20 Super Rad Gifts

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1/ a black cast iron fondue set for your cousin who wants to borrow yours
2/ a set of four brew espresso cups for someone who can’t stop won’t stop
3/ a chic candle snuffer for your mom who always has one burning
4/ a ceramic flask for your uncle who loves the outdoors

 

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5/ a double ended highlighter set for the students in your life
6/ an Esym scent pod for your best friend’s stocking
7/ a pair of gold agate bookends for your aunt who’s a librarian
8/ a Juniper 37G knife for your friend who always has one in their pocket

 

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9/ a Lomo Instant Sanremo + 3 lenses for your dad who loves photography
10/ an overdue notecard set for your grandmother who still writes to her childhood friend
11/ a maple sugar cube for the sweet-tooth
12/ a set of four frosted stout beer glasses for your friend who loves craft beer

 

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13/ a One iOS lightning charger for the workaholic
14/ a SOMA glass water bottle for your super healthy aunt
15/ a Soundflex bluetooth speaker for your friend who bikes every weekend
16/ a standing pen for the one who’s forever asking to borrow one

 

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17/ a torq nutcraker for your grandfather who loves snacking on nuts by a fire
18/ an acrylic chess set for your best friend’s uber smart kiddo
19/ Wild Medicine soap & crystal for your boho pal
20/ a bottle of winter oil bath for the one who needs to slow down and relax

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Parentesit

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Parentesit is a collection of modular wall panels that both aid in reducing sound and add a geometric visual element to whatever space they’re in. Choose from three shapes – circle, square, and oval – as well as several colors, or a step further and include the customizable ambient light and speaker to make them even more functional.

 

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Happy Weekend

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1/Christo floats a 3km walkway across an Italian lake  2/This company is revolutionizing the way we put on sunscreen  3/Thirteen animals made from 13 circles  4/Glittering galaxy-inspired donuts  5/Works by Van Gogh recreated by swirling pain in water  6/Lifelike wooden animals sculpted using a chainsaw  7/MI Guitar can make us all experts  8/This plate absorbs excess oil from food  9/Ceramic shards found on the beach are turned into chopstick rests using kintsugi  10/Shitty Rigs, a tumblr of DIY filmmaking rigs  11/A turntable that lets your friends know what you’re listening to  12/Tattoos that integrate ink with body curvature

 

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1/Courtney Mattison’s Our Changing Seas  2/Backyard Spaces  3/Benoit Paille’s Surreal Mexico  4/Abeego  5/Ugo Rondinone’s Seven Magic Mountains  6/House Plant Mobiles  7/Bodil Jane  8/The Dreslyn Tarot Deck + Guidebook  9/Rose Wong

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Happy Weekend

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1/Jidouhanbaiki is a photo series that explores Japan’s obsession with vending machines   2/Chihiro Ogura creates cookie masterpieces inspired by cultural Japanese motifs   3/Inks, a modernist art app disguised as a pinball puzzler   4/Rippling liquid marble mimics a flowing river in Petit Loire   5/Serpentine tattoos by Mirko Sata weave black and white ink together   6/A model painted with glowing makeup lights up beautifully under UV light in Neon Dream   7/Paper flowers by Haruka Misawa   8/Hair stenciling in the new trend everyone will be trying   9/France has a wine theme park, La Cité du Vin   10/The Beach Vault will keep your stuff from getting stolen at the beach

 

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1/Happy 4th of July   2/Print Edition: July 2016   3/Bonnie and Neil   4/Anna King   5/WKNDLA   6/Endre Penovác   7/To Wallpaper or Not to Wallpaper   8/Leslie Weaver

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Turntables, Speakers + Headphones

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1/Nomad USB Portable Turntable  2/Pro-Ject RM 1.3 Turntable  3/Audio-Technica X UO AT-LP60 Vinyl Record Player  4/Braun G 12  5/Ion Audio Max LP 3-Speed Belt Drive Wooden Turntable  6/Crosley X UO AV Room Palm Portable USB Vinyl Record Player  7/Crosley C10 Turntable

 

 

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1/Uma Sound Lantern  2/ARiNA Speaker  3/A2 in Grey  4/Otis & Eleanor + Mashburn Bongo Portable Speaker  5/ONEclassic  6/Steel Bluetooth Speaker  7/Stelle Audio Pillar

 

 

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1/aHead Wireless Headphones  2/Bang & Olufsen Beoplay H6 Over-Ear Wired Headphone  3/Linea N°2 In Ear Headphones  4/Linea Vegan Headphones  5/Rockall Over Ear Headphones  6/LSTN Troubador Ebony Wood Headphones  7/The New Normal

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Reinventing My Design Obsession + HP Spectre

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When it comes to technology I’m most definitely drawn to a certain aesthetic, one that overflows into every other realm of my life. Clean lines, modern look, and limited color palette. I always looks forward to what’s next from HP, our longstanding partner, like their recently released PC with incredible craftsmanship and style – the HP Spectre. The resulting technology is a form of reinvented obsession, and delivers a luxurious computing experience that should resonate with all design-minded folks. HP reimagined every element during the design process to ensure the best user experience as well as maximum performance. The end result is a PC that doesn’t compromise on style, function, or performance.

 

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The idea of reinventing obsession is nothing new to me, I do it on a daily basis both here on Design Crush and as a graphic designer. Each day and every project requires me to reevaluate, refocus, and bring my best creative self to the table. It’s not always easy but Spectre is a source of inspiration, in particular its modern color palette. I’ve found myself inexplicably drawn to shades similar to its high contrast matte aluminum body and glossy copper trim over the past few weeks in everything from design projects to my own home.

