10 Days of Design Crush Anniversary Giveaways: Day 1 Artifact Uprising

 

Ten years ago this month I started Design Crush as a place to gather inspiration for my day job as a graphic designer, and five years ago it became my full-time job. I don’t even know how to begin to thank each of you for your support along the way to living this dream that I didn’t know I had. To be completely transparent, when it’s been good it’s been great and when it’s been bad I still couldn’t think of anything else I’d rather be doing. I never used to believe people who said when you love your job you’ll never work a day in your life, but it’s so very true. And to thank you all, as well as highlight some of my favorite sponsors from over the years, we’ll be hosting ten days of giveaways in celebration of ten years of this little site that could.

 

Print + Wood Cleat

I first met one of the founding sisters of Artifact Uprising at lunch during Alt Summit when we shared a table, and since then I’ve had the pleasure of partnering with them many a time. Katie and Jenna started AU on a foundation of a decade’s worth of experience as professional photographers and a desire to create printed photo goods with elevated quality, thoughtful design, and responsibly sourced materials.

 

Wood Calendar

Since 2012 they’ve done that and more by staying true to their mission and an authentic, creative-driven business model. Artifact Uprising‘s focus on sourcing recycled paper for their books and wood products continues to resonate with me and many others, and they continue to give good materials a second chance at life by using locally-sourced fallen beetle-kill pine.

 

 

From a basement to an office in Denver, Artifact Uprising still prides themselves on being an authentic company that’s true to its eco-conscious roots – and that matters! Consistently surrounding themselves with people who challenge, and building great things with great people is what AU is all about.

 

Float Frame

As Artifact Uprising continues to create beautiful, minimal products that everyone is sure to love, they also keep a focus on stellar customer interactions. Seriously – their customer service is some of the best I’ve ever experienced, and it shows in everything from the site’s interface and user experience to the end product showing up at your doorstep.

 

Instagram Friendly Frames

“We believe that doing good is more important than doing well – and that kindness makes the world right. We believe in travel and the things you can learn from getting lost. And we believe the best lessons come from the listening. We try to laugh when light is needed and persist when the path requires it. We love wide open spaces and campfires and the kind of quiet that allows you to hear the snow crunching below your feet. We believe in those who wake up every day to choose joy. And we believe in the underdog. We believe in always remembering where you came from. We believe each of us will – in time – do something really, really nice for the world.”

Artifact Uprising is kind enough to be giving away a $250 gift code to one Design Crush reader! There are up to SIXTEEN(!) ways to enter, but act fast because you only have 48 hours to get on it. (They’re also offering 10% off using code GIFTDAD if you’re shopping for Father’s Day!)

 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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May Favorites

1/ EcoBark Dog Harness
After years of searching for a harness that helped control my dog’s tendency to pull, as well as one that fit her broad chest/small neck measurements, I’ve found it. This thing is a lifesaver and the straps are made from recycled water bottles – bonus. (Note: runs small)

2/ Lemon Tree
Plants are therapeutic for me, and I picked up one of these little guys during a plant buying binge. I liked the idea of trying to grow it so much that I bought my Grandma one for Mother’s Day, too. No doubt hers will be five feet tall before mine hits 18-inches!

3/ Native Union Night Cable
This ten-foot long cable is amazing for charging your phone and devices while lounging in bed. The weighted knot anchors it to any surface, so you’re not left searching for your fallen phone when the alarm goes off in the morning.

4/ Elemental Coffee
My favorite coffee from when I lived in Oklahoma City remains my favorite 2 1/2 years post-move. The small batch roastery imports and roasts their own, and you can order a subscription service to show up on your doorstep. I highly recommend the Perusha.

5/ NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Red Square
A classic orangey-red that looks amazing on any skin tone, it’s been my go-to for a few years.

6/ Case Study Bentwood Tray Table
I rely on this tray table in the evenings, when I’m sitting on the couch with the dogs and either listening to records or half paying attention to something on television. It’s a great height and wide enough that I can sit crosslegged under it.

