Jun
08

Scribble Rugs

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Who ever said that amazing home decor has to be so freakin’ serious? Front and Moooi Carpets teamed up to create just the opposite – a series of rug that look like a colored pencil frenzy gone right. Each scribble rug is irregularly shaped and available in a variety of color ways. (Of course they’d also be a lot of fun in a kid’s room!)

 

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Jun
05

Happy Weekend

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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.

Jun
03

Drink Rocks Set

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This Drink Rocks Set is doing it for me. Reason 1 is that drink rocks are amazing for not watering down whatever libation you’re sipping on, reason 2 is that the varied shapes and colors act as an identifier if more than one person is drinking the same thing out of a similar glass.

 

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Jun
01

Lyngby Porcelain

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Lyngby Porcelain has a storied history, but is new to me. After doing a little digging I figured out why – the company that was founded in Denmark in 1936 manufacturing porcelain service sets, vases, and other high design pieces closed its doors in 1969. But lucky for us it reopened in 2012, re-releasing all of their storied designs. These days they’re also busy discovering new designers and designs to add new chapters to their story.

 

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May
31

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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.

May
27

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.

May
21

DIY Abstract Painted Potholders

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The first weekend in May I had the chance to lead a workshop at Anthropologie where we made these fun and colorful abstract painted potholders. I made a few samples beforehand for inspiration, so I thought I’d share those along with a bit from the event itself, then tell you how to make your own.

 

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The girls at the Pittsburgh Anthro’s Bakery Square location did an amazing job setting up for what was actually their first ever event. We all noshed on the tastiest mini cupcakes, fruit water, and plenty of Prosecco while painting. It was a beautiful day, and sitting inside those big windows with the warm sun shining in made everyone extra creative.

 

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The best part of this project is that there are zero rules, it’s all about having fun. Paint skills don’t matter one bit because the end result is meant to be abstract and playful. We played with different materials to create designs – drinking straws, toothpicks, and cardboard – that could add a graphic element.

 

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This gal was the life of the party. She showed up with her babysitter about halfway through and proceeded to tell everyone how wonderful they were doing (her words) before creating this masterpiece to give to her cousin. We sent her off with plenty of cupcakes and took plenty of selfies.

 

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Supplies:
• plain white potholders (make sure they are meant for use, not decorative)
• matte acrylic paint
• paintbrushes
• paper plates for palettes
• paper towels
• drinking straws, toothpicks, etc
• water jar for brush rinsing

 

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Thanks to Anthropologie for hosting the event and to everyone who came out to create!

May
20

Fireclay Tile

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I’m generally drawn to safe neutrals when choosing the more permanent features in a space. Hues that help to create a blank canvas to build out a room upon, ones that have legs beyond my current style preference. But then I learned about Fireclay Tile and their incredible, brilliantly designed products that are made by hand in their factory just outside San Francisco. Their expansive collection of designs, shapes, and colors has got my creative engine turning and I’m thinking that maybe I need to take a walk on the wild side!

 

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May
18

Glop

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Glop solves two problems right off the bat. The silicone line of dishware designed by Berta Julià Sala saves you both cabinet space and dirty dishes by being so bendy and multifunctional. Use the tall cylinder as a vase or serving vessel. Use a bowl to eat cereal, then bend it up to slurp up the milk. You get the idea, and it’s kind of brilliant.

 

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14

10 May DIYs

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