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20 Jan 21:36

Samaná: A Joint Collaboration That Celebrates the Ritual of Coffee

by Vy Tran

Samaná: A Joint Collaboration That Celebrates the Ritual of Coffee

Named after a coffee region between Bogotá and Medellin, Samaná is a collaborative project between Mexican designer José Bermúdez and Columbian designers Vrokka and Fango Studio that beautifies the ritual of making coffee.

There are two parts to the project. First, the Samaná container made from solid ash wood houses all the coffeewares in the collection and is inspired by the shape of the wooden boxes used by coffee growers. The height of the container is a nod to Mexican cantinas where people meet to drink and chat; the same idea can be applied to this container while making coffee. A leather tab opens the container up to the coffeewares which can be placed on the container’s steel top.

The second part of the project are the Samaná coffeewares. These coffee accessories are made from ceramic and solid oak wood and use the drip method to brew coffee, creating a more intimate bond between the user and the coffee ritual.

20 Jan 16:53

On the Street….All White, Paris

by The Sartorialist
Jimena Azpeitia

llevo 200 post del sartorialist poniendome al día despues de mucho de no verlo y mana… la acualeta esta por todos lados!



I’m always jealous of people that can wear all-white with such confidence and ease.


I’d always be checking if I spilled something or sat in something.


Maybe the smart way ,for me, to wear all-white is to wear it for short, specific events (with very little food served) like maybe an exhibit opening or ballet performance.

19 Jan 21:29

Multi-ccino Mug

by Katie

What’s the best gift for a coffee-drinking perfectionist? This Multi-ccino Mug, that’s what. The borosilicate glass mug has indicators printed on the outside for customizing proportions of espresso, milk, and water for the perfect brew. Do take note it’s currently on backorder (boooo) so don’t count on it for this holiday’s gift-giving exchange.

Multi-ccino Mug

17 Jan 03:42

Accidentally Wes Anderson

by skinnylaminx

Have you heard about the @accidentallywesanderson Instagram account, featuring photographs of real-life places that manage to encapsulate the peculiarly specific aesthetic that filmmaker Wes Anderson has claimed as his own, in movies like The Royal TenenbaumsMoonrise Kingdom, or The Life Aquatic.  The site founder, Wally Koval, explains that a common thread connects all the images featured: “Each photo must have a symmetrical composition, a typically pastel color palette, and a touch of nostalgia”.

I came across the account while in Jaipur with Ace Camps, and it changed my whole photographic approach to the Pink City. Usually I spend time noticing closeup details of shadows and colour juxtapositions, and suddenly my eye became more tuned to see bigger pictures and symmetrical scapes.

I’m not sure that any of my photos would be picked to be featured on @acccidentallywesanderson, but here they are for your consideration and pleasure:

Diggi Palace. Photo: Heather Moore

marble carving in Jaipur Photo: Heather Moore

Diggi Palace. Photo: Heather Moore

marble carving in Jaipur Photo: Heather Moore

Silver paper makers Photo: Heather Moore

Marble carving in Jaipur Photo: Heather Moore


India eyes Photo: Heather Moore

Diggi Palace. Photo: Heather Moore


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16 Jan 03:33

Le Creuset: Stars & Cosmos

by Jen McCabe
Jimena Azpeitia

me gutaaaa

As you may have already noticed, I’m a big fan of the stars, the moon, mysteries of outer space, AND shades of blue. Of course this exclusive Le Creuset dream collection featuring a blackened blue and swirling stars would have to be released right after I finally purchased my first dutch oven. OF COURSE. The cute dutch oven with stars is only available in the 4.5 quart size and it’s not in the budget right now, unfortunately. I’ll just keep ogling it while I consider one of the other pieces in the black blue Cosmos hue, like that glorious Cosmos 9qt Round Dutch Oven. There are some sweet ceramic pieces, like the Cosmos French Press and Cosmos Mugs, that are mighty tempting as well. More HERE.