7/ Bebe drawn by Preserve a Moment
The super talented Susanne Kasielke drew my pup, Bebe, from a photo I’d shared in Instagram months ago. Her work is top-notch and I suspect it won’t be long until I commission her to illustrate my other pup as well!

8/ Tadesse Bucket Bag
The perfect bag for summer, its roomy interior provides so much space for essentials while the drawstring closure keeps it all secure. (It’s also available in a mini size and several colors of leather!)

9/ Yucca Plant
I had no clue that yucca plants could survive outdoors in Pennsylvania, or that I had three in my front yard, or that they bloom sporadically! Mine sprouted some tall stalks just about overnight, now I’m waiting for their white bell-like flowers to bloom.

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Michelle Benoit

 

Don’t you want to put one of these in your mouth and suck on it like candy? These mixed media installation pieces by Michelle Benoit combine lucite, wood, paint, and mixed media before being assembled, adhered, and recut into their final forms. The bold, saturated colors make my mouth water!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Panama Banana

 

The unofficial start of summer is finally here, and it’s time to take advantage of everything we dreamed of during those long winter months. Agota Rimsaite has designed the conceptual Panama Banana, a dual-purpose piece of furniture that’s meant for relaxing as well as playtime. Turn it one way and you’ll be relaxing in a hammock, flip it ninety degrees and you’ll have a soccer goal!

 

 

 

 

via Design Milk

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Hannah Ryan / Subwayhands

 

Some of the best people-watching can be done while traveling on public transportation, and photographer Hannah Ryan is on a mission to capture the intimacy of the New York subway. For the past year she’s been capturing one specific part – hands – on the Instagram account subwayhands. Holding hands, drawing, eating, and so much more is captured through Hannah’s lens as she documents her commute from Brooklyn to Manhattan and back again, day after day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Memorial Day

Lavender Bee

Taking today off to spend time with friends and family as we thank all Americans who have served our country and made the ultimate sacrifice while protecting our country. I don’t take it for granted, even in the middle of this bonkers administration, we’re still oh so lucky.

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Memorial Day Sales Galore!

We’re months away from Black Friday, but this weekend’s Memorial Day sales are nearly as good! If you’ve been hanging on to that tax return or waiting to pick up some summer wardrobe pieces now’s the time to take advantage. Check out our favorite picks and sales below!

1. Anthropologie // 40% extra off sale items for AnthroPerk members as well as well as 20% off full-price home and decor

Tripod Mirror // Musa Woven Lantern // Nashi Aqua Swirl Serving Set // Bright Heirloom Tablecloth // Peyton Pitcher // Woven Maya Beach Towel // Minimalist Teakwood Lantern // Vibrant Geo Hanging Planters // Painted Monogram Juice Glass

 

2. Target // up to 30% off patio, home, and furniture, save an additional 10% with promo code SPRING

Porter Mid-Century Modern Coffee Table // Emery Metal Bistro Chairs // Metal, Wood, and Leather Bar Cart // Stok Drum Charcoal Grill // Kilim Accent Rug Runner // Tall Lidded Vase // Mixed Fruits Doormat // 3-Piece Rattan Patio Chat Set // 10-Light Heavy Duty Drop String Lights

 

3. Overstock // Up to an extra 20% off garden and patio, area rug, furniture, and bedding and bath

Acacia Wood Patio Chairs // Outdoor Acacia Wood Chaise Lounge // Outdoor 3-Shelf Industrial Rack // Gavin Mid-Century Wood Counter Stools // Monroe Adjustable Office Chair // Hand Tufted Wool Moroccan Triangle Rug // Distressed Abstract Vintage Oriental Rug // Rialto Rust Faux Leather Chair // Hand-Woven Cotton Rag Rug

 

4. Wayfair // Up to 70% off

12″ Retro Wall Clock // Baxton Studio Sumner 5-Piece Dining Set // Brill Outdoor Wall Lantern // Coral Springs Arm Chair // Gardner Cabinet // Liliam Pouf Square Ottoman // Miro End Table // Phoebe Tufted Sofa // Vintage Metal Hanging 12-Light Sputnik Chandelier

