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Monday June 16th, 2014

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Katy Skelton’s Zelda Table

When I think back to this year’s BKLYN Designs show, one piece stands out in my mind: Katy Skelton‘s Zelda Table. It has all the elements that I love in a great piece of furniture: simplicity, well-chosen materials and a pop of metallic detail that makes my eye return over and over again. As part…

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Thursday June 12th, 2014

Wednesday June 11th, 2014

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New: Wooden Mobiles from Fort Makers

After 10 years of blogging about products, I feel the need to dive a little deeper with each one. Rather than only posting the basics (cost/where to buy), I want to hear more about what inspired a piece, what the design process was like and get to know the people behind the product. Fort Makers…

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Wednesday June 4th, 2014

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Surtex 2014: Where Patterns Rule

Over the past few years there’s been a noticeable change in the pattern trade show world. For years I would go from booth to booth explaining who I was, what I do and handing out business cards in hopes that someone would let me feature their work on Design*Sponge. But as pattern copying, especially with…

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The National Stationery Show: So Much More Than Cards

Non-stationery goods being sold at the National Stationery Show is alternately one of the weirdest and best parts of the whole week. While on the one hand it can mean crazy whirligigs flying above booths stocked with Halloween masks and giant Miley Cyrus posters, it also means great independent booths displaying handmade cutting boards, colorful…

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Friday May 30th, 2014

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Twigg’s Bindery

After 10 years of covering the National Stationery Show, few booths have ever jumped out at me the way Twigg’s Bindery did this year. Max and I split up trade show duties this year and when I went back to cover the rows left on our list, I was thrilled to find that mine included…

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Thursday May 29th, 2014

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Design Week Recap: Max’s Stationery Favorites

Above: One of Margins’ beautiful moon phase calendars. Over the past few days, I’ve been calling out some of my favorite emerging trends from this year’s Design Week and National Stationery Show. So far, we’ve taken a look at 2014’s slew of canine-covered stationery and the new tropical color palette we saw everywhere. Some of my favorites…

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Wednesday May 28th, 2014

Friday May 23rd, 2014

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A Genius Take On The Oversized Calendar + Weekly Wrap-Up

Top photo photographed by Chelsea McNamara and styled by Randi Brookman Harris. Every time December rolls around, I begin the frantic process of hunting down one of Massimo Vignelli’s iconic Stendig Calendars before they’re sold out. My love for this calendar is twofold—for starters, you simply cannot beat its simple, striking design and celebration of modern typography. Secondly, once each…

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Thursday May 22nd, 2014

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ICFF 2014: Lighting

Lighting at ICFF has become one of the most guaranteed categories to impress each year. Designers seem to go all out for showstopping pieces that hang dramatically from the ceiling or jut out beyond their booth borders with strong angles or branches that reach out toward visitors. Designers like Mary Wallis and Bec Brittain celebrated…

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Design Week Recap: Sight Unseen Offsite

After lying dormant for the past decade or so, Postmodernism—that oft-maligned, oft misunderstood style that pervaded design from the late 1970s through the 1990s—seems to be back (with a vengeance)! We’ve seen whisperings of this trend over the past year or so, but the makings for a full-on movement became apparent at this week’s Sight Unseen Offsite show in Manhattan. The exhibition, which…

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Wednesday May 21st, 2014

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ICFF 2014: Textiles + Rugs

I’m always drawn toward the textiles at ICFF, but this year there weren’t quite as many eye-catching pieces as I’d hoped. I think wallpaper has taken some of the pattern excitement away from textiles and into the world of paper, but there were still some great pieces to found. I particularly loved the way pattered…

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Tuesday May 20th, 2014

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ICFF 2014: Wallpaper + Wallcoverings

Pattern is always on my mind when I walk into ICFF every year. Where can I find it, who will come up with something original and what will be the big trends? And this year the message was clear: digital is king. While there were a few beautiful hand-printed and hand-drawn options, the majority of…

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ICFF 2014: Leather Switch Plates from Canoe

Yesterday I left ICFF and Surtex feeling happy. Happy that after two years of shows that felt thin and full of only large-scale manufacturers we don’t typically cover here, the show seemed to be bigger and independent design had a larger presence again. Over the next few days I’m going to be breaking down my…

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Friday May 16th, 2014

Tuesday May 13th, 2014

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BKLYN Designs 2014

Over the past ten years, design in Brooklyn has changed dramatically. My very first posts on Design*Sponge were inspired by and dedicated to the exciting and innovative independent designers that were filling every garage, studio and pop-up shop in the borough. Student designers were informing and shaping the design landscape along with self-taught artists and…

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Star Cards

Last night was our first hot night in Brooklyn and while I don’t enjoy overheating, I sort of love that first day when you sleep on top of your sheets and put a fan in the window. It instantly brings me back to my first summer in Brooklyn and wondering how anyone could fall asleep…

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Monday May 12th, 2014

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Knot & Grain Wallpaper

When I first started Design*Sponge, faux bois and wood grain designs were everywhere. From more sophisticated designs to dramatically over the top kitschy wood grain, I felt like every other post involved wood grain in some way. Thankfully the style took a bit of a break and has come back recently in more elegant and…

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Monday May 5th, 2014

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2014 Wallpaper from Juju Papers

This week marks the kickoff of Design Season in NYC. Friday is the start of BKLYN Designs and then after that we go into overdrive with ICFF, The National Stationery Show, Surtex and just about every amazing offsite show you can dream of. I’m always most excited to meet designers in person that we’ve been…

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