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26

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01/ Who says junk isn’t beautiful? The First Law of Kipple will show you in gradient fashion.
02/ A visual project exploring just what it means to be emotionally available.
03/ Well-executed “birth control” work from Julia Blackburn for Planned Parenthood.
04/ Giant copper orbs that show just how much metal comes from a mine.
05/ Pantone-inspired beer packaging from Txaber.
06/ Portraits of five men who participated in the Manhattan Project – in match form.
07/ A vertically-designed Ikea apartment you can climb!
08/ Before/After takes a look at hardcore metal band members before + after performing.
09/ Just what chemicals give autumn’s leaves their color?
10/ These beautiful knives only need sharpened once every 25 years. WHOA.

This week on Design Crush:
Happy go lucky animal illustrations by Kathy Lam.
Remixing a classic – lasagna 10 ways.
Storybook-ready illustrations by Isabelle Arsenault.
A super smart flat water bottle design, check out memobottle.
Beautiful minimal, geometric jewelry pieces from Rebecca Gladstone.
Tips+tricks for the dreaded act of moving house.
Thean’t be beat AW14 home collection from Ferm Living.
Six of my favorite additions to Design Crush the Marketplace!

Sep
26

The Marketplace: September

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I’ve added a lot of great pieces to The Marketplace over the past month, especially in the Wear It and House Goods categories. You should definitely pop over to take a look, and if you aren’t already following @designcrush on Twitter do because you might catch a promo for free shipping!

Now that fall has hit us – okay, some of us more than others – I’m ready for spots of bright color in unexpected places. The above yellow shibori tea towel by Kristen Chandler has been such a happy spot in my kitchen for the past month. It’s a great size and the material is just the right thickness and absorbency.

 

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Since moving I’m still in the process of framing the most recent additions to my art collection. Fading Lake Day by Lisa Golightly (one of my all-time favorite artists) has been sitting on the windowsill in my dining room for the time being and catches the best light every afternoon, a good match for Lisa’s washed out style.

 

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Speaking of my new place, one of the first things I like to do after a move is do my very best to make it smell familiar. Like me, not its previous occupants. Wildfolk has an incredible line of eco-conscious, GMO-free, soy wax candles that are packaged the nicest recycled amber glass jars. I’ve been burning this night jasmine.

 

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This Hapi Raw Silk Tray by Kristi Kohut is quite sturdy (perfect for this clumsy girl) and so pretty. I love the versatility of the 12 x 12″ size, I’ve been using it for my afternoon snack every day but plan on using it on my dresser as well!

 

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And while we’re on the topic of snacks, this set of two walnut and beech double stripe snack bowls by Araya Jensen has made quite a few late night trips out to the living room full of dry roasted almonds (fine, and maybe a few kernels of candy corn). The natural woods and earthy tones also make them fantastic for fall entertaining.

 

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This petit wood bud vase by Melanie Abrantes has been working overtime lately. It’s just the smallest, most perfect piece to hold a single bud that there ever was and the farmer’s market blooms I pick up on Saturdays have been keeping it busy.

Sep
25

Ferm Living’s AW14 Collection

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I look forward to Ferm Living‘s new collections just about more than any other. They’re always perfectly put together because, well, those Danes just know what they’re doing when it comes to design. The autumn/winter collection for 2014 is full of fantastic use of sparse color and lines, as well as a few crazy patterns used with restraint.

 

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Sep
23

memobottle

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For years during college and post grad I carried around a water bottle, day in and day out. I always carried a messenger bag jammed full of too many things, but refused to do that thing people do where they attach their water bottle to the strap on the outside. I’m wondering how it took so long for someone to design this genius version – check out memobottle. It’s slim, BPA free, dishwasher friendly, and resembles the shape of various pieces of paper (specifically Letter, A4, and A5 sizes). The project is currently kicking ass and taking names on Kickstarter where its blown its initial goal completely out of the water.

 

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Sep
17

10 September DIYs

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All photos copyright of their respective sites unless otherwise noted.

