It's always fun discovering new art, artist, and designers. Edmonds Art Festival brought forth a wealth of undiscovered creatives. From handcrafted soaps to elegant woodwork it was a lovely day for exploring the artistic culture of Edmonds, Washington.
This glorious steel owl by Abraxas Crow Company hovered graciously over the festival. I would have to say Gunter's up bring in Alaska has something to do with the perfection of his work.
Walden Lane Gourmet
I love the intricate artistry of Darlene Hardenbrook.
Larry Richmond Pottery
To the Left Artist Scott Kattenbaker and to the right a gallery of artwork.
Dwell on Design has proven yet again to be a wealth of design inspiration. From interior craftsmen/women to jewelry designers you can find just about anything your heart desires. Dwell is a showcase for innovation in design as well as a learning tool for those seeking to be more environmentally conscientious without losing out on style.
A few of my favorites are the custom craftsman tiles brought forth by artist/architect/tile maker Cha-Rie Tang. Her love of the Arts and Crafts movement is well admired in her work. http://www.pasadenacraftsmantile.com/
Then there is Laurel & Wolf, a place where professional interior designers are matched with clients in an accessible and affordable way. https://www.laurelandwolf.com/
Or how about the folks from GEOS creating recycled glass surfaces. I can't think of a better way to create beauty from waste. http://www.eos-surfaces.com/geos/
Colorhouse brings us non toxic wall color with zero VOC's, no toxic fumes or chemical solvents. These stunning colors can bring life to any space with the compounds that have been known to cause health risk. http://www.colorhousepaint.com/
Abundant in design inspiration there are too many good things happening at Dwell on Design to list. But if your curious you'll have to wait until next year to check out the goods or if you happen to be in The Big Apple in the fall you can have your moment in the candy store of design.
Delta Millworks - specialized lumber and millwork supplier.
I absolutely love this!
Delicious indeed! I'm all about the gold Marilyn wall paper. Trying to figure out how I can work this into my next design.
Flavor Paper - http://www.flavorpaper.com/
Matt Locke - Infrastructure Art
This amazing wall art is a map of California constructed of solid copper wire, stapled by hand on rotary-cut red oak veneered plywood, custom stained with jet-black acetone dye.
Sustainable design is an important part of keeping the balance in our material world. So these are a few of my favorite wine related creations that aim to inspire and lessen our frivolous waste.
I love cork! So much so that I save almost every cork from every bottle I indulge in. LizzieJoeDesigns makes great use of the unused corks.
Shop Here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/LizzieJoeDesigns?ref=shopsection_shophome_leftnav
This is a lovely way to make use of those used wine barrels that have served the excellent purpose of creating delectable wines. Wine Stave Crafts creates 100% recycled wine racks.
Shop here: WineStaveCrafts
A friend of mine is in a classic rock band and he asked if I would design a flyer for them. It's a humble piece but they band really got joy out of it.
There is a moment in the movie "Pride and Prejudice" (circa 2005) when Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy, after a sleepless night, are spiritually summoned to a vast blanket of lush green fields in the opaque mist of the early morning hours. Both characters are in deep contemplation of their unending love for one another when they find themselves convened in the grassy meadow. When Mr. Darcey (played brilliantly by Matthew Macfadyen) attempts to express his undying love for Elizabeth (the always striking talent of Kira Knightley) his declaration caught in his throat... "I love, I love (breath), I love you"... the genius of a pure human emotion is expressed. This moment of heighten sentiment triggers deep feelings in my emotional orchestra, with such intensity that I begin to cry (every time I watch this moment in the film and I have easily watched it ten times over). This same embodiment of feelings is expressed in me when viewing the graphic design work of Louise Fili.
The essence behind these emotions tell the story of something incredibly special; It's the mark of exception design. Louise Fili is a modern day romantic. Her work speaks loudly to her undying love of all things Art deco, all things culinary arts, and her love of Italy. Former Art Director of Pantheon Books, Louise is currently Principle of her own design firm based in New York. There are no words that adequately voice my personal feelings for Louise Fili's graphic design and art, but I will say that her work is a lush treasure of type and line. Louise's work speaks with true romance. She is the Jane Austen of graphic arts. I implore you to discover her brilliance for yourself.
Photo's provided by the office of Louise Fili, Kelly Thorn - Designer
I am from an old world thought when it comes to greeting cards, thank you notes, and messages in the post. I love the thought of receiving a personalized, hand written note in the mail. So you can imagine my delight when I stubble upon the path of Michele Carter who has been handcrafting cards for over a decade and right in my back yard.
The decor of these cards is elegant with simplistic beauty. Upon first glance my heart literally skipped a beat. I'm forever amazed at how the supple beauty of an alluring card design can make me feel. It truly is about the small joys in life and with designs rich in opulence such as Biellafiore small joys produce monumental sentiments.
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Stefan Sagmeister, Graphic Artist/Designer
I find myself drawn to Stefan's work because I see his vision for change (in the world and design) as being one of empathy, self-compassion, and a certain level of raw emotion. One aspect where his vision comes to play is in ‘fighting fear’, which is an idea I connect with all too well. As a creative I am always battling with the inner critic who uses fear as a tool to hold me back from innovative expression. (In all aspects, I feel strongly that fear holds us back from heighten and illuminated greatness.)
