May
20

Merve Özaslan / Natural Act

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Merve Özaslan‘s Natural Act collage series shows off city and suburban scenes with portals to the natural world. Özaslan explores the relationship between nature and humanity, in the end reassuring us that each one is a part of the other.

 

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May
05

Sipho Mabona

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Sipho Mabona, well known for his origami masterpieces, has branched out in another creative direction that feels similar yet wildly different. Mabona has been making a modern version of stained glass with … wait for it … melted sugar and liquid watercolor. Temperamental, delicate, and majorly beautiful.

 

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Apr
30

Liz Payne

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Good things happen when Liz Payne combines hand painted textiles with embroidered thread, wool, beads, and sequins. The real aha moment came along when she realized her art is interesting from both sides. So to capitalize Liz created a frame that allows you to view it from both sides – genius. I also love the pouch and shoes she’s created, available for sale along with her art in Liz’s shop Flirting with Yellow.

 

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Apr
28

Talwst

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Miniature dioramas make me anxious by nature, they’re just so tiny and the artist has to be so precise. Toronto’s Talwst creates his version in antique ring boxes, though the events within often take place in present day. He describes the process as meditative, just going to show it takes a special kind of person to give the detail required to these small masterpieces.

 

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Apr
24

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01/ If you guess Clip Bag is a purse that looks like an office clip you’re spot on.
02/ Loving this geometric pouf that’s partially made out of concrete.
03/ James Nizam wraps reflective tape around architectural details.
04/ Freedom Cove is a 12 platform floating home in Canada!
05/ Sylvain Viau delivers on the hover cars we’ve been waiting for.
06/ Street artist JR‘s latest in NYC has made the cover of The New York Times Magazine.
07/ A Japanese smartphone game where the goal is to collect as many cats as possible!
08/ Stunning pieces from Raw Edges Design Studio made from dyed end cuts of timber.
09/ A-Holes: A Type Book is such a fun idea.
10/ Freeline skates are basically a small skateboard for each foot – would you dare?

This week on Design Crush:
It’s cooled down quite a bit the second half of this week, Sang the Swallow‘s cozy paintings are a perfect fit.
I’ve been trying to look up more often and See for Yourself: A Visual Guide to Everyday Beauty drives that idea home.
Feather Studies are especially timely as well.
Happy National Card + Letter Writing Month! Celebrate my sending out some snail mail.
Whimsical animal sculptures from Hella Jongerius.
All Streets catalogues every street in every state (and some countries)!
Beautiful melted ice cream treats photographed by Michael Massaia.
Prep yourself for Cinco de Mayo with margaritas 12 ways.
Check out Owen Gents‘ work that’s both dreamy and tragic.

Apr
15

Alison Foshee

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Alison Foshee works with materials such as staples, pushpins, and office labels in an exploration of everyday objects. In her hands they become wild floral arrangements, fireworks mid-explosion, and plant life. The stapled flora are my absolute favorite.

 

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Apr
10

Eli Craven

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Saucy and seductive, Eli Craven‘s Screen Lovers manipulate imagery from a photo book to create the twisted end result. Beautiful, iconic screen stars get reworked for a new take on some of Hollywood’s most classic love stories.

 

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Apr
08

Swan Bones

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I’ve got your daily dose of creepy cool art right here, check out Swan Bones. (That name even!) Kelly Louise Judd is the talent behind these pen and watercolor creations with a focus on somber women and muted palettes.

 

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Lie Under Ferns // Floral Chair // Forest Sleep // The Glass Case // Twelve Dancing Princesses

Apr
03

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01/ Crazy about this Monster Skin Rug that you can support on Kickstarter!
02/ Brilliant – a tissue box filled with motivational quotes.
03/ Christoph Neimann uses everyday objects to complete his illustrations.
04/ Check out the color breakdowns of Disney films in print form.
05/ Everyone’s been there, here’s a kit to survive any breakup.
06/ What happened when Calder Wilson attached fireworks to his drone?
07/ I hope England doesn’t care that Oscar Santillan stole the top inch of its tallest mountain.
08/ This year’s Serpentine Pavilion in London celebrates 15 years of the project.
09/ Here’s how to make a 24 Carrot Cake.
10/ Tyler Feder draws famous fictional foods from television shows.

This week on Design Crush:
Daydreaming about a summer camp for adults thanks to Amy Bennett.
Wine Awesomeness is a new monthly subscription box and you can all receive the first month FREE! (said in Oprah voice)
Crushing on the manipulated canvases of Valentin Dommanget in a big way.
The countdown to Easter is almost done – are you ready?
Harriet Lee-Merrion‘s illustrations manage to feel light and heavy all at the same time.
This one time, at Texas Style Camp… I learned some new stuff about myself.
Tiny cities and the foods they’re known for combine in Brunchcity.
I’m craving solid organizational pieces this spring, like the Leaning Loop.
Speaking of, Kate Tucker‘s paintings are complete organized chaos.

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Powder blue is a big deal right now everywhere in the home.

Mar
20

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01/ Would you ride Sky Caliber, a 90 foot tall waterslide with a loop?
02/ Now all of you been connoisseurs have a place to show off the caps.
03/ You can walk above the treetops in South Africa on the Centenary Tree Canopy Walkway.
04/ Jeffrey Milstein gives cruise ships a new perspective.
05/ The Analog Memory Desk has 1,100 yards of paper for your ideas.
06/Jihyun Park uses incense sticks and rice paper to to create a sort of reverse pointillism.
07/ Martha McQuade’s Scarf Shop nailed their latest color palette.
08/ I’d like to be friends with this shirt‘s antagonist, Lord Nermal.
09/ Peter Demetz‘s wooden sculptures look downright human.
10/ This Portuguese Tree Snake House looks amazing.

This week on Design Crush:
Ali Cavanaugh‘s stunning watercolor and kaolin clay paintings.
Much inspiration in the form of Super-Modified: The Behance Book of Creative Work.
Brenda Cablayan‘s Hawaiian landscapes are only adding to my vacation lust.
Make your furry friends some DIY stamped pet bowls with style.
Spontaneity and disorder are explored in the work of Hyunryoung Kim.
I’m obsessed with my new bag from Olivia + Joy!
If you love hair art like I do check out Marianne Nielson‘s ceramics.
My love of the beach screams that I need one of these Coastal Quilts.
Chairish not only has a big ‘ol selection of vintage art, they’re also giving one of you $100 to spend on it!