 

5. West Elm // Save up to 30% on all furniture with promo code EXTRAGREAT, up to 70% off on new markdowns, and free shipping on select furiture

Benson 5-Drawer Dresser // Tiered Bar Console // Box Frame Dining Bench // Modern Expandable Dining Table // Mid-Century Daybed // Retro Wing Chair // Arlo Mid-Century Bed // Tiered Side Table // Drum Storage Coffee Table

 

6. Nordstrom // save up to 40%

Satin Kimono Jacket // Grid Hoop Earrings // Boheme Life Halter Bikini Top + Cheeky Bikini Bottoms // Simon Stripe Backpack // Hudson Zip Shirt Jacket // Leather Pouch Necklace // Good Resolution Dress // Faux Leather Trim Zip Backpack // Faux Leather Belt Bag

 

7. Of a Kind // 25% off select home goods with code HOMERUN!

Wild Honey Votive Candle // Resin Hexagon Placecard Holders // Bubble Candlestick Set // Jami Handwoven Tassel Coverlet // Topanga Rug // Citrus and Florals Framed Print // Accordion Ikat Throw // Loose Blue Stripe Planter and Tray // Guava Ring Planters

 

8. World Market // an extra 15% off and free shipping on orders over $150

Wide Terrarium // Black Woven Bamboo Pendant Shade // Black Matte Ceramic Mortar and Pestle // Copper and Wood Paper Towel Holder // Cactus Print with Gold Frame // Brass Pour Over Coffee Dripper Stand with Wood Base // Marble Paddle Cutting Board with Copper Handle // Adler Glass Wall Shelf // Mint Retro Metal Smiley Dustpan

 

9. Joybird // 20% off everything

Camille Pouf // Ellington 74″ Sofa // Carolyn Teal Wall Art // Justice Wall Unit // Elodie Pillow // Porta Floor Mirror // Newburgh Rug // Reese Wall Desk // Taylor Table Lamp

 

10. Lulu & Georgia // 15% off of $200 with codes HEYSUMMER15, 20% off of $500 with code HEYSUMMER20, and 25% off of $800 with code HEYSUMMER25

Gold Urchin // Turkish Towel // Doraine Kantha Quilt // Venice Beach Rollerskates Print // Nieve Mirror // Wilma Counter Stools // Sophie Print // Gold Tayla Mirror // You Better Have Tacos Doormat

 

AllModern // extra 20% off with code SPLASH

American Heirloom // 20% off with code MEMORIAL2017

Article // up to 25% off select items

Banana Republic // 40% with code BRSUMMER

Benchmade Modern // 20% off with code MEMDAY2017

Bunglo // 25% off with code BUNGLO25

Dear Keaton // 20% off with code Memorial Day

DENY Designs // 40% off with code FRIYAY40

Havaianas // 20% off everything with code SUMMER20

Leesa // $100 off with code MEMORIALDAY17

Macy’s // up to 60% off, buy online and pickup in store for an extra 20% off, free shipping at $49

Maje // an additional 25% off

Moda Operandi // 50% off select items

Net-A-Porter // up to 50% off select items

Old Navy // 50% off tees, tanks, shorts, and swimwear, free shipping over $50

Urban Outfitters // up to 50% off

Serena & Lily // 20% off with code AMAZING

Stowaway Cosmetics // 40% off with code 40SPLASH17

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Victor Reyes

 

Victor Reyes‘ dynamic paintings sort of look how the inside of my brain has been feeling the past few weeks. Plenty of color and emotion, lots of twists and turns, and and so much nervous energy you’re not sure where to begin. Needless to say, I love it all.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Shinola Runwell Turntable

 

I’m not sure how I’ll made due with my little turntable after seeing this one from Shinola. The Runwell Turntable was created as a limited run of 500 units and is absolutely WOW. It’s the Detroit-based company’s first audio endeavor – an American-made, solid aluminum, steel and wood, 2-speed belt-driven turntable featuring a modular phono pre-amp and a whole lot of oomph.

 

 

 

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