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01/ Fascinated by the Awair air quality monitor.
02/ Love these abstract paper birds by Marine Coutroutsios.
03/ Mass uses big box items to create color coordinating site-specific installations.
04/ The Rainbow Chapel in Shangai is a colorful new place to tie the knot.
05/ Serious wooden sculptures that are full of energy by Stefanie Rocknak.
06/ Check out Ambivalently Yours creative feminist Instagram account.
07/ Eve Fowler’s Mainfest Destiny billboard project is brilliant.
08/ All 468 New York subway stations on one epic poster.
09/ Obvious Plant took to the paint aisle to replace swatches with hilarity.
10/ The Hidrate Me water bottle syncs to your phone and glows to remind you to stay hydrated.

This week on Design Crush:
The beauty of domesticity captures in Fuki Koike‘s illustrations.
Tatoorary creates the best temporary ink I’ve ever seen.
Colorful large-scale wooden sculptures by CHIAOZZA.
Beautiful small-batch ceramics from Paper & Clay.
Paper gardens that won’t wilt by Anne Ten Donkelaar.
Ten DIYs to keep your hands busy this month.
I’m obsessed with the canvas bags and accessories of Tiff Manuell.
Colors are the best crayons you’ve ever seen.
Tamsin van Essen’s Erosion Series is based on something completely unexpected.

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Tamsin van Essen / Erosion Series

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Alternating layers of black and white porcelain are sandblasted to show the strata that lies beneath in Tamsin van Essen‘s Erosion Series. In the artist’s words, “This work explores erosion and the disruption of form. Focusing on biological erosion, I wanted to convey the idea of a host being attacked and eaten away by a parasitic virus, highlighting the creeping spread of the infection as it corrupts the body.”

 

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CHIAOZZA is the combined efforts of Terri Chiao and Adam Frezza. Their colorful large-scale wooden sculptures are happy inducing, and I love how some of them even look like they could be functional! Make one of their lovely pieces yours through their shop.

 

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Chisel & Mouse

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Chisel & Mouse, besides being a fantastic name, is the place where brothers Robert and Gavin Paisley bring their passion for beautiful buildings to life. Each sculpture is made from plaster and etched metal details through a combination of traditional sculpting, moulding and casting with CAD, and 3D printing. The end result is nothing short of art.

 

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01/ Michelle Wibowo created an anamorphic sculpture of London’s skyline with cookies.
02/ HOT TEA transformed a pool on Roosevelt Island with technicolor.
03/ Intense rope masks by BertJan Pot.
04/ The Ecocapsule is solar-powered, allowing you to live off the grid anywhere you please.
05/ Loving this shadow creating You Are Here umbrella by Nadiah Alsagoff.
06/ Check out the world’s first hanging “zome” – Kodama Zome.
07/ Kickstart this! Vinyl Moon would release mixtape on vinyl! (And they’re pretty!)
08/ Update your phone background with these patterns from Cotton & Flax.
09/ SoAwkward pulls together the most awkward moments from Twitter in one app.
10/ The credit card-sized Light Phone does just one thing – make calls!

This week on Design Crush:
Feeling inspired by Michela Picchi‘s saturated work.
A photo story behind the inspiration of Pine & Boon‘s product development.
Three cheers for caftans!
We previewed a new series – PGH Maker Profile: Redraven Studios.
Good sound is key to summer, check out these 8 portable speakers.
Kristin Martsincic’s Pool Series is utterly refreshing to view.
The Food for Though Book Collection is pure brilliance.
I worked some magic to create a welcoming front porch.

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PGH Maker Profile: Redraven Studios

I don’t think I’ve ever been as excited to launch a new column as I am to kickoff PGH Maker Profile today. But let me start by backtracking just a little bit. Before I moved back to Pittsburgh (aka PGH) last September I had a few local creative friends, but didn’t know what to expect beyond that. I’d heard good things about the community, but was in no way prepared for just how phenomenal it actually is. I can honestly say that I’ve never met a group of people who are such go-getters, so willing to collaborate, or so welcoming as the crew I’m growing to call mine. It makes me realize that I’m exactly where I belong both in my career and in my life because so many good things are happening. Now I’m looking forward to sharing all of these amazing human beings and their talents with you. Some you’ll know, some will be new, exactly zero will disappoint.

 

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Amy Hamley of Redraven Studios is my favorite kind of business lady, the kind who was following their passion and just happened to trip into business. A girl after my own heart, really. Within five minutes of meeting a few months ago I knew we were meant to be friends. She’s turned her background studies in ceramics into a legit career featuring pieces that you’ve most likely seen as Etsy all-stars and everywhere else on the web. Last month I spent an afternoon sweating and drinking warm Riesling in her studio while we talked life and business.

 

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Greenware drying.

Tell us a little bit about how you got your start with Redraven.

My business kind of happened by accident. I was working at a community ceramics studio teaching wheel throwing classes. I made some work there for myself, but would take clay home and began to make jewelry in my kitchen. I would take it back to the studio to fire the pieces. It evolved from a thing that I liked doing to me opening my Etsy shop in 2008 selling ceramic jewelry that was finished with vintage ceramic decals. I enjoyed making these, but knew that I wanted to work larger and make work that was meaningful to me. In 2010 I started making molds again. I rebranded my store by creating all new listings for items that I had slip cast in porcelain from handmade molds.

 

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Amy stamping her logo on a ring dish. Greenware drying.

What’s your favorite part of the process? Your least favorite?

My favorite part of my process is hand painting my dinnerware collection. My least favorite is refining greenware to bisque fire, or sanding bisque, they are equally terrible.

 

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Redraven’s beautiful dinnerware collection.

What other makers inspire you most?

So many makers inspire me that I don’t even know where to start! First my studiomates, Heather and Myles of Stak Ceramics. They make flawless, innovative, functional work. Ali Gibbons and Taylor Ceramics are also two incredible ceramic artists that I really admire. Fayce Textiles makes the most insanely beautiful textiles and homewares. And, literally, every maker in Pittsburgh.

 

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Stones that were cast as molds for jewelry.

Where do you see Redraven in 5 years?

In five years I’d like to see redraven in some dream retailers with a more expansive wholesale client network. And maybe working a little less!

 

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The ring dish I painted before glazing and firing took place.

What makes having a small business in Pittsburgh so great?

The community. I couldn’t ask for a better network of makers, business owners, and friends. There is a work ethic and pride here that is very special to Pittsburgh, and I’m grateful to be a part of it.

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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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Caterina Rossato

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Caterina Rossato combines vintage postcard landscapes into something new by cutting out and placing them on wood blocks for dimension. The resulting sculptures feel fresh and modern, all while retaining the dignity of the original imagery.

 

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Studio Twocan

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Studio Twocan is a creative studio managed by sisters Maddie and Becc Sharrock. Each piece the duo creates is individually crafted, showing off their dedication and commitment to quality of design and manufacture. The cement is colored using pigment inspired by Australian landscapes, then each piece is polished with natural oils, sealing the cement with a satin finish. This process celebrates imperfections and ensures that each piece is unique. Check out their shop to make a piece your own.

 

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Hella Jongerius

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I have so much respect for artists who straddle the traditional and contemporary worlds, and Hella Jongerius has been super successful at it. She seamlessly fuses industry and craft while tossing in a cheeky nod to whimsy, like in this collaboration with Nymphenburg.

 

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