Motion Silhouette

by Joanna on July 23, 2014


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 }


Jay Street Block Print Co.

by Joanna on July 22, 2014


As a big fan of textiles both personally and professionally, I’m always on the lookout for new twists on my favorites. Upon discovering Jay Street Block Print Co., I realized I had something special on my hands. Designed in New York and made in India, these textiles are all about bringing attention to the traditional arts of handicraft and manufacturing. Most of the motifs are done using hand-carved, hand-placed printing blocks. The pieces that aren’t block printed are made with screens as a way to reduce fabric waste.

Jay Street Block Print Co. also participates in the Craftmark initiative, which “helps denote genuine Indian handicrafts, develop sector-wide minimum standards and norms for labeling a product as a handicrafts product, and increase consumer awareness of distinct handicraft traditions.” This alone proves just how deeply Jay Street has considered their manufacturing process while also creating beautiful textiles.

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{ Images via Jay Street Block Print Co. }


Maryam Riazi

by Joanna on July 15, 2014


Ceramist and artist Maryam Riazi is based in Los Angeles, but grew up in the quiet town of Shiraz, where learned about the warm beauty of nature. She carries this understanding of nature into her work and takes inspiration from the mountains as well as the creatures and plants of the earth. As an observer, it is clear to see how nature has inspired her pieces—from the texture of a planter to the hue of her glazes.

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{ Images via Maryam Riazi }



Netherlands-based designer Marcel OSSendrijver sure knows a thing or two about beautiful simplicity. While he also dabbles in furniture and product design, OSSendrijver—who operates under the studio name M.OSS—specializes in these handmade lamps. With their pastel shades, blonde-hued wood, and white cords, each exudes personality and charisma. There are three different styles available, and it’s hard to pick a favorite!

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{ Images via Marcel OSSendrijver }



Eye candy alert! Barcelona-based artist and illustrator Judy Kaufmann recently unveiled her latest project, Hello Pattern. With a wide breadth of clients such as Levi’s and Tattly, Kaufmann recently decided to try something new: She encourages the buyer of her patterns to apply them however they wish—for example, on textiles, paper, and walls—by selling non-exclusive licenses for each motif. (After you purchase a pattern, you receive a PDF with the artwork.) I especially love these prints as wallpaper for a kid’s room or even a collection of wispy scarves.

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{ Images from Hello Pattern via Bright Bazaar }