Oh, Olivia!

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Love this project by Sydney-based designer Olivia King. “Trigonometry is a concept packaging project that looks at the how an increasing demand for a greater user experience and interaction with a product can be met through a thoughtful design approach. Focussing first on establishing a bright and engaging visual identity for this idea, I also wanted to explore the way that an app can allow for a fully unique creation of an item that is tailored to the customer’s personal preferences – from colour, shape and material – and in doing so, elevate the value of the customer’s role in both the brand and its product.” Gorgeous!

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Maker in Milan

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Modern Botanics creates handmade, eco-friendly illustrated and hand printed goods; all using high quality materials like recycled paper, organic cotton, linen and non toxic inks.
All the patterns and drawings are created by the artist in her studio in Milan, Italy. (As always, click to shop!)

My desire to live, work and create in an ethical and sustainable way has influenced how modern botanics developed in its time.

I love adding vintage fabric to my accessories to make them even more unique and to re-use some beautiful old textile.

Most of my pieces are one-off or part of a limited edition.

This is what I stand for, who I am and what I do.

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original monoprint, 35.00
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linen tea towel, 18.00
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pocket journal, 12.00
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linocut art print, 35.00
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tribal pocket notebook, 10.00

 

 

Design for a Designer

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A remarkable collaboration between Croatian design studio Mireldy Design and Mateja Kovac, a Croatian illustrator and academic painter.

Mateja asked us to create a new visual identity and design for the promotional materials of her brand. We found inspiration for her new visual identity in her gestural strokes and the playful color palette which Mateja uses as a starting point in her creative work. With that we emphasize spontaneity and lightness, as well as refined taste in colors and shapes, by which the illustrator attracts us into her intimate world influenced by simple, day-to-day moments.

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One Does Like a Little Color

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In these wintery, bleh days, one needs a jolt of color, no? In times like these, I like to explore the blog, Love Print Studio, who always seems to have gorgeous collages to tempt my palette (see what I did there?).

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That Elusive Cool Factor

This video does a pretty good job of describing how familiarity + surprise combine to create trends people want in on.

Although trends might seem completely random, there are well-documented patterns to what becomes popular. A 20th century industrial designer, who created some of America’s most iconic looks, developed a theory of coolness that has been backed up by various scientific studies. Derek Thompson, senior editor at The Atlantic, explains the science behind why we like what we like.

Playful Pottery

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Just discovered these lovely, whimsical ceramics from Knotwork LA. Ignited by a “desire to create beautiful, useful things”, these pieces are made by hand & no two are alike.

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Long Oval Catchall, $78
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Tumblers, $48
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Camo Pitcher Set, $255

 

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Incense Holder, $24

Pantone’s Color of the Year 2018: Ultra Violet

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So there it is… Purple. Okay, fancy purple. Purple about which they penned:

Complex and contemplative, Ultra Violet suggests the mysteries of the cosmos, the intrigue of what lies ahead, and the discoveries beyond where we are now. The vast and limitless night sky is symbolic of what is possible and continues to inspire the desire to pursue a world beyond our own.

So, there’s that. Except… I dunno. I think of purple as being for Unicorns and my 10-year old niece’s new bedding, and gypsies’ scarves, and grape popsicles. Do I really want a purple couch? If I think about it – do I really want purple  a n y t h i n g ?

So I’ve done a bit of soul searching. And while I’m still squarely in the skeptic box, I’m opening my mind a tad.

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ABC Carpet – 8′ x 9’3″ Color Reform Spectrum Overdyed Rug, $3680
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Anthropologie – Bowen Chair, $1100
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May Day Studio – Letterpress Birthday Card, $5
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A Cats Life Pottery – Macha Tea Cup, $24
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Chanel – Nail Polish, $28
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Compedium – Here & Now Composition Notebook, $7
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Tom Dixon – Flask Oil Ball Pendant Light, $350
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Ultimate Sheepskin – 11″ x 22″ Mongolian Lamb Pillow, $86
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Anthropologie – Chained Prisma Mirror, $58
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CB2 – dip milky purple double old-fashioned glass, $5.95

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Fresh Flowers

It’s cold in these parts. REALLY cold. The kinda cold where you imagine maybe staying safely tucked away in one’s home until April or so. And so what I need today is a little happy reminder of things to come, in the form of an assortment KT Smail’s delightful floral illustrations. Ahhhh, that’s better…

KT Smail was born under the purple skies of Scotland and graduated from Edinburgh College of Art with a First class (hons) degree in Illustration. She now lives in Brooklyn, New York where she works as an illustrator, painter and art director.

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Spring Summer 2018 Color Trends – from Design Options

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From Design Options, a fabulous CA-based color forecasting company: a preview of upcoming interiors color trends for the Spring Summer 2018 season.

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Images courtesy of WeConnectFashion, an awesome company that helps fashion companies succeed through business networking, market research & fashion industry know-how.

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