 

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You may have also noticed that HP has debuted a sleek new logo, a modern take on the two letters consisting of little more than four slashes. When working on my bread and butter, logo and branding work, I tend to think minimally when starting work on a new brand. This redesign reminds me that in design simple is usually best. A rule of thumb that I live by is to take away, then take away some more until nothing is left but the necessities.

 

HP also collaborated with two world-renowned designers to create exclusive limited edition Spectres that highlight the intersection of art and technology. Dutch-born, London-based designer Tord Boontje created the HP Spectre by Tord Boontje that exhibits delicate, intricate, dreamlike patterns across the laptop. Los Angeles-based jewelry designer Jess Hannah created the HP Spectre by J. Hannah with opulent 18K gold. Both will be auctioned off for charity.

This post sponsored by HP Spectre as they #ReinventObsession. All words and opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that help keep Design Crush creating fresh content!

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8 Awesome Apps

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Ghostruck // the first app connecting you professional, insured movers by utilizing their empty or partially filled trucks.

Hopper // Track tickets to your set destination for any week of the year, then purchase directly within the app using your airline’s rewards program of choice without ever leaving.

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Instasnoop // An app that allows you to check out anyone’s public profile and snoop by disabling likes, tagging, and commenting so you don’t need to be afraid of accidentally double-tapping.

Journal // Combine all the things that inspire you into one place where you can draw, sketch, collage, paint, or color on anything, giving you a sketchbook of boundless possibilities.

Old Sport // Tell us what you have in your home bar, and we’ll tell you what you can make.

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Paper // A faster, better way to capture ideas using text, sketches, and photos.

Pause // Based on the ancient principles of Tai Chi and mindfulness practice, PAUSE brings the act of focused attention to your mobile device.

Timer+ // Set multiple timers at once , time by the second, minute, or hour. Runs in the background so you’re free to use other apps. Comes with 20 alarms.

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Happy Weekend

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This week on Design Crush:
Super emotive paintings by Roos van der Vliet.
A recipe roundup to enjoy stew 12 ways.
Beautiful illustrated piece embellished with embroidery from Izziyana Suhaimi.
Four tips for finding your scent with MCMC.
Loving these bright tribal-like embroidered pieces by Elizabeth Pawle.
Up your vinyl game with this tooled leather turntable slipmat.
Matt Leines‘ mask-like portraits are Halloween perfect.
You should definitely make hot apple cider this weekend!
Check out the brilliant lady behind the snarky cards in PGH Maker Profile: Sapling Press.

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Balancing Life with the UP2

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Activity trackers aren’t exactly a new fad, and to be honest I’ve been known to make fun of those who are evangelists for them in the past. But ever since being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes a year and a half ago, suddenly all kinds of health issues that weren’t important in the past are a big deal. Carb intake, working out, getting enough sleep – all things that I’m paying way more attention to these days. Also things that Jawbone’s UP2 are helping me track and even improve upon! Hi, Pot. It’s Kettle. Let’s talk.

 

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I stopped wearing a watch years ago because having it bang against my desk and keyboard while designing was enough to drive me crazy. I was happy to find that the band on the UP2 is an adjustable soft rubber bracelet, and I’ve had zero problem wearing it 24/7. After two weeks it’s already become a habit that I’m not eager to break, and keeping track of everything has become like a competition with myself. It even manages to go with my wardrobe when I stack on bracelets – no small feat! And on days when I forget to throw on any accessories it simply looks like a modern bracelet.

 

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My UP2 has been tracking everything from movement to diet to sleep, and yet I feel like I’ve barely scratched the surface of its functionality. I’m looking forward to experimenting with the idle alert which keeps you from staying in one place for too long, and the alarm that gently wakes you up in the morning by vibrating your tracker.

 

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I’m not a person who’s ever been extremely active, so I have my goal set to 8,000 steps a day. The difference now is that I’m eager to check my steps as soon as I’ve done an activity – like run on the treadmill, gone grocery shopping, or walked my dogs! I wasn’t expecting just how addicting it would be.

 

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Being able to keep track of every bite of food I put in my body throughout the day is incredibly important to sticking to my recommended 45 carb per meal limit. It’s a relief to know that there’s a record of the results somewhere other than in my mind, and that I can go back and look at what I ate when I was having an especially energetic or exhausting day.

For the past six months I’ve been struggling with sleeping well, I believe it to be a side effect of a new diabetes drug that I’m taking. I don’t have a tough time falling asleep – it’s the staying asleep that’s difficult. Because I wear my UP2 to bed it actually tells me how many times I woke up during the night, when I was sleeping light, and when I was in a deep sleep. In the morning it gives me a report and mentions tips like doing light let lifts when I can’t get back to sleep and getting up to do something productive if I’m restless. This has been my favorite function so far!

 

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What I initially thought was a fad has become a part of my everyday life, and a tool in treating my diabetes. At this point I can’t imagine not wearing my UP2 when it even manages to seamlessly blend into my day-to-day, from lifestyle to wardrobe.

This post sponsored by Jawbone. All words and opinions are my own, as always. Thank you for supporting the brands that help keep Design Crush producing fresh content!

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Happy Weekend

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This week on Design Crush:
Lotte Maja Bjerre‘s illustrations remind me of a perfectly coiffed geisha’s hairdo.
So many good things waiting to be bought for my home over in Fine Little Day‘s shop!
Iñaki Bergera’s Twentysix Gasoline Stations photo series showcases the beauty of the abandoned.
Such beautiful home goods for keeping and giving from The Vintage Vogue.
I love Anna Hepler‘s rudimentary 3D sculptures so much.
Be sure and try out a few of these 12 October DIYs.
Xuan Chen’s Light Threads is full of bold colors and shapes.
The latest jewelry collection from Faris is perfect to pair with just about every outfit.
Don’t you love these icing-like paintings from Calvin Ross Carl?

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