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


Casey Keasler for Design*Sponge

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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Alice Gao


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Max Snow



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 //
1950s Pin-Up Photograph


Karen Margolis

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Karen Margolis combines two unexpected facets to create her art – architectural renderings of the mind’s operations and plotted patterns of color. The result is fascinatingly beautiful.

Curious about what thoughts and emotions might look like inside the brain, I translate my interior monologues into molecular patterns of color. Plot out extemporaneously, accumulations of dots mark the transformations of feelings through changes in color. I also sew on discs of paper and attach map fragments to reflect external distractions. These mind maps function to chronicle the behavior of chemical interactions in the brain for the duration of various “states of mind”, offering a glimpse into the formal arrangement of emotions.


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01/ This dog’s nutritional pyramid is hilarious.
02/ An entire collection of tools made out of chocolate.
03/ Fascinating satellite photos of seaweed farms in South Korea.
04/ Check out these whimsical book covers created by Aniko Koleshnikova.
05/ The BAM breathalyzer necklace can help you not drink too much.
06/ I’ve had campers on the brain lately, and the Hütte Hut is adorable.
07/ Canismo captures adoptable dogs as they shake non-toxic paint onto canvases.
08/ My friend Emily McDowell has created the BEST collection of empathy cards.
09/ The WINKpen lets you write with wine, beer, tea and more.
10/ America’s oldest shopping mall was converted into microapartments.

This week on Design Crush:
Ten fresh art prints to up the art ante of your walls.
I’m pinking up the office for a much needed facelift.
Beautiful sugar and watercolor stained glass by Sipho Mabona.
The Kame is giving me some major suitcase envy right about now.
Loving these overhead POV paintings from Ida Badal.
I’m obsessed with my Life & Type custom letterpress poster!
Sylvia Baz’s Typeworks alphabet prints are graphic and amazing.
The perfect summer grilling aprons by Hedley and Bennett.
I’d love a few pieces of this cement pottery from Studio Twocan.

Design Crush elsewhere:
I paired up some bare rooms with their perfect floor rug matches.


Ida Badal

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Aerial POVs are my jam when it comes to photography, so falling hard for Ida Badal‘s overhead paintings was easy. This series – entitled Transport – is my favorite, though Badal also does a great job depicting rugs, tennis courts, and other surfaces.


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Print Edition: May


Eye Eye by Fine Little Day // Nobbly Bobblys by Joel Penkman // Oh, the Places You’ll Go by Hunting Collective // Orange Fox Framed Print by Dwell Store // The Botanist by Paula McGioin



Hey You by My Dear Art Shop // The Wild and Free by Iron & Resin // Whiskey by Monorail //
Wild by Sam Larsen // Zoo by Signe Kjaer


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01/ The Smallest Printing Company is a fully functioning printing press!
02/ The Floating House Shelves essentially double as a doll house for adults.
03/ Sit back and Relax, Let’s Go Though a Car Wash.
04/ A clever ad campaign for DuPont Nutrition & Health imagines mini doorways in foods.
05/ Sad animal facts.
06/ Portraits created from concentric circles of paint by Gavin Rain.
07/ I double dog dare you not to smile at Dry Dog, Wet Dog.
08/ Melissa McCracken suffers from synesthesia and paints what music looks like to her.
09/ Quicksilver’s True Wetsuits look like business suits!
10/ The Selfie Arm both intrigues me and makes me worry about humanity.

This week on Design Crush:
Showcase Mirror is a wall display for your favorite things.
Pretty folksy jewelry that’s perfect for summer from Gamma Folk.
Talwst creates the coolest mini dioramas in vintage ring boxes.
A roundup of the best Mother’s Day cards out there. (Psst, it’s May 10th.)
Super sexy paper cut babes with great hair and tattoos by Belinda Rodriguez.
The stone shelf would be perfect in so many places around the house.
Neon bright reversible embroidered art from Liz Payne.
Crushing on these Atelier Dion colored clay mugs in a big way.
Sybille Paulsen supports and celebrates cancer patients through her wearable hair art.


Sang the Swallow

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My love affair with hair continues, this time by the brush of Sang the Swallow. Elizabeth Becker creates original watercolor paintings, most of women cozied up in tribal-printed sweaters, that are both mysterious and comforting at the same time.


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01/ I’m fascinated by these 12 healing crystals and their meanings and uses.
02/ One of these 100% Sand vases would be perfect for displaying flowers this spring.
03/ Of course I want this wool cat head to be more than a student project so I can buy one. DUH.
04/ Alex Robson has asked over 500 people what freedom means to them.
05/ You knew this was coming, a Hillary Clinton logo typeface.
06/ Passport Index let’s you browse the world’s passports by color, country, and more.
07/ Mordi Levi has created some Game of Thrones portrait art in a polygon style.
08/ Hasan Kale paints teeny tiny things on random teeny tiny objects.
09/ This lavender shortbread looks like an edible version of spring!
10/ Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams has created a line based on Matisse’s Cut-Outs, the Color Collection.

This week on Design Crush:
Chemicals meet photographic materials in the work of Meghann Riepenhoff.
Have you entered for a chance to win $150 to spend at Artifact Uprising?!
Dark and twisty art from the Instagram account of Helene Comeositos AKA Monochrome.
Quality means much more than quantity, especially when it comes to these beautiful wears.
Alison Foshee is the queen of incredible art created from office supplies.
Check out 10 April DIYs to flex your creative muscles this month.
Just what’s so great about black + white art? Everything.
Chatbooks + #365quotes have teamed up to make a book!
Das Kreative Haus combines the alphabet and the inner-workings of houses.

Design Crush elsewhere:
Sometimes the gap between a great piece of art and an amazing floor rug isn’t that big.
I’ve been busy adding new pieces to Design Crush: The Marketplace – take a peek.


Black + White Art

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There’s something simple yet striking about black and white art. Whatever form the subject matter takes – illustration, photograph, sculpture – the end result tends to be graphic and attention grabbing. Now that’s a theme I can back 100%.



Clockwise: Deep Space by Samantha Hahn // Black Cat with White Whiskers by Corella Design //
Hexagon by Melinda Wood Designs // Diamonds and Monsters by The Adventures Of



LOVE Set of 4 Typographic Posters by Black and White Posters



Clockwise: New York Typographic Art Print by Yantree // Phases of the Moon by The Adventures Of //
It’s Good to Be Home by Spell and Tell // Crystal Palace No. 4 by Kristina Sostarko