May
14

Nude Art Done Right

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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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Max Snow

 

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

 

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Stanimir Stoykov

 

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Clockwise from top left: GalerieMiniMal // Geordanna Cordero-Fields // Vitali Komarov //
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May
08

Happy Weekend

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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.

May
07

Silvia Baz / Typeworks

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Silvia Baz is a busy multi-disciplinary designer (graphic design, art direction, and typography) who found time in her schedule to create this set of typographical prints – Typeworks. The pixelation confuses your vision the closer you view them, a play off of Goethe’s quote “The hardest thing to see is what is in front of your eyes.”

 

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May
06

Life & Type

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Life & Type is a collaboration where you provide the idea and they provide the letterpress machine, the design templates, and the craftsmanship. Together you work to create a personalized, large format art print that shares your life in type. I had the chance to team up with creator Daniel Richardson to work through the seamless process he’s streamlined and make my own.

 

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After settling on one of their three available templates (with more to come soon), and a theme of previous addresses of places I’ve lived, we got to work. I filled out the simple template form, submitted it, and received a proof within 24 hours. I made a few tiny changes to my original wording and gave the go ahead to Daniel.

 

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That’s when he took the reins setting type and printing. A few days later my custom poster was in the mail and on its way to my doorstep. In the meantime Daniel emailed some photos of the process, a step that’s included in all orders that really sends the experience over the top.

 

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When my Life & Type poster arrived I was even more impressed than expected. The paper is super luxe, the type is beautiful, and the entire experience was just so personalized. A poster like this would make such a fantastic gift for so many occasions – graduation, a new home, a wedding, etc. I know this beauty will be hanging in my home for years and years to come.

 

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May
04

Print Edition: May

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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

 

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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

Apr
28

Mother’s Day Cards

If your mom is even half as amazing as mine you’ve struck gold. The lady who birthed me is my #1 fan, my best friend, and my anchor in this sometimes crazy world. My grandmother has also been a huge influence on me, as well as my aunt. So don’t just celebrate your mother on Mother’s Day, let all of the incredible women in your life know just how appreciated they truly are.

 

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ROW 1: Egg Press // The Good Twin Co. // Rifle Paper Co.
ROW 2: Ashkahn // Sycamore Street Press // Sea + Lake Paper Co.
ROW 3: My Dear Fellow Co. // Moglea
ROW 4: Denote Stationery // Ink Meets Paper // Hairpin Letterpress
ROW 5: The Detroit Card Co. // One Canoe Two // our heiday

Apr
22

All Streets

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Maps of every street in every state? Yes, please. All States at Fathom has taken the premise of the map and stripped it down to every single street – no topography, waterways, or any other indicators. Pick your favorite state or country and order the print!

 

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Apr
21

National Card + Letter Writing Month

You still have nine days left to be a part of National Card + Letter Writing Month, you know, if that’s your kind of scene. It’s definitely mine, because there’s only one better thing you can find in a mailbox than a card or letter. (Money.)

 

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ROW 1: Hi // Hey Good Lookin’ // You Had Me At Hello
ROW 2: Text Less, Write More // Hello
ROW 3: Abstract Thank You // So Long Dachshund // Poetry Time

Apr
16

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%.

 

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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

 

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LOVE Set of 4 Typographic Posters by Black and White Posters

 

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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

Apr
06

Print Edition: April

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Feathers by The Bugaloo // Blue Botanical by Rifle Paper Co. // Live Less Out of Habit by Jenna Kutcher // Minerals & Gems Vol 2 by Vol 25 // Paper Animals by Danse de Lune

 

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Rainbow Poster by Fine Little Day // Stay Humble by Sewindieshop // Strata No 1 by Elouise Renouf // You Also Have a Pizza by Katie Batten // Zodiac Constellations by The Aestate