Apr
22

Hella Jongerius

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I have so much respect for artists who straddle the traditional and contemporary worlds, and Hella Jongerius has been super successful at it. She seamlessly fuses industry and craft while tossing in a cheeky nod to whimsy, like in this collaboration with Nymphenburg.

 

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Mar
31

Valentin Dommanget

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Just what happens when real world and virtual influences collide? In the hands of 25-year-old Valentin Dommanget it’s a series of marbled canvases that get stretched and torqued to mimic what look like Photoshop effects. (I’ll take ten.)

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Mar
19

Marianne Nielson

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You know of my penchant for hair art, so I’m clearly loving Marianne Nielson‘s glazed stoneware take on it. Hairstyle equals personality, and Nielson captures just how fun and ridiculous those universal choices can sometimes be in her Hair 2008 and Hair 2009 series.

 

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Mar
06

ReCheng Tsang

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ReCheng Tsang creates these incredible site-specific installations and sculptures from hundreds (sometimes thousands) of thin porcelain pieces. Each piece is manipulated any number of ways by hand before being added to the predetermined gridded structure. Some works appear to be in motion while others seem so delicate they might crumble at any moment.

 

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Feb
28

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01/ Beautiful linear geometric tattoos by Chaim Machlev.
02/ Leave it to Sweden to create a playground and maze entirely of snow and ice.
03/ Sign me up for these punctureless push pins.
04/ Because isn’t this to-do list exactly how you classify things in your head?
05/ Alexis Arnold turns books and more into crystalized sculptures.
06/ I love these pocket knives from Farm & Field Lockback!
07/ What might cities look like if sea levels rose dramatically?
08/ Jackson, Wyoming will soon be home to one of the world’s first vertical farms.
09/ Ever read about the basics of numerology?
10/ If you saw a USB drive in a random wall would you plug in?

This week on Design Crush:
A little Art Before Breakfast can go a long way.
St. Eloy‘s jewelry line is now on my wish list.
I never would have guessed Sarah Symes‘ creations were made of textiles!
Pretty marbled stationery from The Adventures Of.
Jenny Andrews Anderson has mastered the art of color.
My 5 favorite food blogs of the moment.
I shared 4 ways to give a traditional space a modern touch.
Loving Clare Elsaesser‘s mysterious painted women.
Beautiful collage work from Rocio Montoya.

Feb
20

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01/ Five friends got together and built Icehenge in Lake Mills Wisconsin.
02/ White balloons erupt from houses, basketball hoops, and more in Invasions.
03/ See what a cup of tea looks like in 22 different countries.
04/ Rebecca Bartoshesky turns Jell-o into modern art.
05/ Glowing terracotta warrior lantern sculptures are on display in Sydney for Chinese New Year.
06/ Winter winds have carved frozen sand towers on the shore of Lake Michigan.
07/ Lifelike galvanized wire animal sculptures by Kendra Haste.
08/ Beautiful mosaics made from painted ceramic plates by Molly Hatch.
09/ Joy Pitts turns unwanted clothing labels in to beautiful animal portraits.
10/ I now want to adopt a capybara even more since finding out they enjoy hot tub soaks.

This week on Design Crush:
Big + bold statement art and why it works so well in nearly every room.
Pretty snowy script street art by Faust New York.
I’m an adult! I got a new Casper mattress!
Check out these 12 February DIYs you’ll want to make ASAP.
Stunning textile art by Serena Garcia Dalla Venezia.
Great leather bags meet art at Epoché.
Cheuk Lun Lo turns shampooed heads into abstract art.
Stay warm with hot chocolate 12 ways.
Who knew that flowers look just as great frozen in ice as in a vase? Makoto Azuma.

Design Crush elsewhere:
Sometimes pattern-free is just the way to be!

Feb
20

Makoto Azuma

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As I type this I have flowers in four different rooms of my home, and it’s not even spring! A few years ago I started to notice how much better my mood was with a few blooms around, so I began making a point to pick some up every week or two. Who knew that they’d look just as good encased in ice as in a vase? Makoto Azuma‘s latest botanical adventure – Ice Flowers – exhibits the life cycles of flowers, from vibrancy to decay as each ice block melts away.

 

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Feb
13

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01/ See how women’s ideal body types have changed over 3,000 years.
02/ Artists + designers have added happiness to the walls of the Royal London Children’s Hospital.
03/ Keith Anderson has been having his son’s drawings tattooed on himself for 7 years.
04/ Andrew Fladeboe captures the hardest working dogs in the world on film in The Shephard’s Realm.
05/ Mini Cities pare down famous locales to their most iconic settings.
06/ Could the Popcorn Monsoon make even me like popcorn?
07/ Wish I’d thought of this one – famous artworks recreated with Pantone swatches by Nick Smith.
08/ Love these coffee stain motorcycle drawings by Carter Asmann.
09/ Can a drone ambulance save lives faster?
10/ I’ve finally found where I’ll be retiring – Zao Fox Village!

This week on Design Crush:
Every desk could use the presence of The Tipsy Writer.
I’m taking part in Texas Style Council 2015 next month in Austin – join me?
Patrik Svensson associates the famous with a telling visual element in their name.
Have you downloaded our Much Love to You printable by Colore’ Grace?
Richard Johnson‘s ice hut photographs manage to make the cold look good!
Check out Design Crush’s 2015 Survey results, if you’re a stats nerd like me.
I’m reminded of how much I love the moon thanks to Jim Nickelson.
Anxious to try these pretty products from Vice & Velvet.
If you’ve waited until the last possible minute, here are 16 last minute printable valentines to download.

Feb
06

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01/ Text is given the 3D treatment in Textscapes.
02/ German street artist 1010 creates portal-like art illusions.
03/ An otter house in Japan that has a roundabout!
04/ Luke Jerram placed pianos in outdoor spaces to encourage conversation and interaction.
05/ Justin Poulson hands out his portfolio on thumb drives shaped like actual thumbs.
06/ Thirteen tons of candy were laid on a Chinese street to raise awareness of underprivileged children.
07/ Fascinating photography of New York City’s abandoned and bedraggled spaces.
08/ Beat the winter blues with a room-sized ball pit for adults!
09/ A tiny Grand Budapest Hotel… for birds.
10/ A tunnel that appears like a kaleidoscope when you walk through it from only one direction.

This week on Design Crush:
Take a peek at Print Edition: February to see what art I’d rearrange my walls for.
Alt Winter 2015 was the sixth time I’ve attended and spoken at this blogger conference!
I’m crazy obsessed with the birthstone art of Naomi Ernest.
Here are 14 (more) valentines to get you set up for next Saturday’s lovefest.
I wish the State Plates Project would overhaul every license plate FOR REAL.
You can listen to all of the songs I included last month on the #365lyrics: January playlist!
One dozen ideas for breakfast in bed + after dinner dessert for next weekend (or whenever).
Maybe these Plant Talkers plant labels can put my green ones’ needs into words for me.
Crushing all over the paintings of Yelena Bryksenkova. Sigh.

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I’ve added lots of new things to The Marketplace, including lots of things that might make the perfect Valentine’s Day gift.
A beautiful sink is my favorite focal point of any kitchen.

Jan
15

Jude Allman Stoneware Pottery

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When it comes to kitchenwares I’m definitely drawn towards simple yet heavy duty pottery. These hand-thrown food-safe glazed jugs, bowls, and other homewares by Jude Allman all exhibit a modern rustic influence that could fit in nearly any household. I love the clean lines and simple aesthetic that each piece has about it.

 

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Pouring Bowl // Jug // Handthrown Plate // Small White Stoneware Plate

(via Anthology)