Albert Ruiz Villar

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Albert Ruiz Villar‘s mixed media on wood pieces just about pop right off of the screen for me. His structural pieces feel like fantastical architecture that might exist in some far off alternate universe. Don’t you want to jump right into one?

 

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A Few of My Favorite Things in 2015

I always struggle when explaining just what I do for a living to others. You’d think after 8 1/2 years of Design Crush I’d have nailed down an elevator pitch, but nope. Usually I resort to saying something about the site being a reflection of my aesthetic yadda yadda yadda. That is until a few months ago when I came across this quote by Maira Kalman and it resonated like no other. I feel like this is the absolute perfect way to describe my day to day and if I could use it as the entirety of my bio I would.

 

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I share things I love daily with you, but of course I don’t own all of them. Not even a fraction. One of my favorite posts each year is this one, where I get to share the things I use day in and day out that have stood the test of life. So in my best Oprah voice, herewith are my faaaavorite thiiiiiings for 2015!

 

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1/Artifact Uprising’s Wood Cleat – This sleek reclaimed wood cleat has a magnetic closure system, making it super easy to swap out whatever art/photo/etc you want to display at any given moment.

2/Casper – You’ve surely heard about this startup that’s changing the mattress industry. I got mine back in March and haven’t woken up with a sore back or hips since. I really cannot recommend it enough! (Hit me up if you want a coupon!)

3/Cold Gold – This line of hand-crafted geometric and leather jewelry has become my go-to for daily wear and gifting. It doesn’t hurt that the owner is super sweet either!

4/Neoflam – Cast aluminum cookware that’s non-stick and seamless is perfect for making dinner every night. Because when something is this easy to clean up it’s way less likely to end up sitting in my sink for a week.

5/Urbanears Plattan ADV Wireless – I’ve worn this line for years, but they recently released the first Bluetooth headphones in their lineup and I’m completely hooked.

6/Parabo Press Risograph Prints – Really all of their personalized print goods, but especially the pink risographs are amazing. The app is also super easy to use which says a lot in this day and age.

7/Treat Collection – Since trying out this non-toxic line of nail polishes and remover I haven’t used anything else. Great coverage, no odor – what else could be better?

8/Nest – I first plugged my new learning thermostat in this past spring. Not only is it interesting to see it learn your habits, it’s also fantastic seeing the difference in your bills.

9/Canary – Quite simply the easiest all-in-one home security system that’s ever been. You control it all from your phone and there’s zero setup.

10/Frederick’s & Mae Playing Cards – Some of the most eye-catching I’ve ever come across, they even make solitaire that much better!

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This week on Design Crush:
Fifteen fresh pieces of art for your walls in this month’s Print Edition: November.
A shop full of fantastic handmade and vintage goods over at Lostine.
Maggie Chiang‘s art is inspired by real and imaginative places.
Loving these Takenaka Bento Boxes.
Mirador has created the most beautiful collection of scarves.
I’d happily fill my kitchen cupboards with Hasami Porcelain.
Annie O’Dorisio takes mixed media pen and embroidery art to another level.
A Design Crush x fashionABLE table linens collection was released yesterday – enter for a chance to win a set of your own!

Design Crush elsewhere:
My latest post pairing rugs and rooms is up over on Rugs Direct.
Check out how to be a tailgating superstar.

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Meike Harde / Wooden Aquarelle

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Meike Harde‘s Wooden Aquarelle looks like everything and nothing all at once. The Milky Way? Yup. Rainbow sherbet? Sure. Blown up photos of watercolor palettes? Yes. But what is it really? Liquid pigments poured on bare wooden surfaces that randomly created color gradients is what. Harde then uses these transformed pieces of wood in the building of wall panels, floor tiles, and furniture.

 

 

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This week on Design Crush:
Check out these ten fresh art prints for your dose of Print Edition: August.
I took a trip to Kennywood for the first time since 1999!
Tessa Horrocks‘ pebble-centric art has me looking for the nearest stream.
Canopy beds done right.
I’m ready for fall, thanks to Lieke van der Vorst.
I’m getting so much use out of my DIY modern shower memo board!
If Drew Tyndell styled up the outside of my home like his art I wouldn’t mind.
These slivered marble hooks are so pretty and handy.
Loving the summery paintings of Seth Smith.

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Drew Tyndell

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Nashville, Tennessee’s Drew Tyndell manages to combine painting, sculpture, and collage into one explosion of incredible art. The puzzle-like end result shows off his skills in graphics and woodworking, as well as a killer mastery of color usage.

 

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ONDU Pinhole Cameras

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If you appreciate both handcrafted items and pinhole photography then I have just the thing for you. ONDU makes beautiful wooden pinhole cameras that can be enjoyed and passed on for generations to come. Choose from ten different camera formats – from pocket to 8 x 10 giant. They just wrapped up a super successful Kickstarter campaign and you can pre-order your preferred one now!

 

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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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CHIAOZZA

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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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