Cosmos 4 Quart Casserole | 2.25 Quart Saucepan | 4.5 Quart Round Oven with Stars | 3.5 Quart Braiser | 6.75 Quart Oval Oven | 5 Quart Oval Oven


Cosmos 4.5 Quart Round Oven with Stars | 5.5 Quart Round Oven | 7.25 Quart Round Oven | 9 Quart Round Oven | 10.25″ Skillet


Cosmos 2.25 Quart Saucepan | Cosmos French Press | 12-Ounce Mug | 4.5 Quart Round Oven with Stars | 9″ Square Baking Dish | 12″x 9″ Rectangular Dish

28 Dec 17:55

Synchronistic Images Captured in Soviet Era Swimming Pools by Photographer Maria Svarbova

by Kate Sierzputowski

Photographer Maria Svarbova is fascinated by the sterile, geometric aesthetic of old swimming pools, especially those built during the Socialist Era in her native country of Slovakia. Each scene she photographs is highly controlled, from the subjects of her works to the bright colors and dramatic shadows that compose each shot.

“The figures are mid-movement, but there is no joyful playfulness to them,” says Sarbova’s artist statement about the project. “Frozen in the composition, the swimmers are as smooth and cold as the pools tiles…Despite the retro setting, the pictures somehow evoke a futuristic feeling as well, as if they were taken somewhere completely alien.”

The series, In the Swimming Pool, began in 2014 and is her largest to date. Recently she published a book on the project through The New Heroes and Pioneers aptly titled The Swimming Pool Book which you can pre-order on Amazon. To see more of her photographs centered around Eastern European pools, head to her Instagram or Behance. (via Visual Fodder)

27 Dec 04:16

Everyday Objects Obsessively Organized into Patterns by Adam Hillman

by Christopher Jobson

New Jersey-based “object arranger” Adam Hillman has really stepped up his organization efforts the last few months, pushing his precisely organized patterns of everyday objects into increasingly more complicated designs. Everything from breakfast cereal to office supplies finds its place in these tightly controlled symmetrical layouts that take hours to measure, cut, and arrange. Hillman now shares some of his best work as prints and you can follow him on Instagram.

21 Nov 17:12

Quirky Cartoon Toys and Vases Carved from Wood by Yen Jui-Lin

by Christopher Jobson

Taiwanese artist Yen Jui-Lin carves delightful cartoon-like figures from wood that are almost guaranteed to bring a smile to your face. Some of the pieces function as flower vases or key hooks, while many of the objects are one-off toys that he gives to his children as gifts. You can see many more on Jui-Lin’s Facebook page. (via Lustik)

31 Oct 23:53

A Collision of Flora, Fauna, and the Cosmic in Tattoos by Pony Reinhardt

by Christopher Jobson
Jimena Azpeitia

no me haría ninguno, pero tienen su encanto

Artist Pony Reinhardt of Portland-based Tenderfoot Studio (previously) produces wildly creative tattoos which she describes as a “cosmic cataclysm of the Ghastly Phantastic.” Images of the natural world mingle with stars and elements of sacred geometry in a style reminiscent of old etchings and woodblock prints. Reinhardt has also exhibited fine art at the Smithsonian National Gallery of Art and is a US Presidential Scholar of the Arts. You can follow her recent work on Instagram.

05 Sep 21:57

Female Support System Brass Hooks

by Katie

Okay, so, back to work*. How fun are these Female Support System brass wall hooks by Kaye Blegvad? They’re laser cut from solid brass and work best in pairs (two facing each other, of course). Best for jewelry, towels, and other lightweight clothing. Pretty fun.

Brass wall hooks by Kaye Blegvad, $45.00 each.

3″ tall.
Brass screws included.
Due to the production process, there will be slight variations from piece to piece.
Made in the USA.

Female Support System

Female Support System

*It’s so hard to concentrate when Houston is still flooded.

05 Sep 21:31

New in the Colossal Shop: Calamityware Mugs

by Christopher Jobson

Retired graphic designer Don Moyer has found a delightful second career illustrating and designing a line of charmingly calamitous products to help you keep your woes in perspective. The Calamityware Mug Set, newly available in The Colossal Shop, features four identical mugs glazed with Don’s illustrations. Riffing on traditional Blue Willow porcelain patterns, the Calamityware mugs slyly integrate some unlikely and unwelcome visitors. Watch out for UFOs, a zombie poodle, aggressive pterodactyls, and, perhaps most fearful of all, the Unpleasant Blob Creature. Each porcelain mug holds 12 ounces and is made at the award-winning Kristoff Porcelain workshop in Poland. The set includes four mugs because as we all know, misery loves company.

