Jun
25

Tina Frey Designs

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One of my favorite makers carried in Design Crush: The Marketplace is Tina Frey Designs. What at first appears to be glass is actually cast resin from Tina’s hand-sculpted pieces that she makes in San Francisco. The forms of her work are inspired by organic forms found in nature as well as objects found in worldwide travels, while the colors come from translucent popsicles, candies, and jellybeans. No wonder each piece looks so delicious!

 

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Jun
12

Katharine Morling

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Katharine Morling‘s ceramic pieces feel like a combination of childhood dreams come to life and sketchbook drawings. In other words, perfectly lovely and quirky. The UK-based artist has been at it since 2003, creating pieces that are open to interpretation and invite curiosity and questions.

 

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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!

May
16

Jessica Harrison

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Two worlds collide in the form of Jessica Harrison‘s porcelain figures wearing voluminous ball gowns, all while inked up with neck-to-wrist sailor tattoos. I love everything about this collection, from the wistful looks upon their sweet faces to the intricacies of the very accurate ink jobs adorning them. (In the past she’s also explored gowned porcelain ladies in a more sinister fashion.)

 

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May
13

LaMalconttenta

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Let’s just make today all about summer, shall we? This time I’m talking about LaMalconttenta, a line by the uber talented Lydia de la Piñera. Ceramics, prints, jewelry, and more that convey the casual effortlessness of the warmest days of the year are all present in Lydia’s Etsy shop. All with the perfect balance of white space and intensely pigmented colors to balance it all out.

 

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May
07

Katharina Trudzinski

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Katharina Trudzinski‘s precariously balanced sculptural installations feel like the inside of my mind. She’s the queen is creating incredible angles that you think are about to collapse and effortlessly mixing color and pattern simultaneously. Artist crush activated!

 

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May
06

Karen Kimmel’s Shape Shifter

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I love L.A.-based Karen Kimmel and her art that truly does bring design into our homes, workplaces, and communities. I love how accessible it all feels, particularly Kimmel’s Shape Shifter, an exploration of color and movement as well as form and finish. It manages to be so sculptural in it’s 2D form. (It’s also very affordable, you can make one yours here.)

 

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May
02

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01/ My Toy Plane shows just that in fun and imaginative scenarios.
02/ Pretty silk scarves emblazoned with NASA satellite imagery from Slow Factory.
03/ The 10 Commandments of Typography. Follow ‘em.
04/ The post-film lives of sixteen sets.
05/ Subtly geometric wooden iPad and MacBook sleeves from Grove.
06/ Fictitious Dishes depicts meals from famous works of literature.
07/ CATable end the battle for space with your feline companion(s).
08/ Each of BL76‘s price tag artworks is priced according to how many stickers are used!
09/ This hand-cranked sculpture made from popsicle sticks is a study in bird motion.
10/ This glow-in-the-dark energy efficient highway is beyond brilliant.

This week on Design Crush:
I’m teaching a class on creating a killer media kit next week at Alt for Everyone AND giving away 7 tickets! Have you thrown your name into the hat?
Lucite – modern chic or trashy cool?
Check out Wind & Willow Home and then support their Indiegogo to create a new soft goods line!
Crazy awesome collage work by David Woodward.
Don’t forget the card this Mother’s Day. And yes, it’s only a week away!
April was mega crazy, and honestly I’m glad it’s over.
One day I plan on hiring Erin Fitzpatrick to paint my portrait. You know, for posterity.
These kilim clutches prove it’s not just fit for your floors these days.
People You May Meet illustrated me and my animal menagerie!

Apr
19

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01/ Check out the Alphabet Sandwich – an A to Z of food between two slices of bread!
02/ If my dentist had an office like Horacek Dental I’d be there more than twice a year.
03/ Mutaro the hedgehog models masks made just for him.
04/ A poster that shows off the categorization of The Many Varieties of Whiskey.
05/ The Man Behind the Mountain, a look at the artist behind Salvation Mountain.
06/ Food Textures showcases texture, shape, and form rather than edibility.
07/ Plastic bags as art isn’t a new concept, but plastic bag landscapes are.
08/ An illustrated guide to the bicyclists of New York City.
09/ A world map using every country’s coinage.
10/ Awesome 3D optical illusion classified ads!

This week on Design Crush:
If you missed it on Monday,  have a listen to Mixtape #35: So Young and Full of Sparks.
Have a hoppin’ Easter Sunday with these 17 projects!
Intoxicating work from Bing Wright featuring shattered mirrors and sunsets.
The countdown to Mother’s Day is on – thought about a gift yet?
Beautiful, colorful, geometric textiles from Cotton & Flax.
Show-stopping handblown glass pendant lighting in the Neverending Glory Collection.
Kinetic paper sculptures by Matt Shlian.
Check out innovation that excites with Nissan at the New York International Auto Show.
Stay creative this month with these 12 April DIYs!

Apr
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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