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31

Brendan Austin

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Nothing to see here folks, just some exceptional mountain photography. Or is it? Artist Brendan Austin actually creates these rugged looking landscapes with crumpled paper. CRUMPLED PAPER. The images start with existing photography snapped by Austin on various trips, then through a whirlwind of folds, shadows, textures, reworking, and rephotographing Paper Mountains are born.

 

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Jul
25

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01/ A giant Ophelia painted atop a boat floats down the River Lee in East London.
02/ Tom Blachford‘s tranquil photos of the ocean are the next best thing to being there.
03/ Time is Dancing is a clock has hands that are read as different ballet poses.
04/ Lightovo’s Milo Lamp also acts as a greenhouse!
05/ Exobiotanica sent a series of delicate plants into the stratosphere.
06/ Anatomical undies… because why not?
07/ Check out Wink Space, an immersive kaleidoscopic mirror tunnel in a shipping container.
08/ I Love Summer is a series of high-speed photos of people emerging from a waterslide.
09/ The Tree of 40 Fruits does exist! (But this is Photoshopped.)
10/ Undress Me is the sequel to the smash video First Kiss. You can guess what happens.

This week on Design Crush:
Erik Olson seems to have located the intersection between cubism and expressionism.
Marble and copper statement necklaces from RillRill.
Folksy, story-telling illustrations from the hand of Sarah Burwash.
Now that my OKC home has sold I’ve got new home essentials on my mind!
Jaclyn Conley paints some mean hair art (in a good way).
I gathered up some fun cards to send to loved ones as summertime hellos.
Lovely whimsical illustrations from Lizzy Stewart.
A bevy of awesome socially + environmentally conscious design is available at Grain.
I’m crazy about these countour key rings that could double as jewelry.

Design Crush elsewhere:
Patio party tips and picks for the ultimate outdoor get together over on Wayfair.

Jul
18

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01/ See families lying in a week’s worth of their own garbage in 7 Days of Garbage.
02/ The Foodnited States of America.
03/ The Crystalline Series by Niche Modern have beautiful colors and shapes.
04/ This watch – DURR – shivers every five minutes to investigate the subjective nature of time.
05/ Completely brilliant – Motion Silhouette is an interactive shadow picture book.
06/ Can you believe these scenes by Bovey Lee were hand-cut from rice paper?!
07/ Head in the Clouds illustrates one hour’s worth of trash in NYC. Incredible.
08/ Ever wondered what’s inside fireworks? Check out Boom City.
09/ Photography, digital effects, and models combine for a glimpse In Utero.
10/ So glad Yumi Okita‘s textile moths aren’t real.

This week on Design Crush:
Have a listen to this month’s Mixtape #38: Just Trying to Be Where I End Up.
Make sure and enter our Loom Decor giveaway for a chance to win!
Love these gold-kissed art from Au Prints.
Beautiful textiles with a great premise from JOYN.
Super limited edition (but affordable) jewelry from fortune.
We pulled together 12 July DIYs – our favorites!
Blurry, washed out watercolor portraits by François-Henri Galland.
A little bit in love with the color palette of The Mercantile Collection!
Pretty leather pouches and bags by Georgie Cummings.

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A bathroom floor refresh.

Jul
11

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01/ A Russian woman used 30,000+ bottle caps to decorate the exterior of her house.
02/ My stepdad is an orthotist, so these incredible 3D printed orthosis hit close to home.
03/ No lie, I actually dreamt about the Drop Chair last night!
04/ Summer is here full-force in the south, and I think it calls for these wearable ice cubes.
05/ You know, just your average cow trained like a horse. No biggie.
06/ A haunting look inside some of America’s abandoned shopping malls.
07/ Check out Bottled Food and see just how gross processed food really is.
08/ Art students transformed this electrical tower into a stained glass lighthouse.
09/ Love the Water Pitcher Blocka simple glass water carafe with a rounded, block-like design.
10/ Calling all Game of Thrones fans! The Wines of Westeros have you name all over them.

This week on Design Crush:
Take a look at our picks for Prints: July Edition.
We covered five summer staples with a bevy of recipes – ice cream, lemonade, popsicles, potato salad, and ice cream sandwiches.
We also revealed BRIKA’s eight exclusive summer necklaces and are giving away one of the Pamela Necklaces on Instagram!
Crazy awesome folded textile and paper limited edition necklaces from Rebecca Roke.
Loving these beautiful watercolor planets by Stella Maria Baer.

Also, check out Design Crush’s curated collection on UGallery and their incredible variety of art!

Jul
03

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01/ Twenties is a tongue-in-cheek look at that magical decade of life.
02/ Sheer scarves printed with satellite imagery of cities by night.
03/ Pretty pressed glass knobs from Tom Dixon.
04/ The Pocket Art Director just made shopping for your designer friends that much easier.
05/ This abandoned Bangkok shopping mall hides a fishy secret!
06/ I’m 34 and I want one of these modern Miniio dollhouses.
07/ Painted typography created from manipulated paint splatters. WOW.
08/ Would you take on this dangerously fun cliffside Slip ‘n Slide?!
09/ Swing on your lawn with the Field Hammock!
10/ This dad created letters of food to teach his daughter the alphabet.