31 Aug 03:32

LIFE Magazine at Woodstock in 1969

by Costanza

Catskill, village de Woodstock, août 1969. LIFE Magazine réalise un incredible reportage sur cet événement unique dans l’histoire, qui a vu la petite ville se transformer en la troisième ville la plus peuplée de l’état de New York pendant quelques jours. Ici, une vue sur le festival, son atmosphère et son ambiance. Des photographies historiques à ne pas rater.

31 Aug 03:27

Miniature Installations of Decorative Doors Hidden in Plain Sight on the Streets of Atlanta

by Kate Sierzputowski

Tucked under tunnels and nestled in public parks are several miniature doors, tiny installations built with stoops, welcome mats, and even tinier dog doors. The Atlanta-based works are part of artist Karen Anderson’s Tiny Doors ATL, an art project that aims to bring a bit of curiosity and wonder to the city’s inhabitants.

The project began in the summer of 2014, and since its launch has installed 12 six-inch doors throughout Atlanta. To keep with Tiny Doors ATL’s mission of being dedicated to free and accessible art, a digital map found on the project’s website serves as a guide to each door’s location.

For each new door Anderson hosts a miniature ribbon-cutting ceremony, a way to present the work to the public, while also connecting community members and fans of the miniature works. “I love the potential for art to build community,” Anderson told Instagram’s blog. “And I especially love how impactful that art can be when it’s free, public and accessible to everyone.”

To see more images of Tiny Doors ATL’s public installations, and keep up-to-date with upcoming openings, take a look at the group’s Instagram and Facebook. (via Instagram)

22 Aug 18:09

Marvelous Portraits of Inhabitants of Cuba

by Damien

Après s’être rendu à New York, le photographe Stijn Hoekstra a capturé Cuba dans une série intitulée Cinematic Cuba. Dans cette série, le photographe basé à Amsterdam a décidé de se focaliser sur les portraits des habitants de l’île des Caraïbes.

22 Aug 17:47

Oven Roasted Tomato, Basil, and Mozzarella Quiche

by Emma Chapman
Jimena Azpeitia

uuuuuf se me antojo mucho, no se porque, me lo preparas mamá?

Lately it has been baby shower season in my life. No, not for me, it just seems that I have a lot of pregnant friends this year. Must be something in the air. Other than getting to celebrate that special season with my friends, I also get to enjoy one of my favorite usually-at-baby-shower foods: QUICHE. I don’t know if it’s in a rulebook somewhere, but it seems that if you are going to throw a baby shower you must serve quiche. And I am NOT complaining. I am celebrating. Quiche is one of those foods that I rarely make at home. Not because it’s difficult (it’s SO easy, I’ll show you), but because it tends to feed a larger group that I normally have at my house on a Saturday morning.

So just a note to all my local friends who may be reading: Please keep having babies so we can keep having baby showers and I can keep eating quiche. Thank you.

I’m currently enjoying being a summer member of my local CSA (if you don’t know what a CSA is, google it and see if they have on in your town—it’s awesome!) and I had recently gotten TONS of cherry tomatoes in my last few deliveries. I had used a few in a salad and once on avocado toast, but I was starting to think they might turn on me if I didn’t make a plan. So that was really the inspiration behind this recipe: baby shower quiche meets I have too many cherry tomatoes. Ha! Although you could pretty easily use other small tomatoes as well or even substitute with store-bought sundries tomatoes if needed.

Oven Roasted Tomato, Basil, and Mozzarella Quiche, makes one (serves 5-6)

4-5 ounces cherry tomatoes
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cloves of garlic, minced
4 oz. shredded mozzarella
6 eggs
1 1/3 cup milk
3 big leaves of fresh basil plus more for the top
salt and pepper
one pie crust (I cheated and used a store bought one, but if you want a recipe, try this one)

Slice the tomatoes in half or quarters if they are on the larger side. Place these on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon salt.

Bake at 250°F for 1 1/2 to 2 hours. The tomatoes should look very dry, some will brown as well (see the photo below). I do not own a dehydrator (but I’m thinking about it) but I suspect you could use that if you don’t want to slow roast these in the oven. The goal here is not only to bring out some of the flavor of the tomatoes but also to reduce the water in them so we don’t end up with a water-y slime-y quiche later on.

You can roast the tomatoes up to a week in advance of making the quiche. Simply store in a airtight container (or plastic bag) in the refrigerator until you need.

