Clare Elsaesser

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I’m completely enamored with paintings of women lately, the more mysterious the better. Enter Clare Elsaesser and her beautiful ladies. Clare’s original paintings as well as giclée prints are available in her Etsy shop, each one just as full of expressive and textured brushstrokes as the last.


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Jenny Andrews Anderson

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You should know by now that if you work with a palette that draws my attention you’ve already won half the battle. Jenny Andrews Anderson is no exception to that statement with colors that make me want to dive right into her perfectly balanced abstracts. I love that each one seems to have one unexpected element – a line through the center or a swipe of unexpected color.


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Yelena Bryksenkova

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I’ve fallen fast in love with Yelena Bryksenkova‘s watercolor and gouache paintings. Her reading ladies just look so relaxed and cozy that I’d love to crawl right in next to them and see what’s so interesting on those pages. Not to mention CATS! and DANCE PARTIES! Yelena has both original pieces and plenty of prints available in her shop, so you should probably head over before I buy her out. (You think I’m kidding?)


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Naomi Ernest

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Astrology and horoscopes have always been fascinating to me, and by extent gemology. Naomi Ernest‘s birthstone series partners the structure of rigid, structural ink lines with freeform, organic watercolor. I love the juxtaposition. Each month’s birthstone is available in several sizes of prints here.

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01/ A mirrored teacup that reflects its patterned saucer perfectly.
02/ This Shanghai speakeasy is only accessible through a vintage Coke machine!
03/ Zsanett Szirmay converts folk embroidery patterns into paper scores for music boxes.
04/ Tattly Does Good by by connecting artists with not-for-profit organizations.
05/ The Runbell helps runners clear a path on the go.
06/ Invisible Boyfriend can help you fake a rebound relationship.
07/ No Vacancy captures abandoned hotels from around the world.
08/ What’s painting with drones like exactly?
09/ A collection of glamorous pin-ups of your favorite television characters.
10/ Uttaporn Nimmalaikaew creates holographic portraits painted on layers of fabric and netting.

This week on Design Crush:
We fell short last week and had to push links to Happy Monday!
High contrast, flash-heavy photography from Benoit Paille.
Well constructed leather goods to corral your technology from This Is Ground.
Beautiful firework-like flower arrangements from Sarah Illenberger.
Flat-out obsessed with the terra cotta cookware from TERRA.COTTO.
Laurel Canyon Dreaming captures the best side of natural specimens for your walls.
Check out these 24 Valentine’s Day gifts, projects + recipes!
The evolution of a snowy, evolving town from the brush of Lars Daniel Rehn.

Design Crush elsewhere:
The most show-stopping lighting types for your bathroom.


Lars Daniel Rehn

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Lars Daniel Rehn‘s paintings of a growing village are so, so good. Each one reveals different developments – building roads, fighting illnesses, even being chased by birds of prey. A few of the pieces can’t be seen unless under a UV light, which Rehn uses in his studio. The only constant is a ground covered in snow.


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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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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:
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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.


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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Olivier Umecker

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I can’t find a lot of backstory or bio for artist Olivier Umecker, but I think sometimes that’s best.

I know he’s French. I know he has a great eye for spatial placement. And I know his taste in color palettes is balanced and interesting.

That should do for now.


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