Sep
08

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Hey there. Brittni here from Paper & Stitch. I’m excited to be guest posting today, while Kelly is busy moving. Admittedly, I have a lot of design crushes, but one in particular has really impressed me recently. So, I thought I would write about that today.

I’m always searching for new independent designers that have a similar aesthetic to my own. Minimal, modern, and a tiny bit trendy. And since I’ve been on the hunt for a few more specific pieces to add to my collection lately, mainly in the textile department, my casual search turned into a more specific quest to find the perfect shop. Shortly thereafter, I stumbled across Swift. After reading the background of the designers behind the label, I bookmarked the shop immediately and started adding things to my wish list.

Textile designers Michal and Roni are melding modern design with traditional textile techniques, like tie-dye, block printing, etc. So, in that way, each piece is one of a kind, which makes these designs all the more special. And puts this shop at the top of go-to list for all things textiles.

 

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Tie-Dye Scarf // Kitchen Tea Towel Set // Natural & Black Tote Bag // Numeral Tank Top

Sep
04

Alba

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Who knew that a simple gradient, making its way from dark to light on its way from bottom to top, could make a planter pop so much?! Thanks to rotational moulding technology and a hand-finished border, Alba is a fantastic display of what can happen when high tech meets lo-fi creationism. Each “vase” is available in either two or three colors, with three options available for each and made for use either indoors or out. (There’s even a range of lights which are a hanging version of the same design!)

 

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Sep
02

Forest & Waves

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The start of September signifies all things fall, which means cozy items like blankets and sweaters are fair game on the blog once again. I’m ready to start off my favorite season (thought it’s not officially here just yet) with some goods from Forest & Waves. Everything in the shop seems just right for sitting around a fire and enjoying all of the lovely cooler weather that’s heading our way.

 

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Green Forest Saddle Blanket // Yellow Forest Beach Bag // Caravan Grey Tee //
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Aug
29

Happy Weekend

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01/ Love that this stylist cuts hair for the homeless on his day off because “every human life is worth the same.”
02/ This staircase is basically a work of art.
03/ Floating City is a sprawling cardboard architectural island.
04/ The zombie craze is alive and well with Zombie Safe Zone Maps prints.
05/ 3D topographies that resemble weather patterns and ocean floors are beautiful.
06/ Cotton string and glue join forces to create creature specimens like you’ve never seen.
07/ Left Behind is a beautiful tribute to an artist’s late mother showcasing her things.
08/ The Taser Photoshoot captures people just as they’re hit with a stun gun. Huh.
09/ A reclining bird topiary stars in Sleepy Chick.
10/ Time Sliced shows iconic buildings from sunrise to sunset.

This week on Design Crush:
A new feature kicked off Monday, once a month I’ll be sharing some of my favorite pieces stocked in the Marketplace!
Pretty pastel textiles and pieces from Lina Rennell.
Modern heirloom quilts and more handmade by Rain & the River are on my wish list.
As is all of Rebecca Mir Grady‘s entire line of gorgeous jewelry.
I can’t get enough of these muted slice of life paintings by Emily Ferretti.
Have you noticed that embroidery is trending?
Crazy colorful “pen paintings” by Daniel Eatock.
A slew of well-designed pieces for the home from Hello Polly.
I can hardly believe it’s the end of August, that means it’s time for to check in.

Design Crush elsewhere:
Graphic wallpaper can amp up even the smallest space immediately.
Gettin’ boho in the home with some fantastic throw rugs.

Aug
28

Hello Polly

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Looking for thoughtfully curated artwork, homewares, ceramics, accessories, and other well-designed products? Search no further than Hello Polly and the 100+ independent creatives they stock and support. The Melbourne, Australia-based shop owned by sisters Sarah Kelk and Helen Adam who just this month launched a new facet of the shop – Hello Polly Home – all of which is designed solely by Sarah and Helen. Congratulations on the latest piece falling into place, ladies!

 

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Tiles Throw // Segments (Light Grey) // Rust Macrame Hanger // Mars Studs (Front Pink) // Serenissima

(found via The Design Files)