Spray a pie pan with non-stick cooking spray and add your prepared crust. Poke just a few holes in the bottom with a fork to prevent any big air pockets from forming. Cover with parchment paper and then fill dry beans or pie weights. Bake at 400°F for 5-6 minutes. Remove parchment and weights before filling.

Meanwhile, in a large mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs and milk. Season with a little salt and pepper. Then stir in the tomatoes, cheese, minced garlic, and chopped or torn basil leaves. Pour the batter into the pie crust, cover in aluminum foil, and bake for 55 minutes.

After baking, remove the aluminum foil and allow to cool for at least 10-15 minutes before slicing and serving.

Also it’s good to have your pie pan on a baking sheet when you are moving it to and from the oven because, as you can see in the photo above, if a little bit of quiche batter spills as you are moving it to the oven, the pan will catch it rather than it spilling all over your oven.

Sprinkle on a little more fresh basil before serving and enjoy! xo. Emma

P.S. Does anyone own a dehydrator or used to own one? I have been considering getting one, like I said in the post, but I’m concerned about how much space it will take up vs. how often I will use it. But it does seem like a really cool kitchen tool, so just wondering what other’s experience has been?

Credits // Author and Photography: Emma Chapman. Photos edited with A Color Story Desktop.
17 Aug 03:49

Surreal Aerial Views of Fish Farms Captured by Bernhard Lang

by Christopher Jobson

Flying in a helicopter high above the coast of Greece, German photographer Bernhard Lang captures unusual networks of circular fish farms. The strange, ovoid enclosures appear like abstract geometric designs, hardly related to the thriving ecosystems of fish that lay just below the surface. Aquaculture is seen by many as a more efficient way to safely breed larger volumes of fish instead of harvesting wild populations, but concerns about the environmental impact near farming sites have raised a lot of questions.

“Greece’s aquaculture industry is important for the country,” Lang shares with Colossal. “Especially [because of] the bad economic situation in Greece. Fish, mainly sea bass and sea bream is one of their biggest agricultural exports, next to olive oil.” That said, fish prices have fallen sharply in recent years, further threatening a burgeoning industry.

Lang is known for his aerial studies of industry, wildlife, and landscapes around the world including a recent series of harbors in the Philippines and a colorful collection of beach umbrellas in the Italian resort town of Adria. You can follow more of his recent photography on Behance and Instagram.

17 Aug 01:28

New Needle Felted Food and Animal Friends by Hanna Dovhan

by Christopher Jobson

The word “cute” is woefully insufficient in describing the squee-inducing impression of these needled felted wool sculptures by Ukraine-based designer Hanna Dovhan (previously here and here). Her latest pairs of hand-made mustachioed donuts, mushrooms, croissants, and veggies are all designed to rest in a tender embrace or to simply hold hands. You can see more by following her on Instagram or in her Etsy shop Woolsculpture.

17 Aug 00:36

The Verve: Photography by Chris Floyd celebrates 20 years since the era-defining Urban Hymns

by Alex Withers
The Verve: Photographs by Chris Floyd

British photographer and filmmaker Chris Floyd’s memoirs with one of the UK’s most influential alternative rock groups The Verve is one of the most inspiring and eye-opening accounts in modern rock history.

After touring with the band in late 1996 and 1997, Floyd documented a one-of-a-kind recording, exploring the tour and promotions of the album in the UK, Ireland and the USA.

Two decades have now passed since the immense success of The Verve’s era-defining Urban Hymns, however, it still remains one of the biggest selling British albums of all time. Providing an insight into The Verve's daily lives at that time, Floyd discusses all there is to know about a band which shaped Britain’s musical revolution to the new wave Britpop scene.

We spoke to Chris about his new book, The Verve: Photography by Chris Floyd.

Whenever you recall those days, touring with the band, what memory stands out the most?

"The long hours of just hanging around, either on a tour bus or in a dressing room or a hotel room, waiting for showtime and then the weird in-jokes that develop because of that dead time. The day of the show is the show. In those situations, the touring group (the band and the others on the bus with them) form themselves into a bubble and that bubble becomes virtually impenetrable to outsiders.

"It can become quite a strange environment, one without oxygen sometimes. But I also felt privileged to have been allowed into that world, a very tight group of friends who had known each other since their mid teens. It's the ultimate legitimised gang experience, with music, travel and perks on top."

