|1. coffee mug nuff said at atlas past on etsy 2. vintage striped cup with saucer at the cupcake kid on etsy 3. wickford sea cliffs strip mug at kate spade 4. spare stripe mug at terrain 5. vintage bob van allen for mikasa stone china mugs at bright wall vintage on etsy 6. old fashioned bicycle coffee mug at atlas past on etsy|
Friday, December 16, 2011
Saturday, December 3, 2011
1. tiny michigan state necklace by Integrative Creations 2. detroit coney postcard by RebeccaMich 3. michigan mitten necklace-wooden by City Bird 4. paul bunyan michigan shirt by Found Michigan 5. vintage detroit map lamp by City Bird 6. customize your home is where the heart is-michigan by Lily Gene
Monday, October 17, 2011
Monday, August 1, 2011
Each ring of the tree is actually made of up of little animals, creating hundreds of little prints within a print and seemingly endless discoveries.
Aimed at highlighting "the responsibility we have in letting animal species thrive in their natural environment," Gary, Aaron and Khairul created this poster to speak for animals, who otherwise suffer in silence. It can be found at degree.
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
While the colors are playful, the pieces themselves are stunningly accurate and extremely detailed. Multiple layers of paper help to bring these objects to life by creating dimension and texture while the color scheme gives birth to a unified collection of nostalgia.
From Walkman to floppy disk, the Back to Basics series is created using sustainable paper and even the smallest of scraps. I particularly love the seams on the Nintendo controller and the floppy disk, which really make them seem like they are still formed from two pieces of molded plastic.
Sunday, July 3, 2011
Ingeniously exploring the ware and tare of a frequently used object, Jonassen comments on the destruction and lifespan of not only frying pans, but also our world. A pan is an object that gets used frequently, but is just as often overlooked. In the same way, our planet is so often seen as something we can use, and yet have little effect on. These photographs are stunning, but what really makes them memorable is their message: we can't keep using the earth for our own devices and expect it to remain brand new.
What I find the most appealing about these two pieces in particular is how the 'background' is so thoroughly incorporated into the composition that it becomes essential to the success of the piece, and yet, is still basically just negative space. For example, in Fallout 2009, it's as if the white 'stalagmites' are fading into a black background, while at the same time the black 'stalactites' are hanging over a white background. And in Cube 2008, you do not merely see colorful dots on top of white background, but instead a total environment of colorful dots interacting with the light and each other. In this way, the audience feels as if they are getting a glimpse of a living world, rather than a representation of a fixed environment.
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
|dino lamp at VOOS|
Anything that helps me become more organized, especially when it comes to all of those office supplies, is welcome at my house. It also doesn't hurt that the design of these LED lamps is modern, yet playful, and extremely multi-purpose.
I also love the idea of using it as a planter.
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
|more wiederverwertung (recycling) here|
Although I do not speak German, the work that can be found at herrwolke's website tells a story of extremely thoughtful design. Their pieces not only focus on the uniqueness that comes from using recycled materials, but also the ways in which users engage with the pieces, and how that modifies each item.
As their website indicates, their concepts are three-dimensional: changing upon user interaction and adapting to the environment.
Monday, June 6, 2011
|one million short stories giclee art print|
|group hug giclee print|
These by inaluxe are no different. The colors and the patterns are great, but what I really like about them is how they almost seem random.
There's no repeating reason as to why a certain quotation mark is facing the other direction, no reason that green fades into red in one instance, but blue in another. So while the overall design is balanced, these is still some randomness that keeps your attention.
I also love the linen-like background that gives them texture and even more depth.
Thursday, June 2, 2011
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
|asparagus cake by sweetapolita|
I can't even imagine how much time it took to make each individual aparagus stalk. All I know is that the results look amazing. I strongly encourage you to check out how she did it and to see more pictures at Sweetapolita.
Oh yeah, it looks delicious from the inside too.
Monday, May 30, 2011
|patrick kyle's stew maker|
|patrick kyle's shield bearer|
When I first came across Patrick Kyle's work, I didn't quite know how I felt about them. I thought that the color schemes and compositions were amazing, but I think I was most taken aback with how you can discover something new each time you look at them. They are incredibly detailed and yet it's like you're not quite sure what you're looking at. In many ways, they remind of Hokusai's portaryals of Japanese ghost stories.
|hokusai's kohada koheiji|
I can see both the stew maker and the shield bearer having complex back stories just like a traditional Japanese ghost story. For instance, kohada koheiji, which is about a man who is killed by his wife and her lover and as revenge comes to their room every night and peeks over the misquito netting that surrounds their bed. Or sara-yashiki, where a maid is bound and thrown into a well for breaking an expensive set of plates. Pleasant, I know, but extremely interesting.
|small black and red dish|
Cynthia Vardhan's ceramics are just that. I love the way that the patterns are almost so perfect that they seem mass produced and yet they have that handmade quality that makes each piece refreshingly unique. In so many ways they seem to blur the line between classic ideals and more modern aesthetics.
|black and white bud vase|
Sunday, May 29, 2011
|egg egg holder at the A + R Store|
Thursday, May 26, 2011
|Read more at Design*Sponge|
Simple, interactive, and absolutely stunning, the "This Many Card" by W + K Studio lets you color in the appropriate amount of candles for whoever you're sending the card to. This would have come in handy a few months ago when I needed to buy a seventieth birthday card and discovered that sixty is as high as you can find in most stores.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
|pocky earrings by mishibu|
The beauty of these pocky earrings by mishibu, however, is that for many, they are just another pair of dangling earrings. In that way, you don't have to wear them with your favorite Zelda t-shirt, but could actually wear them with a cute summer dress or out to dinner with friends.
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
|ice cream lamp at fredflare|
Anyway, I think this would be great in a way that only an over-sized frozen treat could manage.
Monday, May 23, 2011
|prince of wales island|
|the great lakes|
I recently stumbled upon crafterall's intricate paper crafts on etsy and was instantly smitten. Cut-outs have been particularly popular lately but I love how these pieces take the concept a step further. The added dimension that the layers create, along with the vibrate colors, make these pieces come to life. And unlike many that focus on the grid systems of cities, the organic shapes of these bodies of water seem to almost undulate and grow.
Sunday, May 22, 2011
|1. riveted diamond posts at anthropologie 2. coal geo earrings by a merry mishap 3. mint tea mini hearts at fredflare 4.colored pencil ear studs by huiyi tan 5. recycled skateboard mini skinny stud earrings by all deck'd out 6. gold vintage seashell studs by diament jewelry|
Saturday, May 21, 2011
|string art on wood by hownowdesign|
The contrasting colors are striking and the relatively simple shape is complicated by intersecting lines and added dimension. Needless to say, I think this would look great hanging on my wall.
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
|hot chocolate cupcakes by diary of a ladybird|
Monday, May 16, 2011
|silver elephant purse|
|gold hedgehog purse|
|teal alligator purse|
While I tend to wear pretty plain clothes most of the time, I feel like accessories are where you should be able to have some fun. That's exactly why tsurubride's shop on etsy is so fantastic. These bags act as great conversation starters and are sure to get you excited about going out.