(*via Design Milk)
Aren’t these incredible? David Oliveira is a Portuguese artist who makes these sketch-like wire sculptures.
(*via Okay Great)
The Sill (via @kingsleyharris) combines carefully chosen houseplants (especially suited for city dwellers) with unique and artist-made pots. There are a lot of wonderful ideas for wedding, host/ess or housewarming gifts.
Above, the Jean Gerard, Ghost plant, pot handmade in Manhattan ($160).
The Wilder, ZZ plant, pot made in Los Angeles ($110):
Celia, Arrowhead plant, pot made in Portland, OR ($98):
Sydney Park, Arrowhead plant, made in Brooklyn ($160):
And Eley, Haworthia plant, pot made in Manhattan ($48):
Fantastic paper bird sculptures by artist/industrial designer Diana Beltran Herrara!
(*via Pattern Pulp)
Photographer/filmmaker Dustin Cohen started a video series entitled Made in Brooklyn, documenting different Brooklyn makers and creators. This is one of my favorites, documenting Sam Zygmuntowicz and his hand-crafted violin shop. Dustin invited me to be a part of this series as well, which I’ll be sure to share when it’s finished!
Of course, there’s the oldie but goodie, Ukranian painted eggs, “Pysanka.” The word pysanka is based on the word to write, since the patterns are written onto the egg in wax.
Very cool neon dip-dyed eggs by Oh Joy!.
And in beautiful contrast, these naturally dyed eggs from Door to Door Organics.
This floating cabin is an art project called “Manifest Destiny!” by Brooklyn based artist Mark Reigelman, with architect Jenny Chapman and engineer Paul Endres. It is a temporary installation (through October 2012) of a cabin placed on the side of a building in downtown San Francisco at 446 Bush Street.
The installation’s concept statement:
Manifest Destiny! is about our God-given imperative as modern explorers, to seek out parcels of unclaimed territory and boldly establish a new home front in the remaining urban voids of San Francisco.
Beautiful handmade boxes for an individual ring. By Oh Dier on Etsy. $38 each.
(*via my pal Alicia! and Shiny Squirrel)
This wedding was so much fun to work on. Paperfinger got to create so many different paper details…
Alice and Ben are a wonderful New York couple whose hearts lie also with Martha’s Vineyard. They met on the island, both families having spent a lot of time there. The wedding was held in April on Alice’s mother’s beautiful property in Chilmark. The landscape there naturally dictated the aesthetic of all the wedding design. All the pieces I created tied together a classic, elegant calligraphy script, a soft hand-lettered serif caps — all in shades of dark purple and grey, exactly the colors you see in the environment of Martha’s Vineyard.
They lucked out with gorgeous weather and here are some photos of the wedding, with special attention to the pieces I created. The entire wedding was featured this month on Style Me Pretty — check it out to browse the full gallery and read about all the details. All photography by Shawn Connell of Christian Oth Studio.
In addition to their save the dates and rehearsal dinner invitations, I created:
Folded, multi-page welcome booklets
These awaited each guest in their hotel, with a welcome message from the couple, complete schedule details, an illustrated map of the island, even a pocket sleeve for hand-calligraphed coupons at local eateries. The stone wall on the cover came from the illustration I did for the save the date.
A light grey hand-lettered menu with each guest’s name individually written on top in deep purple:
Escort cards, table numbers and signage:
And here are a few other beautiful moments from the wedding:
Photos courtesy of Shawn Connell of Christian Oth Studio.
Another great discovery at Summit Series was Woodsmithe, the Los Angeles-based woodworking and design team that created a huge array of installations and materials for the conference. They are wonder-workers, nice people and produce some really beautiful stuff.
Here are some images from Summit as well as some shots of their other work.