This week on Design Crush:
The mind-blowing paintings of Koen van den Broek.
The personal story behind the fresh ink of my latest two tattoos.
Screen prints layered over color washes from Vivian & Beverly Studio.
Eight canine collars for your partner in crime.
The beautiful, sometimes creepy art of Miss Take.
Another personal bit about how I (kind of) quite sugar (because I had to).
Pastel on vellum has never looked so good thanks to Cathy Daley.

Jun
25

Food by Color

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The type A organized side of me is quite excited by this editorial photo series entitled Food by Color by Funkytime. Yellow, red, orange, pink, and green foods were organized by color and photographed against a white backdrop, graphics were then added post-production in Photoshop. The entire series is just so pleasant, they’d make great prints for a kitchen don’t you think?

 

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Jun
20

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01/ Nineteen breathtaking patterns found on Earth’s surface.
02/ What I wouldn’t give for a closetful of these minimal triangle hangers!
03/ Loving these gold foiled invitations that avoid feeling overly precious.
04/ Twelve lessons on climate change architects can learn from New Orleans.
05/ Here’s that BBQ-inspired typeface you didn’t know you needed.
06/ The stunning, unexpected colors of Antarctica and its penguins.
07/ I love a good multitasking credenza!
08/ Legendary fairytale princesses have gone wild in these mug shots.
09/ Tips on bouncing back from design and DIY failures, because we’ve all been there.
10/ Are flavored ice cubes the new popsicle – same idea, different form? (And good in cocktails!)

This week on Design Crush:
This month’s music is here! Listen to Mixtape #37: In the Blackness of Magic.
Butts have never looked as good as they do in the paintings of Helena Wurzel.
An uncensored moving update on my slooow relocation to Pittsburgh.
Beautiful ceramics from Caroline Gomez for your home.
Notepads are my favorite.
Rikka Sormunen‘s super flat illustrations are so, so good.
Check out these 12 June DIYs to get your creative on.
Join me (and my pup Bebe!) for #Destination Summer’s Oklahoma City stop!
Then check out the simple summer picnic bites I put together for a little backyard get together.

Jun
10

Melissa Zexter

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I’ve featured plenty of embroidered art, over the past year especially, but the work of Melissa Zexter just feels different. For starters, she’s a photographer by trade using her hand-sewn embroidery technique to enhance not distract. Digging deeper, Zexter combines the slow, meditative sewing process with the more immediate development of film to explore identity and femininity. And then it comes together in one fell swoop and we’re left staring in amazement.

 

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Jun
06

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01/ Love this complicated photoshoot done underwater on a shipwreck in Bali!
02/ This piece on Dogs of War is incredible.
03/ I’m all about Emily Henderson’s cat rescue makeover that she shared this week.
04/ Jim Bachor took the problem of potholes into his own hands.
05/ I like that this DIY modern pet bowl stand can be height customizable.
06/ A room made out of chocolate where you can, YES, lick the walls!
07/ Beautiful product upcycling from Kurasuhito Kurasutokoro and Yusuke Komatsu.
08/ Coca-Cola has created a modular system to reuse their plastic bottles. (It’s about time.)
09/ This is fascinating, people from around the world posing with their daily food intake.
10/ The Pastello Draw Act looks like a dream with its crazy crayons!

This week on Design Crush:
Beautiful experiments with dye and the sea by Arnaud Lajeunie.
I finally upgraded to a chair fit for a boss lady!
Andy Boot gives rhythmic gymnastic ribbons a second chance at life.
Area has flat out nailed simple but quality textiles for the home.
This cut paper alphabet from Tony Ziebetzki is so good.
A traditional game is reimagined with Pieces N Play Domino.
Big Happy Family is helping me stay organized as I dash out the door.
Whimsy Milieu is creating pieces that make every day a happy one.
Show you’re passionate about the creamy treat with pudding 10 ways.

May
30

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01/ A monk who prayed 1,000+ times a day for 20 years has left his footprints behind.
02/ Donut Doubles partners delicious donuts with people who look just like them.
03/ A great collaboration between Edward Granger and Bend for the Lucy Chair.
04/ Fordite, not really a rock at all.
05/ Think you’d feel disoriented inside the Glass Labyrinth?
06/ The Hipster Logo Design Guide left me guffawing.
07/ If you’re in Philly you might want to swing by psychylustro.
08/Several hundred birdhouses make up Spontaneous City in the Tree of Heaven.
09/ Check out Tilt, an extension from the side of Chicago’s John Hancock Center’s 94th floor!
10/ Three generations of women model the same outfit in Mutters Schuhe (Mother’s Shoes).

This week on Design Crush:
I took Monday off to celebrate Memorial Day.
If you’re still waiting for warm weather in your parts, Summertime might help!
Vertty is a super cool beach towel that you’ll want under you all season long.
I spent some time last week organizing the past and my photo collection.
Wouldn’t you love a little corner full of hanging planters?
The heavy-handed paintings of Calvin Ross Carl.
The weekender is a summer essential, here are eleven to love.
It’s the last weekday of the month – check out my Insta May!