Bookworm by Kartell Shelving
I love unique shelving! Surprisingly though, I haven’t really gotten creative with it at home…but for one of these days, I have several mental bookmarks stacked up. Why should the art on your walls be limited to anything within a frame? Why shouldn’t storage look like it’s not…storage? Kartell is one of those ingenious brands who seem to have solved the “storage as art” dilemma. The brand resides in LA and was born and perfected by Israeli artist Ron Arad, who studied at the Jerusalem Art Academy from 1971 until 1973 and then at the Architectural Association in London. The Bookworm bookcase is designed to flex into any shape you desire while staying durable and functional. These shelves are available in three different lengths, in five different colors: Aluminum, Glossy White, Black, Cobalt Blue, and Wine Red.
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Zodiac Paintings by Annie Clark at Minted
While I’m not much of an astrology buff (but I do collect crystals and have a slight fascination with studying chakras), I do have an undying love for the unknown and the cosmos. My sister went more into the astrology direction, and as a Virgo, I’ll read my horoscope every now and then or appreciate jewelry or anything decorative that features the Virgo design (and in case you haven’t seen it, I melted over C. Wonder’s new Zodiac designs). I do also love simple, minimalist art, and as mentioned in past reviews, elements in art that have high contrast against each other. Annie Clark is a San Francisco artist with a love for paper. She used to be a wedding invitation designer at a San Francisco boutique and built up her artistic career from there. Minted, an online marketplace where independent artists can come together, gain exposure and grow their businesses, features some of Annie’s artwork, including these pretty foil stamped Zodiac prints for your walls.
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The Kuu Lamp by Kerstin Sylwan & Jenny Stefansdotter
Sometimes the simplest designs are the hardest to find…and, to design. Even in web development and the graphic design world, which I primarily reside in, minimalism is a heck of a lot tougher than it looks. The designer’s mind is often a very, very colorful one that’s tough to tone down, so it takes a special kind of skill to keep a project simple by focusing only on the precise ideas needed to keep it that way. To me, it seems these simple items are even harder to find sometimes, as the market is flooded with a bazillion examples of artists all trying to outdo each other and sometimes, even trying too hard to be different. The more this goes on, the more I am attracted to the simple things that pop up from time to time. I like solids over patterns, colorblocking over ornate designs, just big and bold and modern. I also love creative repurposing, and anything that keeps unnecessary junk out of our landfills. I have been enjoying newsletters from Hem, which seems to have a way of making home decor easy. I always like interesting lighting, and a recent newsletter led me to artists Kerstin Sylwan & Jenny Stefansdotter and their Kuu Lamps.
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Zinteh – Circles
Trippy 3D LED Lamps by Zinteh
“If you’re open to innovation, and want to avoid standard thinking, you will definitely like the idea of this 3D effect light.” I think that’s the best way to sum up these stunning designs by Bulgarian brand Zinteh…I couldn’t say it any better. I spotted these on Tough of Modern recently (unfortunately, the sale has ended but I’d bet it will be back) and I had to share them! These are LED strip lights mounted on acrylic, and are energy-efficient, lasting up to 50,000 hours without overheating…but perhaps the most amazing thing about these, is that they aren’t 3D at all, but rather flat! I want to see one of these in person! Zinteh lamps are all hand-crafted, made-to-order, and are available through an Etsy store.
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Beth Hoeckel: HOME
Surreal Artwork by Beth Hoeckel
I grew up in a pretty scientific family…my mom and dad both in the medical field, my dad and sister both being huge astronomy buffs, and several of my childhood friends introducing me to geology, microbiology, marine biology, entomology, botany…jeez, you name it. I thought I’d definitely be a scientist when I grew up. My dad introduced me to computers at a young age (with the internet and AOL supervised when it was a new thing of course) so that threw me into the tech field, to where I am now as a web developer. But my fascination with discovery and the natural world hasn’t died…not in the least bit! With life tending to get more and more complicated and challenging as we grow older, the childhood innocence and time we had to pursue those fascinations we had becomes more and more nostalgic…I long for it a lot sometimes. So, when I read my regularly scheduled email from Fab.com, I was immediately drawn to these beautiful art prints on sale by Beth Hoeckel!
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Do I really need to say much here? I can’t even remember how I ran across this awesome Etsy shop, but I am certainly glad I did. How cool is this? If you’ve seen my blog for the last few months you know how much I love the individual artisans, and I love to support them! I think by now we are fairly familiar with the concept of “steampunk,” right? That is, a sub-genre of science fiction that involves 19th century or wild western steam-powered machinery. This historical fascination seems to kind of have a cult following, translating into clothing, conventions, movies…you name it, and I have no idea if it’s just popped up within the last few years or if it’s been an ongoing trend way before I became aware of it! Either way, I personally adore old fashion advertisements of all the crazy whimsical innovations that were cranked out in rapid succession (often without much thought towards them it seems) in order to fix all of the banes of everyday living. I find it both fascinating and comical and as someone in the print/design industry, I can’t help myself.
