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 }


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. }


Song and Dance Design

by Joanna on July 16, 2014


I’m always on the lookout for new Etsy shops to obsess over and Song and Design Design is my latest find. Hailing from Philadelphia, artist and designer Andrea Fairservice dabbles in fine art, fashion, and hand lettering. My favorite works by far, though, are her crystal paintings. This series started as a late-night doodle session that quickly became her go-to subject. Andrea says that she finds drawing and painting crystals therapeutic, especially as she explores the translucency and detail of each facet. In terms of tools, she keeps it simple: often, she finds that she goes back to a set of watercolors given to her by her mother long ago.

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{ Images via Song and Design Design }


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 }