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by Grace Bonney


Next week, D*S is launching a special limited-edition print project in select stores across the country, and while I’m SUPER psyched about how it turned out, I’m a tiny bit bummed that I couldn’t get one spread to come to life. After spending a few days in Miami at the Raleigh Hotel, I became obsessed with vintage pools. I hunted them down like crazy and planned to turn them into a pull-out illustration as part of our print project. Sadly, there weren’t enough pools as awesome as the Raleigh to make a full illustration, but it turns out another artist found a way to create something similar and even more beautiful.


While reading on NPR, I discovered a fantastic post on an artist using Google Earth images to create gorgeous digital collages. Jenny Odell created her “Satellite Collections” series by compiling images of pools (my favorites), airplanes, stadiums and waste ponds (among others). I love how these seemingly simple and everyday satellite images are elevated to something much more beautiful with Jenny’s keen eye for color and composition. I could stare at the pool image all day. If I never get to create my illustrated pool print, at least I can gaze at these blue collages. Click here to check out the original article on NPR and here to see Jenny’s work online. xo, grace

*Okay, I couldn’t let my pretty pools go, so I’m sharing my favorites after the jump. How amazing are those Florida and cat-shaped pools? Too bad they don’t exist anymore. Bummer.


Image above: The Raleigh Hotel pool


Image above: Florida pool at Cyprus Gardens


Image above: Jayne Mansfield’s old heart-shaped pool


Image above: The 50s-era cat-shaped pool at the Fontainebleau

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