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Friday August 22nd, 2014

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Knit Wit: A New Magazine About A Timeless Craft

The art of textile making is one of the world’s oldest, a pursuit that has followed practically every civilization since the dawn of mankind. With the potential for functionality and beauty, textiles have served both our physical and emotional needs, weaving together generations, communities and entire cultures through their communicative and connective power. We here at Design*Sponge don’t…

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Tuesday August 19th, 2014

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Rebecca Atwood Fall/Winter 2014 Collection

I know there’s no such thing as overnight success (there is always an immense amount of behind-the-scenes work we don’t see), but Rebecca Atwood seems to have been a hit from the second her website launched – and our entire DS team happily counts itself among her first fans. Rebecca’s debut collection felt like a…

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Friday August 15th, 2014

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Setting The Mood: Blue Crush

If there is any slight downside to working for a design website, it’s that I am often confronted with requests (oftentimes urgent) for interior design advice. “Can you come over and tell me what to do with my apartment?” a friend might ask over coffee. Or, “Can you send me a list of things to buy…

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Thursday August 14th, 2014

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Behind WWAKE’s Opal Earrings

Growing up, I was always a little disappointed that my birthstone was an opal. I wished it was something fancier like April’s diamond or something a bit more colorful like July’s ruby. But lately, the opal had been everywhere, and I’m feeling a little more friendly toward October’s birthstone. I was introduced to WWAKE on…

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Wednesday August 13th, 2014

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S’Well Bottles

My brain seems to be fundamentally incapable of staying committed to the simple, but important, task of staying hydrated. I’ve tried setting myself a “drink water” timer, making drinking a game with the FitBit app and even tricking myself into drinking more water by flavoring it with everything from cucumbers to fresh blackberries. While the…

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Friday August 8th, 2014

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Lena Corwin Tie-Dye Quilt

I love my borough, but Brooklyn has been a little less colorful since Lena Corwin moved back to San Francisco. Forever my textile idol, Lena has been designing (and illustrating) the most inspiring and beautiful patterns and textiles for years and her work will always be at the top of my “must have” list. Lena…

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Hollywood Hills by Print Club Boston

Sometimes a photo isn’t all it appears to be. Like the infamous close-up picture quizzes you would get in grade school (it’s a fly’s eye!), sometimes perspective and framing can make the subject of a photo appear completely different. The same concept inspired artist and Print Club Boston founder Elizabeth Corkery when she was working during…

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Wednesday July 16th, 2014

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15 Flora & Fauna Wallpapers

I was so inspired by the Audubon Society app I downloaded last week that I decided to connect my life of the great outdoors with my love of design. All of the gorgeous wildflowers and birds that surround our homes can serve as decoration (in print form of course) inside, too. So if you can’t…

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Friday July 11th, 2014

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Aimee Wilder’s Bungalow Wallpaper Collection

Over the past several months, we’ve witnessed what appears to be a huge shift in terms of decorative motifs in the design community. Many designers, possibly weary of the abstract and Western-centric motifs that have dominated imagery and ornament in design for the past several years, are instead turning their heads to a different source of inspiration: the…

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Thursday July 3rd, 2014

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Sean Woolsey’s Haack Table

Because of the comparatively higher prices of good, handcrafted designer furniture pieces, there is a somewhat misguided belief that they should be treated almost like fragile pieces of artwork in a museum—admired from afar and rarely touched. This way of thinking, however, discounts the very reason for buying quality, well-constructed pieces to begin with: their durability. This…

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Monday June 30th, 2014

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Calico Wallpaper’s Aubergine Wallpaper

Formed in 2012 by friends Rachel Mosler and Nick Cope, Calico Wallpaper is a company that defies preconceived notions of what wallpaper is and how it is made. A far cry from the toile patterns and repeating floral motifs often found in mass-market papers, the designs produced by Moser and Cope are based on handcrafted,…

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Thursday June 26th, 2014

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City Drop Cuts by Pop Chart Lab

The design world seems to have no shortage of love for specific geographic areas. Whether it’s a regional print celebrating the flora of California or a poster touting the delicious produce of Florida, shops seem to be bursting with artwork celebrating artists’ favorite cities and states. One of my favorite new additions to the theme…

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Our 15 Faves for Summer Entertaining

Above image: Our recipe for Strawberry Floats July 4th is right around the corner and, with it, the beginning of the summer entertaining season! Whatever your Independence Day plans might be, chances are you will find yourself in the great outdoors—grilling in the backyard, swimming at the beach, picnicking at the park, or enjoying the obligatory…

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Wednesday June 25th, 2014

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Patrick Weder’s Honeycomb Light Sculptures

The line between art and design is oftentimes blurry and very much up for debate. Some designers eschew the “art” label, viewing design as purely functional, meant to fade into the background whilst solving everyday problems. Others, however, choose to toe the line between art and design, creating objects that simultaneously serve practical and intangible purposes….

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Monday June 23rd, 2014

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Brendan Ravenhill’s Grain Barrel Light

Some of our favorite designs are ones that exhibit, as architect Robert Venturi would put it, complexity and contradiction—objects that are not only beautiful, but able to play with our perceptions and contribute to the greater design discussion. Brendan Ravenhill’s recently released Grain lighting series does just this. Constructed from materials like spun aluminum, these lamps are…

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Wednesday June 18th, 2014

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Erin Guido’s Pick-Me-Up Prints

When it comes to artwork, I like very different things at home and at work. At home, I like calm, serene photos of water and fields or simple photographs of places that mean something special to me. But when it comes to my work space, I like the art around me to be uplifting. Whether…

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Tuesday June 17th, 2014

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10 Planters To Brighten Your Garden

This year I seem to have finally made it into the safe zone with my at-home herb garden. The Bellocq Tea team gave us a stunning footed planter as a gift last year (the one above – full of paperwhites!) and Julia and I bought a mix of mint, rosemary and thyme to grow inside…

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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