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17

Matt Shlian

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Matt Shlian refers to his creations as kinetic sculptures and his title as paper engineer. Each piece he creates conveys a transfer of energy and light in the purest form. Matt says he begins with a system of folding and at some point the material takes over for itself. Now that’s truly being one with your art.

 

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Apr
16

Neverending Glory Collection

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A show-stopping line of handblown glass pendants make up Lasvit’s Neverending Glory Collection. You might recognize the silhouettes of iconic chandeliers from five of the world’s most eminent concert halls and theaters – La Scala in Milan, Palais Garnier in Paris, the Metropolitan Opera in New York, the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow, and the Czech Republic’s Estates Theater in Prague.

 

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Apr
15

Bing Wright

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New York photographer Bing Wright’s Broken Mirror/Evening Skies is a series of sunsets captured in shatter mirrors. Intoxicating is the first word that comes to mind, followed by riveting because I can’t top staring at them. The finished photos measure 4 x 6′, the viewing of which I’m sure is both of those things times a thousand.

 

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Apr
11

Happy Weekend

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01/ How to Make Your Cat an Internet Celebrity and achieve financial freedom.
02/ Pizza in the Wild is exactly what you’re expecting.
03/ Vans has teamed up with the ASPCA with some awesome cat and dog covered kicks.
04/ Meet Puk – a super awesome suspended fruit basket.
05/ The Black Dogs Project shows the beauty of the most neglected shelter animals.
06/ Food becomes abstract art in Cut Food.
07/ Sirs Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart take on NYC like tourists.
08/ A cardboard cathedral made from 98 cardboard tubes and 8 steel shipping containers.
09/ Watch what happens when you put 8 million flower petals inside a volcano.
10/ These vertical playgrounds looks like so. much. FUN.

This week on Design Crush:
I made my guest bath a little less blue, a little more light for SWPaintingWeek.com.
Le Creuset’s Matt Collection is incredible.
Jujujust works magic in her fiber art and other creations.
I’m so excited to be opening up a boutique with GREAT.LY next month!
You need to make this Overnight No-Knead Bread this weekend. You’ll thank me later.
Lovely family trees that are perfect for Mother’s Day or any day.
Eight prints: April edition.
What You Are, Be a Good One is a book full of beautifully illustrated quotes.
The wild and wonderful watercolors of Sara Falli.

Apr
11

Sara Falli

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Florence-based artist Sara Falli is doing some seriously crazy stuff with watercolor. Every piece has the ability to make you feel like you’re being sucked into her imaginary world that’s filled with questionable characters, situations, and landscapes.

 

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Apr
10

Whatever You Are, Be a Good One

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You already know of my love for quotes. But wise words are made only better when hand-lettered, in this case by artist Lisa Congdon in the book Whatever You Are, Be a Good One: 100 Inspirational QuotationsInsights, calls to action, and encouragements illuminate every page making this a bright spot on any bookshelf. It would also make a thoughtful gift for anyone going through tough times or reaching an important milestone.

 

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Apr
10

Prints: April Edition

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02A by Georgiana Paraschiv // Fist Bump, Jazz Hands, High Fives by Maidservant of Encouragement // Personalized Number Poster by Evajuliet // Pineapple by Ez Pudewa

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Why the Hell Not by alphonnisine // Hi Five! by tuesday mourning // Heck Yes by Read Between the Lines // Blackberries Pattern by Georgiana Paraschiv

Apr
09

Family Trees

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I’m doing my best to start thinking about Mother’s Day a little earlier than usual this year, my mom’s birthday is a week later and I always feel like I’m caught off guard. I’ve got my eye on these sweet personalized family trees from Evajuliet, you can choose from three to five generations and among 15 designs. (The deadline to order is April 18th.)

 

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Apr
08

jujujust

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I first discovered the work of jujujust a few weeks ago when researching a post about fiber tapestry art. And just WOW. Asheville-based Judit Just creates some of the most wildly beautiful textile pieces I’ve seen. Her handwoven tapestries are some of the best I’ve seen, but my favorite piece may well be the necklace above – so modern and intense!

 

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Apr
04

Happy Weekend

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01/ Project 22 is raising awareness about soldiers suffering from PTSD.
02/ Love this animation explaining how cats communicate feelings with their bodies.
03/ I’ve been waiting for the neckerchief to come back. (Seriously.)
04/ River Giants captures liquid splashes at high speeds.
05/ Secrets, tragedies, and more are inside Thomas Doyle’s dioramas.
06/ City Clips create a skyline while saving your place!
07/WarkaWater towers collects condensation for drinking water.
08/ Metal Cats, you know just metal heads and their adorable feline friends.
09/ Incredible portraiture food art by artist Nadia Luongo.
10/ What happens when undeveloped film is swallowed… and retrieved.

This week on Design Crush:
I’m starting moving prep on my house, beginning with the guest bath.
It was definitely an Insta March – whew!
Check out a dozen ways to decorate eggs + Bing Rewards program.
Get a great backpack and help secondary students in Zambia with be packs.
Make one of my favorite DIYs yet – faux stained glass windows!
Crushing on Howkapow’s spring collection in a big way.
I’d love to add a few of these geo ring holders on my dresser.
Meet my favorite new shoes for spring – Bucketfeet.
If you’re in the love it camp, here’s how to devour cheesecake 10 ways.