Broken Things by Livia Martin
While I love pottery and the traditional look of my morning tea mug, I have to say these ones from Livia Martin are a unique piece of art. These are sculptures curated at the House of Propellers Gallery in London. The artist, Livia Martin, lives and works in London and earned her MFA in Chile. I love how she incorporated the delicate floral print into the melted-like porttery pieces.
Untitled (from the series Broken Things), 2010.
Porcelain, resin-plaster, enamel paint, varnish, transfer-print.
The Sketchbook Project. Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
This is by far my most exciting find while travelling to the Big Apple. The Art House Co-op is the home to The Sketchbook Project library. Here is a quick way to explain this great source of inspiration, thousands of artists sing up every year, they receive a list of themes and a blank sketchbook, at the end of the assignment everyone returns their sketchbooks and the Art House Co-op sorts them by theme and storage them in a library located in Williamsburg. There were about 10,000 sketchbooks this year and you can stop by to sign a sketchbook out. You can also visit the digital library to enjoy the resources and learn about artists all over the world. As a designer and avid sketchbook lover, this seems like the perfect way to connect with others and see how every artist views and interprets a theme. They are already planning a world tour where they will take the 2012 sketchbooks on the road for everyone to enjoy. For dates on the tour and to learn how to be one of the sketchbook art...
Here are some of my favorite pieces from the talented artist Aldo Bakler from Amstermdam. Everything he has in his website has that extra touch of modern and elegant styling. These are some of the most thoughtful pieces I have seen in a while. You might be wondering what some of these are, I'll explain so you really can understand why these are so great.
The porcelain pieces are a water carafe on the top left and a vinegar flask on the bottom right, their unique look and functionality are just fantastic! The silver spoon is the salt cellar and it's gold plated on the inside, the shape and finish on this is beautiful. Lastly the chair on the bottom left is a simplistic take on a low wooden chair. If you liked these you will love his website, click here for more.
The Garden Chair
This is an eyecatching piece made by Lisa White and Marc Patureau for the Interflora stylebook 2011. I like its originality and how alive and serene it feels. I know I can't keep a plant alive to safe my life so I will let the artists do what they do best.
With so much digital access, Illustration is sometimes seen as an older art form. The natural and organic look of illustrations really bring things to a simpler and more exciting level. The fact that an illustration is unique every time is drawn is what makes it so special. These prints above are from 1canoe2, they hand make every print using wood cutouts or letterpress. Their pieces are available on Etsy. If you want to see more of their posters click here.
This is how clutter becomes fine art. Michael Johansson is a Swedish designer who works on artful installations of things that fit perfectly in specific spaces. Everything about each installation is carefully planned, from colors to specific shapes and product. His work is so complex and simple at the same time. If you want to see more click here.
Here is the work of a Rotterdam graphic designer and illustrator that caught my eye. Jessica Nielsen has great taste for color and her prints seem really versatile for all sorts of projects with fabrics or paper. These are my favorite designs but Jessica has a lot more to offer, click here for more.
Side By Side
This is why Industrial Design is so fun and inspiring. Here is a design firm that makes a wide variety of products and they all carry a consistent sophisticated look. Clean and functional design that makes your home a better place. These are all from Side By Side, a German based company founded in 2001. The company employs 120 disabled workers in different departments, including 80 who work in the well equipped wood workshop. If you like what you see click here to see more.
When it comes to eclectic interior design Bokja is the first thing that comes to mind. They combine the most beautiful and traditional furniture design with bright colored fabrics. Bokja is a lead by a female duo based in Beirut. The pair shares a love for vintage furniture and ancient textile and tapestries. If you need a small make over in your home this is a really fun way to spice it up. For more of Bokja furniture click here.
Phil Jones On Threadless
These t-shirts are designed by Phil Jones and they are available at Threadless. His designs are real fun and light hearted, these are my two favorite ones, the Bunny Ears and Wake. Threadless is a great place to find graphic t-shirts, hoodies and prints; this is where many graphic artists submit their work to promote and sell their designs. For more on Phil Jones's line and Threadless click here.
The Selby and Phillippe Stark
Have you ever wondered what Phillippe Stark's home is like? Stark is one of the most famous product designers alive and his work is everywhere from living rooms to kitchens to accessories. I always wondered, where does one live if one's sense of style is so clear and strong?
The Selby, a photographer known for his portrait series of people in their own space, got to shoot Stark and his wife Jasmine in their house in Paris. Now you can see what their space is like and how he uses all sort of random items to spark creativity and keep his brain going. This place is not your everyday home, who else has a polar bear in their home? the y both look like a really creative and fun couple. The whole series of photos is available at The Selby. And to learn more about Phillippe Stark , click here.
Today is the perfect day to look at beautiful patterns and great use of colors. The Finland based design house Marimekko has one of the best collections of home goods. They are super playful and filled with bright colors. These are some of my favorite patterns in the bedding and fabric line, but they make so many other things that you need to see their site to enjoy it all.
The best part of it all is that Vertigo Home in Laguna Beach, California has the newly released Marimekko wallpaper collection. Each one includes their usual great designs and versatile colors. If you are looking for a new look in your home, visit Vertigo in Laguna Beach and you can see the entire line of wallpapers, gorgeous home fabrics and nordic design home goods....
This trailer home brings road trips to the next level. This is the Opera, made to take you on the road and keep you feeling at home. It's simple and elegant, this is the top of the line when it comes to trailer homes. It is made in The Netherlands and for an additional fee they will ship it right to your house! This trailer home has everything you need and much more. The design lines of it is innovative, elegant and functional not only when it's open but also when it's close. Check out more details here.
Kevin Cyr's Homes
Here are some really interesting designs by Kevin Cyr. These provide shelter to those with little money and the results are simple and functional. Cool ideas that push the envelop!
Happy Monday!. I found Bholu and immediately felt in love with their stuff animals and wall paper designs. Aren't these monkeys, frogs and elephants the most adorable thing ever? I love the simplicity and the idea behind it. They create beautiful products for your home while benefiting communities in need. Each piece is individually hand embroidered by a traditional artisan in rural communities of India, and part of the proceeds goes to Bholu Anganwadi Project which has now built a total of 8 pre schools in underprivileged communities. I love the work they do and the playful look to they stuffed animals. Check out their whole collection here.
Charming Wall Shop
Here is a great website that offers a collection of playful and colorful artwork. These are some of the many pieces you can find in the site. They are all really affordable prints and you can even buy them with a matting board or already framed.
The Charming Wall is a New York gallery specializing in a curated selection of open-edition fine art prints. If you visit their website you will see how much color, creativity and talent is in there to choose from. Hopefully you will find the piece you have been looking for or you might find inspiration to do some painting yourself.