Berlin-born designer Elisa Strozyk is the talented designer behind these wonderful ‘wooden rugs’. Elisa has a list of awards as long as your arm, including Elle Deco’s Textile Designer of the Year 2011 and 1st prize for the Salone Satellite Award, and her credentials certainly are impressive! We love just how unique and special her products are, and they’re not just limited to rugs but also lighting, carpets and furniture. They definitely have the ‘wow’ factor!
Every now and again you come across a website and just know you have found something super exciting. And that’s how we felt when we came across the site of Erin Cone. We love the combination of sophisticated, glamorous women and their awkward poses and unbalanced canvases. The beautiful colours give the works a serene feel which is a surprise given the stiffness of the compositions and the swathes of empty spaces.
Since 2001 Erin has had seventeen solo shows and has amassed a vast body of work. Born in Texas in 1976, Erin now lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico and continues to enjoy critical acclaim for her uniquely bold take on figurative realism.
David David‘s geometric collections are sooooo bold and colourful, that given half a chance (and a pay rise perhaps) we’d fill our homes with all of their stuff. We think their prints, cushions, beanbags, greetings cards, umbrellas and scarfs (phew!) are stunning. Check them out for yourself amigos…
How have we not come across Norwegian designer Magnus Voll Mathiassen before, eh? His client list includes Nike USA, Neenah Paper, Rune Grammofon, Microsoft, Buskerud County Council, Sony PlayStation, ESPN Magazine, and has been featured in numerous books and magazines as well as exhibiting at Chamount International Poster Festival and Somerset House. So how we have missed him we don’t know!! Pretty impressive stuff. We’re loving his striking, colourful portrait pieces and his signature style… it’s certainly floating our boat!
I came across these artworks by Erik Jones the other day and absolutely fell in love with his kick-ass women. I’ve always had an interest in figurative paintings, it was what I focused on during my art degree but I never produced the kind of works I wanted to. My paintings were always detailed, not quite photo realism but without any major spark or personality. I always wanted to be one of those artists so totally expressive with their line work, the kind who only painted half the person or included only a little detail and yet somehow the work is complete. Just messier. Less bothered with detail.
So I think this goes some way to explain why I love Erik Jones so much – the colours! There’s only half of the face showing! The paint splatters! All things that within my own work would have made me shudder but things that I totally admire in other peoples, THIS is the expression within artwork that I would have loved to create. Anyway that’s why I’m writing a blog and Erik is doing the painting.
Erik’s work has a sense of hyper realism created by using a wide range of mediums and the combination of female figures and nonrepresentational forms are said to mimic geometric high-end fashion. If you’d like to see further examples of Erik’s work you can check out his website.
We have some more gorgeous home-wares for you today – this time from Wales-based designer Sian Elin. Her patterns and palettes are just so vibrant, fun and uplifting don’t you think? Out favourite (though admittedly it’s very hard to choose one) is the Tress multicolour wallpaper shown first below.. but to be honest, we’d love our homes to be showered with all of her designs. Sian believes that “interior products are a lifestyle – they interact with one another to produce the perfect environment for a busy life”..and we agree wholeheartedly. All of her pieces are proudly made in the UK, and admirers of her work (other than yours truly) include Elle Decoration, Glamour, Easy Living, Good Homes, The Guardian, House Beautiful, Period Ideas, and Grand Designs. And – before we finish – she has also been shortlisted for the Guardian’s Small Business Best Practice Award, highlighting the best of British business. Hurrah!
Every now and then you see something on a website and you just HAVE to have it. That’s what happened to me when I came across this range of ‘Ruben and Friends’ cushions by Another Vision Design. Each cushion is made to order and eco friendly to boot, right down to the non-allergenic fibres in the plush inserts which are made from recycled plastic. They measure 45x45cm and cost AU$95 (around £50). And one will hopefully be gracing my sofa sometime soon (I might have to have a word with Santa about that one..)
The cushions are designed and made in Melbourne, Australia by swedish born graphic artist Therese Gustafsson who obviously has a great sense of humour, judging by the photos of the cushions on the Another Vision Facebook page!
Alongside the Ruben and Friends range Another Vision do also have some other cushion designs, a few are shown below:
Aaah these illustrations make us feel so happy, don’t they you? Full of childish naivete and subtle humour, the works of Aurelie Guillerey rock our world. As you can probably tell from her name, Aurelie is French and in a world where we have unlimited information at our fingertips, it is perhaps refreshing that I can’t find any information on Aurelie WHATSOEVER other than that she studied at Ecole nationale supérieure des arts décoratifs de Strasbourg, lives in Rennes, France and is from Besançon. Of course if I could read French I could probably tell you what she had for breakfast yesterday. But I can’t. For those of you who can her biography can be found here http://www.lamarelle.net/consulter/actualites.asp?ActuID=24705&LangueID=1&isactu=4.
Let us know what you find out eh?!
DIPPED by Wind and Willow Home is a special collection of modern housewares, not only elegant but also functional. This ever changing collection includes beautifully hand dipped bowls, candle cups, artisan wooden spoons, mini planters and treasure pots – and we can’t get enough of the sumptuous colour palette! The creative force behind the brand is Araya, whose background in Interior Design (and subsequently the economy crash) led to her to follow her dreams and set up Wind & Willow. And boy, are we glad she did.
We strongly believe that it’s hard not to fall in love with illustrations of an animal dressed up. So yes – Karine Fortier’s work is pretty much doing the business for us! We’re loving her adorable characters and soft muted palettes, and if her animals had been available as posters (alas, they’re not!) we’d have snapped one of these up already. But who knows – if we hear that these chappies do become available as prints, we’ll let you know. Karine, originally from Paris, now works from her garden studio here in the UK fulfilling a variety of digital illustration commissions. Definitely one to watch!