The Verve: Photographs by Chris Floyd

The Verve: Photographs by Chris Floyd

The Verve: Photographs by Chris Floyd

The Verve: Photographs by Chris Floyd

The Verve: Photographs by Chris Floyd

The Verve: Photographs by Chris Floyd

Why did they welcome you into the fold?

"I think I was lucky enough to come along at a moment when they had been inside the recording bubble for about a year already and they seemed to have barely spoken to anybody. They were coming up to the point where they were going to start needing some things for publicity and press so it was handy to have me in the studio to shoot some pictures that they could use when the time came. Richard was quite canny about things like that.

"They knew me from the week I spent with them on Lollapalooza in 1994, almost three years earlier, and I had taken some great pictures of them then. So when I went down to visit them and they played me ‘Bittersweet Symphony’ for the first time I literally had my head blown off by it and all I had to do was ask if I could come back with my camera next week, to which they said yes.

"After that, I would just come and go on a whim and they never seemed to mind. I loved it. Being a photographer is quite a lonely thing. You never really meet the same people twice. You get to learn a superficial amount about a lot of things so I am a really good person to have on a pub quiz team. The downside of that is that you never belong anywhere, you’re not a part of a group or an organisation and sometimes I really wish I was.

"So for a year, I got to be a kind of proxy associate of this group, this organisation, and it felt comforting and reassuring in a strange way. In the end, though, I was able to provide a service that was useful."

The Verve: Photographs by Chris Floyd

The Verve: Photographs by Chris Floyd

The Verve: Photographs by Chris Floyd

The Verve: Photographs by Chris Floyd

The Verve: Photographs by Chris Floyd

The Verve: Photographs by Chris Floyd

The Verve: Photographs by Chris Floyd

The Verve: Photographs by Chris Floyd

Can you share your favourite picture from the series, and explain why it's special?

"That’s a Desert Island Discs question. It changes on a daily basis. Today, though, it would actually be the book’s cover image of Richard which was shot for the ‘Lucky Man’ single sleeve in SoHo, New York on October 1997. I just love the time and place element of it. The light, the buildings, the ‘New Yorkness’ of it.

"For years I couldn’t remember the actual cross street junction it was taken at but a couple of weeks ago I had the brainwave idea of using Google Streetview to locate it, which then turned out to be a lesson in how your memory can totally deceive you as the years go by. I wandered around the grid of SoHo streets, convinced that we shot it on Spring Street, looking for the possible cross street. All those streets are one-way streets so it was possible to narrow down the possibilities because of the direction the traffic was going on both of the streets in the picture.

"But in the end, it turned out that the street Richard is walking on was way further south than I had remembered and it turned out to have been on Grand Street, not Spring Street at all. I could also see from Streetview that the building on the left side of the picture nearest to the camera has now been demolished and had become an empty building site. Time, place, change, life moves on. The mish mash of manhole and utilities drain covers in front of him are all still exactly the same though. That was the clue that really clinched it."

The Verve: Photographs by Chris Floyd

The Verve: Photographs by Chris Floyd

The Verve: Photographs by Chris Floyd

The Verve: Photographs by Chris Floyd

The Verve: Photographs by Chris Floyd

The Verve: Photographs by Chris Floyd

The Verve: Photographs by Chris Floyd

The Verve: Photographs by Chris Floyd

The Verve: Photographs by Chris Floyd is published by Reel Art Press. For further information and full list of stockists visit

04 Jul 18:27

Daniel Buren's artwork of shapes, colours and trademark stripes launches at Tottenham Court Road

by Katy Cowan

Widely considered France’s greatest living artist and one of the pioneers of conceptual art, Daniel Buren has unveiled his first permanent artwork in Britain at London's Tottenham Court Road station. Commissioned by Art on the Underground, Buren has created an expansive installation taking over the space with a deceptively simple combination of shapes, colours and his trademark stripes.

And, to coincide with the unveiling of the completed commission, you can get your hands on a newly launched book, which includes stunning installation shots of the work in situ, behind-the-scenes photos of the project in progress, architects’ drawings and plans, and the artist’s notes and sketches. Texts by Eleanor Pinfield and Tamsin Dillon provide the background to the commission, while an essay by Hans Ulrich Obrist places the work in the context of Buren’s wider practice since the 1960s.

