Joanna

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There really aren’t many things better than great typography, especially when it’s hand-rendered. This could explain why I am so drawn to the type embroidery of Charlotte Smith. Based in Paris, Smith is a graphic designer specializing in type and hand lettering. In her portfolio, some of my favorites are these hand-embroidered sayings. It’s pretty spectacular what she can do with thread, don’t you think?

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Reversed Volumes Leaves

by Joanna on July 30, 2014

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PCM Design is a Madrid-based brand which showcases products by talented, young designers in Spanish schools. A great example is Reversed Volumes Leaves, by mischer’traxler. Each resin platter features the detailed imprint of a leaf. To make these platters, the designer made a mold of each leaf using casting material, thus capturing the texture of each individual leaf. The level of detail they were able to achieve is really quite striking. Each platter is hand-cast in Spain using food-safe resin.

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Textiles by Susan Connor

by Joanna on July 29, 2014

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New York-based textile designer Susan Connor has long had a passion for what she calls “authentic luxuries.” The self-taught designer and artist debuted her collection of softly-hued and relaxed textiles in early 2014. The collection is made in limited quantities, which allows Connor to expand her creative repertoire by constantly creating new designs. Inspired by merging decorative arts with a casual simplicity, the pieces have a touch of Bohemia while also feeling modern. Connor uses linen for the pillows and throws, making the pieces durable, yet lightweight and luxurious. Lastly, the motifs that adorn each piece are hand-printed in Brooklyn, lending a natural variation to the artwork.

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{ Images via Susan Connor }

 

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As noted last week, I’m a big proponent of taking inspiration and design cues from crystals, which is something that Niche Modern has done for their new lighting collection, Crystalline. They’ve introduced four new stylesAxia, Calla, Delinea, and Trove—all featuring bold angles, saturated coloring, and modern sensibilities. Plus, with different options for the light bulb, you can further create your own aesthetic. Each glass pendant is hand-blown in New York. Personally, I love the combination of the edgy Trove pendant with a vintage-inspired tubular Edison bulb, but grouped in a cluster over my (non-existent) dining room table. Hey, a girl can dream, right?

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{ Images from Niche Modern via Design Milk }

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Motion Silhouette

by Joanna on July 23, 2014

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Shadow play can be truly magical—something that Japanese designers Megumi Kajiwara and Tatsuhiko Niijima explore in their Motion Silhouette book. By experimenting with pop-up pages, illustration, and gray scale, the duo has created something special and exciting. With this project, they sought to convey “changing the perception of the book using its surroundings’ and plays with shadows and light to create an ever changing landscape.” As the reader turns the page, new worlds are created based on the position of the page and the surrounding light, making this a book that evolves with the reader. All I know is that you don’t have to be a child to enjoy pop-up books now!

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{ Images via Motion Silhouette via This Is Colossal }

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