Monday, August 23, 2010

coralie bickford-smith

What designer/writer/lover of all things beautifully crafted cannot absolutely love these covers? I want the whole series, lined up side-to-side on a shelf, like a piece of art. Or as individual posters.

They're the work of this talented woman. Check out the rest of her work, it's all so good!

Friday, August 6, 2010

renegade craft fair :: 2 :: studiobenben

I must have spent fifteen minutes at the Studiobenben booth trying to decide which prints to buy. Do I get the little russian doll print with the umbrella, the camera, the ipod, or the fruity tropical drink? All of them spoke to me in some way. In the end, well, I got them all. Act now, think later, I decided. Sometimes that's the only way to go.

Not all of these were shown at the fair, but I also really love the eco-focused work that I came across on Etsy. The style is so gentle and pleasing that you almost don't realize that the potential gravity and importance of the subject matter.

And this guy has been around for a while, it seems, since the inaugural days of Etsy. Check him out.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

renegade craft fair :: 1 :: sara paloma

So, I kind of took a break from my blog. For two months. Ebb and flow, it happens. But, I'm back! And I have a bunch of cool stuff to share that I saw last weekend at the SF Renegade Craft Fair at Fort Mason. (On that same day, we also visited the Barney's Warehouse sale next door, but that sucked big time). For the next few posts, I'll show an artist or designer whose work I now can't live without.


What can I say? This woman's work is magical. Pure white, perfectly smooth, beautifully shaped vases that look like sculptured clouds. Nested bowls that seemed to have grown that way in nature. A single white wing hanging from a black wire. It's all so lovely and quiet, with its own sense of drama.

And, of course, she's on Etsy.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

arkitip + kapitza

Say that three time fast. Just kidding.

A couple weeks ago, I discovered Arkitip, a quarterly magazine that puts out limited-edition design and fine-art focused publications. The most recent one features art and photography by Serena Mitnik-Miller, an SF resident who just opened her own shop The General Store (which is so cute, I can't even tell you) and also works at/partly owns (maybe, I'm not sure about that) Mollusk Surf Shop just down the street. I find her work so very cool. These are from her magazine:

I also recently discovered a book from the type foundry Kapitza (thanks, Bethany!) that could keep you occupied for hours. Its pages are filled with designs using all their typefaces that are not made of letterforms but rather of geometric shapes. And the book comes with (yep, you guessed it) a whole CD of their typefaces, which makes the wait during its trip across the Atlantic and into my hands that much more worth it.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

j'adore french paper

et pourquoi pas, avec du papier comme ├ža?

paper/poster promotion, now for sale.

fun times with mod-tone

"bright and snappy!"
grid locked // distinguished panel // glazed and confused // cherry bomb // flocked up // chop sumo

Tuesday, May 4, 2010


I can't tell you how much I love this blog. It's divine.

There’s always something to be thankful for. From the important things like Songs You’re Embarrassed to Like, and Heavy Eyelids that Tell You When You Need to Sleep, to friends and family, love and loneliness, light and darkness, Leah Dieterich sets out to acknowledge them all. thxthxthx is her daily exercise in gratitude.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

on walls (and windows)

Some research on large scale communication yielded some pretty cool results.
Here are a few of my favorites.

QV Carpark
, Melbourne, Australia

wall decals

Lifestyle boutique Reed Space in NYC

Always a sucker for some good t-shirt design.

Design Cities
show in 2009, Design Museum, London

Monday, March 22, 2010

sarah thirlwell

How lovely are these? By Sarah Thirlwell in the UK.


"laminate me" bowls

vessel 1

half and half vessel

oval vessel 1

outdoor mixed media objects

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

2010: get your turquoise on

The color of 2010 is turquoise.

If you don't believe me, take it up with Pantone; it's their call. I, for one, couldn't be happier. After finding out this little gem of information, it didn't take me long to find House of Turquoise, a blog dedicated entirely to all things of that (and closely related) color(s). People, if I had to live in cyberspace, I would take up immediate residence on this blog. It's undeniably beautiful and has so much more richness and variety than I ever expected.

Here are some of my faves, although it was really, really hard to choose what I liked "supremely" versus only "a lot."

Pantone IS the boss, after all.

Turquoise Empire Chandelier

Ashlee Raubach photography from House of Turquoise's post today

"pretty food"

I might just have to suck it up and order something from Urban Outfitters now.

This color sold out a while back, but there are others by SparklePower on Etsy.

How can this photo not take your breath away?