What's more, in a conversation with Tim Marlow, the artist walks you, the reader, through the Tottenham Court Road installation and discusses the work alongside his other transport commissions.

More than a rare monograph in English on one of the most influential international artists of recent decades, this volume entitled Daniel Buren Underground also takes you on the fascinating journey from initial artistic concept through to realised physical form in the public realm.

Discover more on Art / Books.

03 Jul 17:10

Sad Movie Couples

by elbarbon
Jimena Azpeitia

estos los hizo el otro amigo colombiano de Diego, intente que hiciera y tu mamá tambien y me abrió jajajajaja pinche culerombiano, que estaba muy local mi plan!!!


El ilustrador colombiano Alejandro Giraldo plasmó en su serie Sad Movie Couples algunas de las relaciones mas complicadas e imposibles que hemos visto a través de una pantalla de cine; desde la tormentosa historia de Tyler Durden y Marla Singer en The Fight Club hasta la empalagosa relación de Jack y Rose en Titanic.

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Esperamos que esta sólo sea una primera entrega de la serie que hay cientos de parejas que esperan ser ilustradas. Si les interesa tener algún print o producto de esta serie, lo pueden conseguir a través de su tienda en Society6.

¿Para ustedes cuál es la pareja mas triste del cine?

Sad Movie Couples


03 Jul 16:54

Pre-Order Artist-Designed iPhone 7 Cases from Society6

by Jaime Derringer
Jimena Azpeitia

vas mana!

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that Apple announced the new iPhone 7. Although it’s not much different in size than the iPhone 6, it’s been updated with little tweaks here and there, most notably the removal of the headphone jack. Society6 wants to make sure that as soon as you get your hands on your new phone, there’s a fresh, shiny new protective case waiting for you. Here are some of our favorite artist-designed iPhone 7 cases available for pre-order from Society6:

Pre-Order Artist-Designed iPhone 7 Cases from Society6

COFFEE READING iPhone 7 case by Sagepizza


Shell Texture iPhone 7 case by Patterns And Textures


Pink lips iPhone 7 case by Vitor7Costa


Everything’s gonna be super duper iPhone 7 case by Marc Johns


My childhood universe iPhone 7 case by I Love Doodle


Minimal Curves iPhone 7 case by Leandro Pita


Math in color iPhone 7 case by Chicca Besso


Winter Pursuits… iPhone 7 case by NDTank


Sloth iPhone 7 case by Eric Fan


Preppy brushstroke polka dots iPhone 7 case by CharlotteWinter


No way iPhone case by Leandro Pita

In an ongoing effort to support independent artists from around the world, Design Milk is proud to partner with Society6 to offer The Design Milk Dairy, a special collection of Society6 artists’ work curated by Design Milk and our readers. Proceeds from the The Design Milk Dairy help us bring Design Milk to you every day.

03 Jul 16:23

Water Women: Swimming Figures Dip in and out of Water by Sonia Alins

by Christopher Jobson

In this collection of illustrations titled Dones d’aigua (water women), Spanish artist and illustrator Sonia Alins depicts several women immersed almost completely underwater, just a head or foot poking out from the uncertain depths of cloudy liquid. A haunting tension emerges not only from the clever split view created by utilizing translucent paper to mimic water, but also from the slightly ambiguous situation of the figures. It’s not always immediately clear if the women are swimming or drowning. You can follow more of Alins’ work on Instagram or Behance, and a few of her pieces are available as prints. (via Supersonic)

21 Mar 17:25

Andrew Marttila's photography series captures the feline residents of Cat Island

by Laura Collinson
Jimena Azpeitia

llévame de vacation a cat island!

Attention all cat lovers, there are several 'cat islands' in Japan. But before you shell out on expensive flights, check out photographer Andrew Marttila's series of photographs, captured whilst on a visit to Ainoshima last November.

Although in theory, Cat Island sounds like a magical place, in reality it faces many issues. Andrew explains: "I had seen a few Internet articles over the years describing the beauty and wonder of Cat Island and, as a cat lover, knew I had to make the trip.

"To our surprise, we learned that there are actually many 'cat islands' scattered all around Japan, but the one we went to was in the Fukuoka prefecture. After the twenty minute ferry ride to the island, my partner and I realised far too quickly that this was not all sunshines and rainbows; many of the cats were suffering from upper respiratory infections and more importantly, none of the cats were altered (spayed/neutered).

