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.
Aside from creating beautifully designed wares, Grain has another purpose – a dedication to social and environmental responsibility. (You know how I love a company that gives back.) As committed members of 1% For The Planet, one percent of Grain’s annual revenue goes back to environmental non-profits. Their work unites current manufacturing technologies and age-old craft techniques, and goods are produced in small batch runs in their Bainbridge Island studio. Good design plus conscientiousness equals all the more reason to buy! Check out my favorite pieces: Hung Mirror, Circlet Triple Sconce, Bound Hand V1, Grail Cassoulet, and Strung Sconce.
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I have some great news – as of last Wednesday my home is under contract! I finally feel like I’m at the halfway point with this move, and now my fingers are crossed that I can find a new house in Pittsburgh to call my own in the very near future (and that both escrows go smoothly!). Of course now I’m busy thinking about how I might freshen up the yet-to-be-found place as I weed out what will be making the big move halfway across the country with me and what will be sold or go to a thrift shop.
Lucky for me – and everyone else – Target‘s Room Essentials line has been given new life and is full of the pops of color and modern look I gravitate towards. It’s in stores and online beginning this month and I have big plans for some of it’s most affordable pieces. A pair of Corded Geo Toss Pillows would add some nice pattern to my slate colored couch, while this Storage Ottoman would be the perfect place to stash remotes and work detritus in the living room. I love the industrial look and feel of the Dipped Cement Mix and Match Lamp, a great option for any number of corners or tables. My old ottoman is one of the pieces that’s already been given away, but this grey Saddle Ottoman would fit right in and is just the right size for propping up my feet. I’m considering a pair of these Core Red Barstools to act as bedside tables – there’s just enough room for a lamp, a book, and my phone. And last but certainly not least, a new Welcome/Goodbye mat is in order for all of the visitors I’m hoping to entertain in my new space.
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.
Design Crush elsewhere:
A bathroom floor refresh.
Colorhouse paint and Rejuvenation have teamed up to bring us the Mercantile Color Collection, a palette of 36 interior hues designed with the modern pioneer in mind. The line’s main inspiration is rooted in history, when quality home items used to be purchased in one general store and were made to last. Both Colorhouse and Rejuvenation create products whose quality, authenticity, and sustainability reflect the spirit of their shared birthplace – Portland, Oregon – and all of those characteristics are clearly present in the Mercantile Color Collection.
I’m in love with the classic palette, and definitely daydreaming of using this collection in my next home. (I’m also daydreaming about this kitchen!) The 36 exclusive colors in Mercantile Color Collection are organized into six families named after traditional general store bulk items – CHALK (whites), TEA (warm neutrals), SEED (greens), DENIM (blues), FLINT (cool neutrals), and SPICE (yellows, reds, oranges).
What’s not in the paint is just as important as what is. The Mercantile Collection is tinted in Colorhouse paint, which has no VOCs, no toxic fumes (HAPs-free), no reproductive toxins, no mutagens, no hazardous air pollutants, no ozone depleting compounds, no formaldehyde, no phthalates, and no chemical solvents. Colorhouse paints are low odor and boast superior coverage, durable finish, and easy cleanup in flat, eggshell, and semi-gloss sheens. All huge deals when it comes to what you’re putting on your walls. I’m looking forward to trying this line out for myself. And I have a feeling CHALK .01, FLINT .01, and FLINT .02 will be prevalent to my walls in a few months!
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JOYN produces beautiful block-printed textiles, handbags, and accessories by hand in the foothills of the Himalayas. But Mel and Dave Murray’s company stands for much more than that. They’ve partnered with nonprofit JoyCorp to provide employees in Rajpur, India with not only a steady job and healthy work environment, but a daily meal plan, education for their children, English and vocational training, and medical care. That huge difference makes JOYN‘s pieces a hundred times more beautiful than they already are.
I’d had my eye out for a pouf that I loved for over a year when Loom Decor reached out about their impressive collection of customizable silhouettes and 400+ fabric options. (And it doesn’t stop there, you can also customize a variety of pillow styles, poufs, bedding, table top or even create your own custom window treatments.) After scanning through all of the fabrics I knew immediately that the Optrix pattern was the one for me. It provides a perfect graphic punch that adds some interest to the otherwise solid pieces in my living room.
The pouf showed up on my doorstep in about two weeks, which is super fast for anything customized. Like lightning! It measures 24 x 24 x 13″ and has already served multiple purposed around my space. My favorite is above, where I sit to work when I’m in the living room. I love propping my legs up on it, basically converting part of my sofa into a chaise. I’ve also used it as extra seating and even a stand-in coffee table (mine is being repaired) by simply placing a large tray on top. And I love that Loom Decor offers a range of price points with their fabric offerings — basic, prime, and luxe — which allow customers to find pieces that fit within their budgets.
Now’s your chance to tap into Loom Decor‘s high-end, luxurious home textiles – they even offer personalized decorating assistance! Two lucky Design Crush readers will win $100 towards the custom piece of your choice. Hop over to the official giveaway page to enter, you have until July 20th!
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 Block, a 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!
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.