather carry-all with one of these eight leather totes.
You’ll never guess what Jeffrey Simmons uses to create his colorful art.
‘Tis the season for 2015 calendars, take a peek at part 1 of many to come.

Nov
07

Matthew Stone

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Matthew Stone‘s Unconditional Love series is made up of digitally printed paintings on top of wood panels, mirror, and acrylic. The original lushly colored paintings are created on pieces of glass before being photographed and retouched to remove minor imperfections like dust and hairs. Don’t you just want to reach out and touch them?

 

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Nov
06

Jeffrey Simmons

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If I gave you three chances to guess what medium Jeffrey Simmons uses to create his show-stopping works of art, well, I’m willing to bet you’d get three strikes. Care to venture a guess anyway? All of the gold stars to you if your answer was watercolor. I know! Simmons uses a tabletop-mounted rotating platform to give much of his work the precise perfection required, particularly on the multi-panel pieces.

 

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(via The Jealous Curator)