Strek Collective’s Norwegian Modern

Norwegian design at its finest! You know how much we love clean, Scandinavian design. It’s a winner because it always has a calming simplicity to it, but yet a level of rich, sophisticated detail. The work of brand new creative collective Strek Collective is a wonderfully modern mingling of contemporary and Norwegian design.

“Strek is a creative collective founded by four Norwegian designers with a dedicated approach to exploring the unknown and improving the known. The four designers met in Oslo and Akershus University College and began working together in 2008. The strong ambition to always improve has made it possible for Strek Collective to establish their work in the international market. Strek Collective is Stian Korntved Ruud, Fredrik Wærnes, Nicolai Gulliksen and Jørgen Platou Willumsen.” More on Strek Collective’s website.

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Crafstman Revival in Downtown LA

In the heart of downtown LA, tucked casually and nondescript amongst the graffiti and industrial buildings, there is a small group of craftsman operating under the name District Millworks. The only indication that there is a business in the building is an address and name on the door to the front entrance, however, once inside, you will find the outfitted design studio, workshop and showroom of dedicated craftsmen who are creating truly unique products that wear the descriptions rustic and modern seamlessly.

Specializing in repurposed materials, reclaimed wood, and metalwork, their pieces and installations are starting to pop up in restaurants, boutiques, offices, and showcased homes in LA and beyond. They are a young company from humble beginnings, and the team is a fairly quiet bunch, but they let the saws and their work speak for them. If you have the chance to slip in, prepare to be pleasantly surprised and take the opportunity to try out their custom built shuffleboard table or swing from the 20ft swing inside their showroom. More.

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Artist: Uno Moralez

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Combining low tech pixel art with wicked imagery, Uno Moralez keeps me coming back for more. Flying heads with evil eyes swoop down on Darger-like twins with butcher knives and bobby socks. Flickering lights illuminating bizarre ritualistic fetishes with bears, blue teeth and zoot suits. Reminiscent of Japanese manga artist Ito Junji, Uno creates some amazingly thought-provoking and terrifying images.

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Anna di Prospero’s Urban Self-Portraits

We’re very much in love with the combination of art and architecture in Anna di Prospero’s photography series “Urban Self-Portraits.” Born in Rome in 1987, she studied photography at the Istituto Europeo di Design in Rome and at the School of Visual Arts in New York. With her photos it’s hard to understand who’s the actual subject of the photo, Anna or the architecture. It’s this confusion that’s quite heady, it’s quite intense and wonderful.

The colors to her photos are also quite lovely. With a beautiful pinkish, creamy hue. It almost seems like you are looking at photos of another planet. They are refreshing. And amazing. See more on her Tumblr.

What do you think about this photography?

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Shop- All That Is Solid

When seeing a beautiful store-front like this particular one, it always gives me the bug to open up my own shop.  Imagine how much inspiration you would receive walking into a place like this every day!

‘All that is solid’ is a new multi-purpose space, recently opened on Osborne Street in Glasgow’s city centre.  It is part shop, part gallery and part meeting space.  This shop and gallery is located in the South Block studio complex by NORD architects.  You will find books, art, architecture, design and fashion.  And did you notice the fantastic espresso bar?  Yeah, you can get espresso their too.  We’re sold!

Found via Sfgirlbybay.

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Clever/Crafty: Satchel & Sage

Enjoying the colorful printed art, illustrations and hand-drawn typography of Satchel & Sage, made up of Gerren and Morgana Lamson, a husband and wife creative team living in Austin, Texas. Founded in 2010, we’re really digging many of their motifs, like wild, woodland creatures, feathers and of course creative/inspiring words in fun typographic lettering. Their 2012 Lookbook is full of a delightful many things, including lots of cards, gift tags, art prints, fabulously graphic pillows and our favorite: their artifact series (we feel especially enamored of the writer one). Overall they have some affordable and lovely finds for a modern home. Find more on their website or their Etsy page.

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Wearable Art: Air Tattoos

Just love the idea of these 3D, paper-like, geometric sculptures that you wear around your neck to create the illusion of a sort of tattoo floating in the air. The designers, who have started up a Kickstarter page in hopes of getting the funds to take this project off the ground, say their idea for this first came about when thinking about how clothes sometimes cover up beautiful tattoo art:

“On a sunny Sunday we were shopping and chatting about fashion, we suddenly came up with an idea that it would be great to decorate body with artistic drawings but not tattoo. When you wear clothes, tattoo will be hidden. We wanted to design something that can decorate the surface of both body and clothes. Then we began to create countless drawings and pick the best, convert them into wearable pieces.”

What do you think about this idea? Would you wear one of these air tattoos?

Images: Kickstarter page 

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H.O.U.S.E. Outrageous & Unbelievable Homes

At first we were a bit distracted by H.O.U.S.E., a book promising to highlight thirty-five of the most innovative and spectacularly real and wacky homes around the world. Why? Because there aren’t any actual photos of these real homes — only illustrations. But once we started flipping through the colorful pages we completely saw this book’s appeal: it’s fun and funny because it doesn’t have real photos in it!

Taking what could have just been a standard, usual way of presenting the world’s most unique houses, you get to see these homes described by an artist, and the homes are treated with bold color and humor! Though you might catch yourself googling a few of these to see the actual photo of a home, you’ll enjoy flipping through these pages to see how these homes are presented. Great for kids and adults, this would be a very colorful book to include on your coffee table or in your design book collection!

Published through HarperDesign (an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers) you can buy yourself a copy right here.

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Neon Folded Paper Scarves

Just adore the visual illusion created by these scarves by the Link Collective, on Etsy. A collaborative company of Japanese designs, we love that these soft textile scarves look like folded paper. No paper cuts here! Available in a classic and iconic black and white version, we’re pretty much melting over the neon blue and pink versions. Find your favorite here.

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Round-Up: Get Your Head in the Clouds!

Ever catch yourself daydreaming on a hot summer day while at work, just wondering when you might get to go play outside next? Or, enjoying a fun picnic in the sun or on the beach, ever looked up to spot shapes in those big fluffy white pillows floating in the sky? Secret: clouds look just as good hanging on your wall or adorning your tabletops as they do brightening up a blue sky! We’ve gathered an array of cute, whimsical, sleek and modern cloud designs, from our site and Etsy, for anyone feeling like they need some inspiration for a cloudy day!

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