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.
This morning I’m happy to be starting a new monthly feature, highlighting the goods of a few makers I’m currently carrying in The Marketplace! You might remember that a few months ago I opened a shop through Great.ly and have been keeping it stocked with the best of the best art and design ever since. I’m so happy to be able to share the work of the creators I love and now to be able to give you a fast and easy way to bring them into your own home.
One of the first pieces I added to the shop was this set of four Raindrop Napkins by Hallie Gray. Each one measures a generous 19 x 19″ and is hand-block printed with non-toxic AZO-free dyes. I’m looking forward to using them at dinner parties this fall and socking a few sets away for hostess gifts this holiday season!
I’ve been using this Expandable Pop Market Tote made by Orchid Sage for just about everything – the market, the lake, and more. Its leather handles and waxed canvas body make it feel nearly indestructible and I especially like the expandable side pockets that give me extra space for things like snacks and/or the dogs’ leashes.
The latest addition to my jewelry collection is this sweet brass cuff with cord from Meredith Peck. I’ve found it goes with just about everything and is great for layering with other pieces, it’s also large enough that I’ll be putting it over sleeves come cooler weather. The addition of the thin Chinese knotting cord takes this piece from average to extra special.
I’ve been a longtime fan of this artist, so it’s always nice to see her work gracing the “shelves” of my shop. Twenty-One by Lisa Krannichfeld is in her typical style of portraits of watercolored beauties, and for now this one is gracing my mantel alongside a boastful mermaid. (I think suspect they have some interesting conversations when I’m not looking.)
The Unsealed line of dinnerware is basically the stuff designers’ dreams are made of. Created with the thought of highlighting the porcelain instead of hiding it, the pattern is made by repeating simple shapes such as triangles or dots into solid fabric-like work of art. Designed by etc.etc. for Rosenthal, you can make it yours here.
I always know I’ve found something especially lovely when my breath catches a bit in my chest, just like it did when I first saw the woodwork of Ariele Alasko. Though Ariele creates everything from headboards to tables with her hands, I’m especially pulled in by her kitchen goods and it would appear everyone else is as well because Ariele’s shop is entirely sold out at the moment.
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So much good stuff comes out of Australia! The Fortynine Studio is a creative collective based in Sydney with a plethora of talent. The group – Lauren Austin, Ben Elbourne, Carly Vickers, Sarah Spackman, and Harriett Watts – has a variety of backgrounds and talents to contribute. Check out their lighting, textiles, and paper. But what really truly caught my eye was their line of ceramic tableware.
Flip Flop Slip Oval Platter in black & white // Flip Flop Slip Serving Bowl in red //
Flip Flop Slip Pinch Dish in cobalt stripe // Flop Flop Slip Serving Bowl in teal stripe //
Flip Flop Slip Oval Platter in cobalt // Flip Flop Slip Pinch Dish in terracotta & white
Far & Wide Collective partners with some of the most talented artisans in post-conflict and emerging economies, then connects them with the international market. The high quality pieces that are found in tucked away workshops and rural villages are then made available to us consumers, and a more sustainable infrastructure within these communities are given more stability. Add an exotic touch to your space with a beautiful basket or some color to your wardrobe with a caftan or beaded bracelet. Here are a few of my favorites.
Nell & Mary was founded in 2012 by Krista Stovel, Leah Stovel, and Avery Bloom. (Krista and Leah are sisters, and the shop is named after their grandmothers!) With backgrounds in interiors, fashion, art, sustainability, and manufacturing there was simply no way that this trio could go wrong. Nell & Mary’s collection of environmentally and socially conscious goods are created in their Portland studio, and all artwork is original to them. Looking forward to checking in on this shop as they continue to grow!
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.
(via Honey Kennedy)
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!