"This lends itself to overpopulation problems, which in turn can have deleterious effects to native wildlife as well as the cats themselves. The local population seemed eager to allow 'nature to run its course', but as animal advocates and cat lovers, survival of the fittest can look very grim indeed.

"It's a complex issue that doesn't necessarily have a singular answer. What we took away from the visit was to remain mindful of our impact in regards to animal-centric destination spots and to share what we experienced.

"Irrespective of the issues surrounding the island, the cats were absolutely marvellous and a lot of fun to photograph. Far from feral, most of them were happy to be pet and have their photos taken.

"It provided me with a very unique opportunity to capture them in such a remarkable environment and I was able to get a bunch of really cool shots over the two hours I was there."

Andrew became an animal photographer after graduating with a degree in neuroscience. We've long been fans of his at Creative Boom, check out Shop Cats of New York and Andrew's gorgeous pet portraits at

18 Mar 00:17

Timo Kuilder GIFs

by swissmiss

Completely charmed by these GIFs. Well done, Timo Kuilder.

18 Mar 00:11

Ellie Cashman: Her Process, Her Floral Wallpaper

by Holly Becker
Jimena Azpeitia

es muy cursi que me gusten los tapices floreadotes jajajaja

Wow. wow. wow. Just wow. I first saw it last year on Instagram in American restaurant Finca in Salt Lake City. This dark and lovely Ellie Cashman wallpaper shown below. Edgy, moody, overscale, smoky, floral. Love. It.

Ellie Cashman: Her Process, Her Floral Wallpaper

Ellie Cashman: Her Process, Her Floral Wallpaper

Both: CityHome Collective

It’s intoxicating and beautiful. In fact, we wanted to order and install it in my home to create a room “look” for my next book coming out in the Decorate series, which will release in just a few months in September (I’ll tell you more about book number 4 very soon!). We didn’t end up having the time or the budget, but I still wanted to talk about it publicly. That’s why I had to share it from Selina’s new book yesterday on one of her pages. And this is why I have to share more impressions of it in lots of different spaces around the room to inspire you. All of this is Ellie Cashman wallpaper, not all the same pattern, but the same moody large blooms that designers and decorators all over are raving about.

Ellie Cashman: Her Process, Her Floral Wallpaper

Top L: Ellie Cashman Top R: Cupcakes and Cashmere Bottom L: Ellie Cashman Bottom R: Pinterest

But first, WHO IS ELLIE CASHMAN? She is an American artist with a Master of Fine Arts from New York University and was born in the same state as I was, Rhode Island, and like me, she expatriated to Europe (she moved to the Netherlands in 2007, I moved to Germany in 2009). Her current largest influence is the still life paintings from the Dutch golden age. She decided to turn her influence into patterns and created hyper realistic, over-scale wallpaper and it went viral on Pinterest in 2013 and since… well, her brand has become a major player in the world of wallpaper. Here is more about her humble beginnings as told by Ellie herself…

“When I designed my ‘Dark Floral’ wallpaper, I imagined it being used on an accent wall. I mocked it up in Photoshop as the backdrop for a rustic wood table and an Eames chair. What happened next, I hadn’t imagined at all! That mockup went viral on Pinterest, and e-mails began to pour in from all around the world. People wanted to know where they could buy the wallpaper. This gave me the guts to go out on my own and find a partner to produce ‘Dark Floral.’ We were shipping the wallpaper around the world even before the web shop went live. And now, just a short time later, ‘Dark Floral’ has appeared on the pages of Vogue and Elle. So, real life has exceeded the capacity of my imagination. I feel truly lucky. This little wallpaper that could has had quite a journey so far, and it feels like it’s just getting started.”

I love stories like this! Ohhh the internet is so good to so many of us! She has since expanded her wallpaper collection into cushion covers, fabric and scarves.

