Virginia Johnson‘s illustration style is sososo good. It’s bursting with bright colors and playful strokes. And that sweet dachshund just kills me dead with his little red collar!
PS: Virginia currently has a sweet collaboration happening with JCrew.
I’m sort of beside myself with this collaboration between two of my favorites – POKETO and Lisa Congdon! Lisa’s bright, geometric style lends itself perfectly to these linen tea towels that will only get softer with use. Choose from a pyramids or herringbone pattern in two color palettes. (I can’t help but think how fantastic one of these would be wrapped around a summer hostess gift!)
As I was hurrying down the concourse to my gate at LAX last Wednesday, I scurried past a series of Shizu Saldamando‘s framed art. At first glance it looked to be pen on an old bed sheet and much to my delight it was just that! I snapped a few photos (quickly) including one of the artist’s name and looked her up as soon as I got home. 18 With a Bullet isn’t the exact installation I spied, but the same style and feel. So lovely.
I’ve been having a major love affair with surface pattern, and the latest target of my affections is designer Jane Farnham. Jane uses a combination of doodles and computer illustration to create her lively works. Her inspiration comes from nature, old china and fabrics as well as trips to charity shops, antique markets and the local park. Jane’s available for freelance projects or you can pick up a piece in her Society6 shop!
01/ The Dancing Plague of 1518 illustrates famous moves from TV and film.
02/ Historical figures get a 21st century makeover.
03/ One thousand bioluminescent leaves set afloat in Puerto Rico.
04/ Love this kicky (no pun intended!) installation of colorful shoes and legs!
05/ A beautiful lunar eclipse over Hungary.
06/ Kitchen Portraits, the opposite of clean photo-styling.
07/ You know, just a Chesterfield Park Bench.
08/ A functional wooden record.
09/ Know what these concrete arrows in the middle of the desert are for?
10/ Spied this nautical rope installation in Madison Square Park a few weeks back.
01/ The Clip Bag.
02/ Disney’s Sloth Princesses.
03/ You’re Officially Awesome!
04/ The power of reading. Literally.
05/ I never thought I wanted a swimming pool. Until now.
06/ Petheadz – an Instagram series of pets and their owners.
07/ The most minimalist playing cards ever.
08/ Leather suitcase furniture, yup it’s a thing.
09/ Punk Kitty Graffiti – amazing.
10/ Red SOLO cups go fancy!
Miss anything on Design Crush this week?
The Animal Alphabet in Primitive Portraits
Modern Sprout Hydroponic Planter
Color with Confidence: Pantone + Valspar + Lowe’s
Brevity Signature Necklace
What Will You Make Today?
I Heart NYC
01/ La Petit Prince, an imaginary world created for a boy with Muscular Dystrophy.
02/ Warp and Weft, an intricate series of portraits created from thread and nails.
03/ Invisiplug is sort of brilliant.
04/ Talk about space-saving, canvas furniture that hangs on your wall!
05/ Two clouds carrying human figures is suspended above travelers at a station in London.
06/ CMYK halftones recreated by hand.
07/ A recent look at the remains of the New York World’s Fair.
08/ A telephoto lens for your iPad!
09/ Picture our devices and gadgets in 100 years.
10/ Skies created from hundreds of stacked photos.
01/ Message of support for Boston light up New York.
02/ Need ideas on where to go for a first date?
03/ 30 of the most beautiful abandoned places in the world.
04/ The Greatest Band Ever.
05/ Every office should have a Convertible Napping Desk!
06/ Gussy up your MacBook with a wooden keyboard.
07/ Who knew salt could be so beautiful?
08/ Sketch artist experiment shows women are more beautiful than they think.
09/ This tree house is nicer than my house house.
10/ What can happen in the space between buildings.
And in case you missed anything this week…
Mix #24: Still the Water Stood
Fashionably Flexible: Day to Night 3 Ways + Pin Your Style Contest
National Painting Week: Inspiration Realized
Tower Blocks Paper Notes
Yvonne Ellen‘s upcycled homeware collection is lovely, especially the masterpieces that travel across more than one vessel like the whale above. Each piece is scavenged from estate sales and the like, then quirkily illustrated in London so that no two are alike. Such a beautiful display of vintage meets contemporary! (via The City Sage)
There’s something equally fresh and classic about a black, white, and gold color palette. Old English Company‘s modern illustrations are simple, bold, and an easy fit for many styles of decor thanks to designer Ben Treanor’s discerning eye. So tough to choose a favorite!