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01/ A husband giving his ex wife half of everything turned out to be a stunt ad campaign.
02/ Stephen McMennamy’s #ComboPhotos result in super funny juxtapositions.
03/ Battery-powered LED cloud lights are pure magic.
04/ Lovely reimagined paintbrushes from Rebecca Szeto.
05/ Universal Everything transformed the Sydney Opera House into a living mural.
06/ From afar Antony Gormley‘s sculptures look like real beach-goers.
07/ Eye-popping street art made entirely from masking tape by Buff Diss.
08/ The London Bridge was turned into a rainbow pathway this Monday.
09/ Jyo John Mullor‘s created a set of helmets that look like human heads.
10/ Sydney is currently hosing Masakazu Shirane’s Light Origami.

This week on Design Crush:
Luis Dilger’s digital City Layouts are also available as prints.
These V Necklaces from Jenna Rowe are the perfect minimal accessory.
Drop cloths and paint rags are absolutely transformed in the hands of Megan Nicolson.
Get organized with these painted beechwood magnets – Stick-Up Sticks.
Learn all about strawberryluna‘s rad screen prints in our latest PGH Maker Profile.
I’m ready to outfit my nest out with summer bed linens.
Loving these floral neon linoleum prints from Gabriela Ibarra.
Try granita 10 ways this season.
Beautiful painted bus stops in Belarus captured by Alexandra Soldatova.

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Tiff Manuell

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We’ve all heard the reference that fashion is art, but what about when it actually is? Meet Tiff Manuell, a designer and artist from Adelaide, Australia. She creates a range of hand-painted accessories, each one completely unique thanks to her process. Tiff works by first painting canvases with bright colors and patterns, then cutting that canvas up and placing it inside a PVC outer shell before sewing and adding trim. Bags of all sizes and purpose, statement neckpieces, collars, and cuffs are all created in the same manner.

 

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Because I tend to dress in mostly neutrals, Tiff’s pieces have been an amazing dose of pattern and color for summer. Inside each bag she takes the time to stitch in a one-of-a-kind logo, just one last special touch that makes every piece feel just for you.

 

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Tiff also creates these dramatic statement necklaces from cut strips of painted canvas that are real showstoppers, color and pattern galore. I’ve been hanging mine on the wall as art when I’m not busy wearing it, and I always get so many compliments when paired with a plain tee or tank.

Long story short – I’ve got a crush, and it’s a big one.

 

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01/ Louise Zhang’s Slosh Samples are beautifully grotesque.
02/ Travelbox acts as a pop-up hotel room for avid travelers.
03/ The Szczecin Philharmonic Hall in Poland is white done right.
04/ A hanging felt cradle inspired by the womb, check out Little Nest.
05/ Mmuseumm is a tiny museum of found objects housed in a former freight elevator in NYC.
06/ The world’s longest + highest glass bottom bridge – the Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon Skywalk – is about to open in China.
07/ City Museum in St. Louis is a 10-story former shoe factory transformed into an urban playground.
08/ Love these 11 BMWs that famous artists have turned into masterpieces.
09/ Kaffeeform Cups are coffee cups made out of coffee grounds!
10/ The effects of love on identical stuffed animals.

This week on Design Crush:
Ten fresh art prints to amp up your decor in Print Edition: June.
Loving the refined work of Lyngby Porcelain.
Rambling towns from the hand of Amy Casey.
Crushing hard on Kate Blegvad’s jewelry – Datter Industries.
Soft, pretty brand work from Babeth Lafon.
Your cocktail needs this geometric drink rocks set!
Vibrantly quirky paintings from Jessie Breakwell.
Urban Kraft paper bags are super durable and even washable.
Mayice creates stained glass out of something completely unexpected.

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Jessie Breakwell

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Offbeat, quirky, and absolutely wonderful. Those are the three things that immediately come to mind after viewing the work of Jessie Breakwell. Jessie’s vibrant paintings are the perfect escape from reality, her most famous series being Tropicana featuring animals oozing with personality. Make some of Jessie’s art your own in her shop.

 

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Amy Casey

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My mind works in a mostly practical fashion, so art that does the opposite always stops me in my tracks. Amy Casey‘s rambling/stacked/suspended neighborhoods and cities make my thoughts chase each other in circles. I think I need more of that in my life.

 

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Michela Picchi

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On this first unofficial day of summer the work of Michela Picchi seems like a good fit. A rich, saturated palette is a hallmark of her style along with an amazing graphic appeal. The Italian-born, Berlin-based Picchi works with some big name brands as well as creating for herself.

 

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01/ INKO is a hand-tattooed iPad keyboard – so rad!
02/ 20,000 sheets of paper and 4 tons of stone make up Steve Messam‘s bridge.
03/ Pretty but controversial, check out Marco Evaristti’s Rauður Thermal Project
04/ Feminist Lisa Frank is perfection.
05/ Matthias Schaller realizes the beauty in artist’s palettes.
06/ Some grain silos in western Australia got a creative makeover.
07/ Huge eyeballs that maybe belong to mythical creatures from Stefano Prina.
08/ Thomas Lohr showcases the intricacies of birds’ feathers in his photography.
09/ Ron Isaacs created clothing art with plywood and acrylic paint!
10/ Life listed – best friends build tiny homes on a ranch together.

This week on Design Crush:
The vintage postcard landscapes Caterina Rossato creates are incredible.
Glop is a multifunctional, bendable line of kitchenware.
The most amazing paper masks from Mlle Hipolyte.
The Messenger is such a fun interactive gift that travels from person to person.
Merve Özaslan’s Natural Act collages are so good.
Obsessed with these Fireclay Tiles vibrant colors and patterns.
Michael Carson nails the underplayed glamour look in his paintings.
A few weeks ago I taught some ladies how to make DIY Abstract Painted Potholders.
Loving the different mediums and styles of Ashleigh Ninos‘ work.

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Michael Carson

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The underplayed glamour Michael Carson conveys in each of his paintings draws the viewer right in, making them long for the chance to take part of the magic. (Or at least making me long for the chance.) Bars, clubs, cafés, and dance studios set the hazy scene for his characters, while giving a nod to both French Impressionist and post-Impressionist eras in style and technique.

 

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Nude Art Done Right

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Nude art, accepted and regaled as some of the most popular once upon a time, is often seen as taboo in today’s society. (Half naked people on TV? Okay. Tastefully painted expressionist female form? The horror.) I’m of the opinion that a good piece of naked art can be really amazing in nearly any room, and I’m finding proof that others agree. Take a peek at how nudes are being incorporated into everyday home decor, then scroll down to shop the look.

 

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Clockwise from top left: Vintage A. Moyer // André Lemos Pinto // Catalina Somolinos // Ewa Dabkiewicz

 

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Clockwise from top left: GalerieMiniMal // Geordanna Cordero-Fields // Vitali Komarov //
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