medium /// design




i’m jealous of andreas engesvik



Oooh, a forest of glass! And those gorgeous colors… modern, but with an oddly familiar feel. I’m sure my grandmother had objects around her house in exactly the same palette. Anywho, I digress. This beautiful work is titled “The Woods” by Oslo based artist/designer Andreas Engesvik, and was created in collaboration with Norwegian design studios StokkeAustad. I love this description:

“The inspiration was found in the forests and the lights of the North. A tree changing colours and transparency through the seasons is a fascinating process which was captured in this glass object.”

Kinda makes you want to see Norway in all four seasons, doesn’t it? Hm, well I can’t give you that, so the least I can do is show you a tiny bit of the process behind these pieces:

Sigh.

{via The Art Cake}





i’m jealous of nick & lilah




Oh boy. Where to start? This is so romantic, and so artistic… and soooo romantic! Ok, on their first date, while out for a walk in West Virginia, Photographer Nick Olson and designer Lilah Horwitz sat and watched the sun set from a hilltop. Yes, that’s already romantic… but wait… it gets even better! While chatting on that hill, they thought it would be amazing to have a house made out of windows so that you wouldn’t have to watch the sun set through one small square…. so a year later, and a lot of time spent at garage sales and flea markets, they built a cabin of windows in the same spot where they had that very first date. Told ya… love, love, love – on so many levels!

There’s a very sweet film about this artsy couple by half cut Tea - have a look:

{via Colossal}





i’m jealous of lee borthwick


Sigh… I would love to stumble across these mirror-covered chunks of wood while out for a stroll in countryside! London based installation artist Lee Borthwick uses “natural, organic and reclaimed materials, allowing the viewer to recapture the sense of reflection offered by dramatic landscapes.” Yes. Yes she does! Luckily, if you live in the UK, you don’t have to hope for a chance encounter with her work in the woods – she has recently been commissioned by Anthropologie EU to take her gorgeous wood/mirror/wire tapestries {each one is totally unique and hand-made by Lee} from the woods, to your wall:

Oh my.

{ps. if you live anywhere other than the UK, you can try contacting Lee directly if you want to buy one of her tapestries}





i’m jealous of rrrrrrrroll

I get motion sick reallllllly easily, but these beautiful & mesmerizing animated gifs are totallllllly worth it. This is the work of RRRRRRRROLL, a collective from Japan. There are five artists involved in art directing, shooting, and then animating these gorgeous, simple, muted, dizzying gifs. Lovely. Ok, I have to lie down now.

{via my modern met}





i’m jealous of little owl design

So, by now you probably all know how I feel about beautifully mundane subject matter, right? So when I find a project description that reads as follows: “This work is about finding the beauty in things that perhaps one might over-look” … yep, I’m in! All of these plate clusters are from a series, titled Altered Perspectives, by Little Owl Design – aka Bruce Wayland and Marcello de Simone. They are collaborating artists from the Netherlands with “interests are in Art History, Fine Arts, Fashion, Design, Culinary World, Horticulture & Travel.” Well, that couldn’t be more clear!





i’m jealous of emily fischer {haptic lab}

♥ City map quilts. Paris, New York, San Francisco… and your home town!

Gasp! So gorgeous! They are made by Haptic Lab, in Brooklyn. The company was started by architect/textiles designer Emily Fischer in 2009, but the “soft-maps” were originally part of an academic experiment in tactile wayfinding {2002}; the quilts were inspired by Emily’s mother, Peggy, who had begun losing her eyesight from complications of glaucoma.

There are cities from all of the world available on their website, BUT you can get them to make custom quilts! Your favorite runs at your local ski hill, your tiny town, or have your house/address sewn right onto your street! YES!!! {This is in bold so that you don’t skim over it, because you would hate to miss this part… I just know it.}

I already said Gasp, right? I just moved back to my tiny little home town, and you probably can’t guess how badly I want my town map laid across my bed!!! {Answer: Badly!}

But wait, there’s more… what better way to teach your baby a little local geography:

Love. So, so, so much.

{via Design Crush}





i’m jealous of stefan sagmeister

I’m just back from Alt Summit, but instead of doing a recap post, I have to write about this! Stefan Sagmeister probably needs no introduction, but just in case… he’s an Austrian born, New York based designer. As a designer myself, I’ve admired him for years, and at Alt I got to hear him speak. He talked about the in’s and out’s of happiness – it was fascinating, and to be completely candid, life-changing for me. He, and his “filming accomplice”, David Hillman Curtis {shown with Stefan, above} worked together to make a beautiful film, called The Happy Film. We only got to see 12 minutes of it {it will be shown in film festivals later this year}, but what we saw was amazing! The idea is that “in the course of a year, Sagmeister will experiment with various practices that are widely touted as increasing one’s happiness: meditation, cognitive therapy, and pharmaceuticals.” It was so interesting, touching, inspiring, and don’t even get me started on the typography!

I think that this film is going to be a huge hit, and I truly hope that:

……………………………………… but wait, there’s more ………………………………………..

i’m jealous of stefan sagmeister … part II

So, it’s not quite enough that he’s made this beautiful film, but he has also transformed his happiness research into an interactive art/design exhibition, quite appropriately called The Happy Show. It just left Philadelphia, and is now in Toronto at The Design Exchange {until March 3, 2013}… and I believe LA and Paris are up next. Charts that show happiness when it comes to marital status, free candies {Stefan’s favorites}, gum balls that let you rate your own happiness, and a lovely white stationery bike that reveals an illuminated message as you exercise… all perfectly designed, of course. Have a look:

Brilliant! You know what else is brilliant? This:

Yep! Not even the overly harsh lighting can take away the happiness I felt meeting, talking, and getting a smooch from Stefan Sagmeister!

{The Happy Show credits: CREATIVE DIRECTION: Stefan Sagmeister // ART DIRECTION & DESIGN: Jessica Walsh // DESIGN: Verena Michelitsch, Jordan Amer, Simon Egli, Martin Gnadt}





i’m jealous of garima dhawan

Love with a capital L! I saw that final piece, titled Painted Pebbles I, on Pinterest the other day {via Meighan O’Toole} and absolutely loved it… so, of course, I dug a little further and found a whole bunch of work by New York based textile/printmaker Garima Dhawan that I loved just as much! Well, maybe not quite as much… I’m about to pop over to Society6 and order this:





i’m jealous of haley ann robinson

Oooh, so pretty! I love these little painted objects by LA based artist Haley Ann Robinson. By day she is a graphic designer, and at night… well, I assume that’s when she paints these gorgeous little chunks of wood! All of this work was done for Totokaelo, a shop filled with lots of fantastic things {Dear Santa, I would like a chunk of wood with gold on it. Thank you.}





i’m jealous of putput

Oh! Look what arrived in my inbox a few days ago… sponge popsicles! They are the work of PUTPUT – a Swiss/Danish artist group established in 2011, and based in Copenhagen. They make, and then photograph some pretty fantastic things… like those sponge popsicles, of course, and these perfectly cut cinderblocks made from pink foam:

Yep. Jealous.