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Seth Damm Knows the Ropes

Seth Damm of Neon Zinn deconstructs, hand dyes, contorts and knots rope into wearable (and wicked cool) art.

Emerald City

Pantone’s color of the year is Emerald #17-5641. Get fresh for 2013.


We hosted the hostess. We met the woman who began it, grew it, ran it, and took it to the wall.


Paula Hayes is the “high priestess” of terrariums,most famous for her exquisite, high-end,ethereal artforms flourishing in organically shaped, handblown glass vessels.

And It’s On To The Next With Karl

Karl Lagerfeld collaborates with Swedish glassware company Orrefors.

Making it Right in the Lower Ninth Ward

Rebuilding the Lower Ninth Ward in New Orleans with an eccentric eye on the future….

No Particular Time

As adept as Twain was with the written word, he was surpassingly marvelous as a storyteller.

Jean Nouvel – World Architect

You know his works, now meet the man….

A Graphic Designer To Watch: Neil Kellerhouse

A couple movie posters recently caught our eye…

Ryan McElhinney Toy Lamp

We are just loving what designer and sculptor Ryan McElhinney is doing with his old toys.

Bokja: Richly Textured Beauties

Lebanese designers created a line of furniture that combines vintage folk with modern design, producing one-of-a-kind pieces of functional art.

The Bucky Bar

What’s the cure for a cold, miserable night? A couple djs, plenty of beer, & umbrellas.

The People You End Up With Stink

Simon Evans was always doodling and sketching as a child yet shunned the thought of formal art training. He spent time skateboarding on the streets of London.

Florae Fantasies

Daydreaming happens when we look at the mesmerizing images of Petra Borner.

Natural Order

This strange young Scotsman who wandered the land talking to rocks and flowers became an American hero – the “Father of the National Park System”.

Are We Where We Live?

Chicago resident Jenny Beorkrem, founder of Ork Design, celebrates this unique urban buzz with a series of cool typographic neighborhood posters – better known as Ork Posters. She has taken the utilitarian messages of a map and smartly spun them into deceivingly functional and striking diagrams.

Big Ideas

BIG is an architecture firm based in and practicing mainly in Copenhagen that has been churning out some pretty innovative ideas.

Not Your Grandma’s Crafts

The art of crochet has become an inspiring modern design element.

Wish You Were Here

Now, don’t you wish you were right here, right now taking a lazy summer’s nap in this dreamy hammock?

Who is KAWS?

KAWS has become an important figure in the movement of underground graffiti culture into the mainstream of gallery art.

Human eyes, hearts, and teeth.

We love edgy fashion. Especially the kind that blurs the line between creepy and beautiful.

Beautiful paintings by French artist Sandrine Bihorel

Crafting with Amy and Todd.

Todd Oldham and Amy Sedaris show you how to make decoupage tables.

Fun fabrics from Eley Kishimoto

We’re growing really fond of these fun fabrics from Eley Kishimoto…