Stefan's introspection has a great deal to do with his voice as a designer. What I appreciate is he seems to take the time he needs for himself in order to be a better person as well as a better designer. By taking the time to journal or implementing a self imposed sabbatical it likely gives Stefan time to reflect and really see the world around him. In his book “Things I have learned in my life so far” he has taken what he has learn through his process and visually communicated it back to the world.
Stefan clearly takes his work personally, using himself within the work (physically) and in such a venerable way, I feel most graphic designers would not be willing to push themselves that far . By evaluating his thoughts through the process of journaling it allows Stefan continued insight into change and forward thinking. These elements are what make Stefan Sagmeister a compelling designer.
You've always been a friend to me and despite the occasional wireds and freaks I am still in love. Today I visited your furniture section, for no real reason... I'm not in the market to purchase anything... But I thought I'd look around.
Typically your emotions can be hard to read, on many occasions you post unwanted items and I fear these elements weaken our connection. But today you have given me hope. I saw a side of you that I haven't seen in some time. "Quality Furniture". I love this side of you Craigslist! ...And that wasn't even the best thing, you shared some things with me that you have never shared before and this makes me really feel closer to you. It heightens certain aspect of our relationship, you know what I mean?
POST - Rustic lodge Table (new)...
Mike Markley owner of Simply Rustic Custom Tables
I love the simplicity of the lines. Mike is a general contractor with an obvious skill for design. I love the wood finishes and versatility of these tables.
POST - Wine Barrel Furniture...
Fallen Oak Kevin Beasley
Can you say up-cycle with love? Kevin is a man after my own heart... why you ask, because he has brilliantly crafted unique furniture pieces from used wine barrels. My favorite piece of course being the wine barrel wine rack.
Simply Rustic Custom Tables and Fallen Oak, its for these reason CL that my faith in what we have is restored. You have regained my trust and my heart.
The Design Cookbook: Recipes for a Stylish Home – Kelly Edwards
A visual feast of appetizing and controversial design elements, just two of many aspects that make this book a great success. Kelly Edwards has skillfully taken design elements and broken them down in a step-by-step process. She gives us all the ingredients, spice, and character of various designs formatted in cookbook style. I think this is a fantastic way for the everyday home designer to explore interior design. The imagery of interior spaces are glutinous with elegance and style. The Design Cookbook has defiantly inspired me to try out some these fabulous recipes for design.
Check out what I found out in speak with the Master Chef herself…
* Who was your intended audience when creating The Design Cookbook? Can you break down the format for me? I wanted to create a book that everyone could enjoy. From the high-end designer to the DIY’er, I wanted something for every skill set. Actually it was my dad came up with the idea. One day I was telling him that I wanted to do a design book and he said, "Why don't you make one that looks like a cookbook?" I thought, “That's ingenious!” Truth is... people love to read cookbooks even if they can't cook. It's such a great approach to design. If you give someone a photo, a recipe and a list of ingredients it makes it so much easier to complete a room! I wanted to show people that with a recipe for a room, they can be their own designer.
* Where does your inspiration for design stem from? I get inspiration from other designers. I have about a million magazines. Whenever I’m looking for inspiration I turn to them. Some are even 10 years old. I can find plenty of ideas in all of them. Even if I can’t find something I’m looking for I may see a color pillow and think, “That’s the color I’m painting the room.” I also love Pinterest. It’s truly the Mecca of ideas.
*DIY Projector Art (pictured below) - Using chalkboard as a design element has really taken hold, what are your thoughts of the chalkboard as an element of design? Do you feel the chalkboard is a lasting ingredient in design or a temporary fad? Chalkboards have been around for over a hundred years. It’s slowly transitioned from the classroom to the home. I think it’s a classic staple that will be around forever, similar to school house chairs. I love them!
* How did you decided on the designer featured in your book? For me it was about getting a variety of different designers so there would be an array of different designs styles. If I did a book only on color, people who love rooms that are more neutral couldn’t relate to the photos. I wanted everything from mid century modern, to rustic, to traditional to be incorporated. Even though I have the most eclectic mix of designers in the book, I still tried to keep the photos consistent enough so that each page could transition in to the other.
*Are you formally trained in interior design? What is your design history before HGTV? What made you want to pursue interior design? I actually have a business degree. I was living in Chicago when I just picked up and moved to LA. My first job in television was sweeping floors for the set of the Power Rangers. I thought it was so cool. I knew I always wanted to work on the set of a design show though. I came from a home where Bob Villa was a staple on TV every Saturday and an extremely handy Dad. I learned everything from him. Eventually I started working behind the scenes on Design on a Dime as a Design Coordinator. Two years later they asked me if I was interested in co-hosting the Chicago team. The rest is history. It’s the most amazing life I could’ve imagined!
The Design Cookbook: Recipes for a Stylish Home is currently available at Barnes & Noble and Amazon. This truly is the perfect gift for any occasion, especially makes a great house-warming present. ;o) I encourage you to check out Kelly’s book (some of the amazing images from the book below) and for more about the designer herself check out Kelly Edwards inc.
"Design is conceived when an inherent need to be creative manifests itself into physical or visual form."