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I am one of those nerds…I graduated in 2006 from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo’s Graphic Communication department. I never knew there was enough to know about fonts to constitute two whole classes. However, they were fun! I love typography, and I remember it was way too easy to get stuck browsing FontFace.com for hours looking for the perfect font for a project (even if you already knew what you were going to use). Our department also had (and still has) an awesome collection of old letterpress printing machines which we got to use for a project or two, hand-placing each letter one by one. I cannot imagine doing this for an entire newspaper. Oy vey. Typography and letterpress art is a huge market, and I ran across this cool little Etsy store not long ago, The Motivated Type. I wanted to get a little more into the design world apart from fashion on my blog, so here we go.
The Motivated Type is an English company that uses vintage typography and subway signs for inspiration, which I find neat because I have a huge affinity for vintage advertisements. It’s amazing the power just a few words can have on us, and how artsy and eye-catching they can be without any photos or imagery to back them up. I always am attracted to things that otherwise would be seen as boring, spruced up in endless ways to become appealing. Maybe that’s why typography and me stuck like peanut butter and jam.
Words have tremendous power. They can make us think, challenge us and inspire us. Words can make us smile, laugh and push us to our potential. One phrase can make all the difference between walking away and trying again. And one sentence can encourage us with a lesson that we never forget.”
These guys have already gotten a lot of attention from the likes of Glamour, HDTV, PopSugar and more! We all get a little sick of the crap life slings at us from time to time, so why not stick a bit of motivational eye candy around the house to help keep your chin and spirits up? Isn’t it crazy how, when put in simple terms, certain situations or thoughts seem to become much easier to handle? I think we all need these reminders in our lives from time to time, cliché or not clichés…
The Motivated Type also has a collection of artistic pillows. I would have featured a lot more of the typography prints above, because there are a lot more awesome where that came from. So lets take a break from the big names in this huge world and give the little guys some love.
The Traditional Rug Meets Sculpture Art
When it comes to floor coverings, what comes to mind? Linoleum, carpet, wooden, tile…with maybe the occasional antique or woven rug here and there. I don’t like to consider myself too traditional…but I’m definitely modern…I like something different but basic, that breaks the mold or blends elements from several well-known, conventional concepts together into one (I was glued to watercolor and pencil drawing during my art class years, but mixed media was always my favorite). My eyes are always drawn to more blocky colors or geometry; I’m not really one for the antique, patterned, ornate look (I’m still trying to understand the current trend of flowery, printed jeans). So here we go with TouchOfModern coming to the rescue again, enlightening my eyes to the modern but awesomely unconventional from those who truly understand how to think outside the box…check out these carpets!
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The Tumbleweed Gets a Classy Upgrade
“By taking the old and turning it into something innovative and new, it’s like I’m giving life to a piece of history. I never know when I’ll come across my next revival but I know it when I see it.”
My mother told me that when I was little, it would take a whole hour to take one lap around the block, because I had to stop at EVERYTHING I saw on the ground to either examine or collect. Now, I’m not too different (sometimes to the playful ire of my hubby). Take me to the beach and I’ll come home with a handful of pretty rocks. I love appreciating things around me…especially things that would otherwise be seen as junk…I remember in school re-purposing things I found around the schoolyard like pencils, pens, erasers, you name it (Lana, thy name is packrat). I’ve always admired nature, particularly deserts…so “dead,” and untouched, and open. The desert staple, the tumbleweed, is something that represents isolation, abandonment, and maybe even death, but I always kind of thought the image of a tumbleweed bounding across a desert represented life, albeit small, or hope amongst a “barren” landscape.
A Scoutmob newsletter alerted me to this awesome artist that struck me due to the above reasons. Same Tree is made up of Nicole, Robert, and Jayne Boles, who all believe in repurposing — taking otherwise unneeded items and recreating them into something special. Everything is made in the USA to support independent artisans, local manufacturing and small business too! Same Tree offers all sorts of artwork to add to your interior decor project. Check out this repurposed wood made into furniture! They also make all kinds of different lighting, and my focus in particular here is on one of them — these beautiful tumbleweed chandeliers as part of their Native collection. Look how alive they look! I love them…they make me want to have a special room in my house dedicated to the ruggedness of the outdoors.
All chandeliers can be purchased here!