Ellie Cashman: Her Process, Her Floral Wallpaper

Top L: Sarah Sherman Samuel. All others: Ellie Cashman

Ellie Cashman: Her Process, Her Floral Wallpaper

Styled by Selina Lake, Photographed by Rachel Whiting for Ryland Peters and Small/Botanical Style

Ellie Cashman: Her Process, Her Floral Wallpaper

Top L: Goop Pop-up shop, Chicago Top R: Jaimee Rose Interiors Bottom L: Pinterest Bottom R: Lucky Miam

Ellie Cashman: Her Process, Her Floral Wallpaper

Florist Nikki Tibbles Home in London via Dear Designer via Domus Nova

Do you wonder how she makes the patterns you see? I did too. Ellie explains below,

“To create my large-scale floral prints, I use a combination of traditional and digital art media. I start with a rough pencil sketch on paper, which I photograph and import into Photoshop. Using customized brushes, a Wacom tablet and pen, I then color and paint on a series of layers, building up from that original sketch to a finished design. This part of my process usually takes me about 6 months to a year. Once a print is complete, a new process begins: sourcing materials and applying it to different products. In this way, a design can evolve over a period of years.”

Wonderful! All of these papers can be purchased online in Ellie’s shop.

What example above do you like the most? Why? Would you use a dramatic wallpaper in your home like this? Where?

(Photos credited above)

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18 Mar 00:11

New Happy Wallpaper + Decor From RICE

by Holly Becker
Jimena Azpeitia

aunque los de bolas doradas también me maman

Can you believe products for the Autumn/Winter season are being introduced already? I can’t believe it’s already June 1 though, time is flying this year so far. My upcoming trip to Sweden will be here in just three weeks, I can’t wait! Do you have any travels scheduled for summer? So let’s talk about shopping. Available now in the United States (here), RICE in Denmark has just released these Autumn/Winter 2016 collection and I can’t wait to share some images to inspire you today. Including their amazing wallpaper. Oh my goodness you will die.

New Happy Wallpaper + Decor From RICE

I love so many of these sweet things, like the RICE party supplies, melamine plates and bowls for kids, and the new RICE wallpaper…. They’ve collaborated with Eijffinger and have such cute papers for decorating your walls. The founder, Charlotte, happens to be a good friend of mine (her home was in my first book, Decorate, which is how we met) and I just love how she evolves the line because it’s all so punchy and sweet – there is a lot of freshness to it. Check it out.

New Happy Wallpaper + Decor From RICE

New Happy Wallpaper + Decor From RICE

New Happy Wallpaper + Decor From RICE

New Happy Wallpaper + Decor From RICE

New Happy Wallpaper + Decor From RICE

New Happy Wallpaper + Decor From RICE

New Happy Wallpaper + Decor From RICE

New Happy Wallpaper + Decor From RICE

New Happy Wallpaper + Decor From RICE

New Happy Wallpaper + Decor From RICE

New Happy Wallpaper + Decor From RICE

New Happy Wallpaper + Decor From RICE

FUN LIVING, right? Nice to see some color and crazy once in awhile, isn’t it? Beautiful job, Charlotte – you make magic! Always!

(photographs with permission from RICE DK)

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18 Mar 00:10

Converse Launches the Chuck Modern Colors Collection

by Caroline Williamson
Jimena Azpeitia

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Converse Launches the Chuck Modern Colors Collection

Converse continues their Chuck Modern Collection with the unveiling of Chuck Modern Colors, the third installment where they take a look back on the brand’s iconic 108-year old history as a way to envision the future. Bringing today’s technological innovations to the legendary sneakers, they’ve created a modern and lightweight design that’s the perfect addition to the Chuck Taylor All Star family.

The Converse Chuck Modern Colors collection looks to the archives at the colors of the Chuck Taylor All Star kicks of the 1970s. They gave the colors a fresh update with a two-layer mesh upper that gives the sneakers a unique textural depth. The sneakers will be available in Black, Olive, Deep Bordeaux, Navy, and Ash Grey at Converse stores and on

17 Mar 23:46

Time Machine: Swirling photographs of Bauhaus and Art Deco staircases in Budapest

by Katy Cowan

For me, this glorious series of images by Balint Alovits reminds me of Day of the Tentacle, a classic computer game that I spent hours happily playing as a kid. Entitled Time Machine, the swirls and twists of various staircases, shot from above, can be disorientating and as though you're falling down Lewis Carroll's rabbit hole.

Apparently, it's a deliberate study of Bauhaus and Art Deco caracoles in Budapest, Hungary. "The photographs show spiral staircases from the same central perspective," explains Balint. "With the pulling energy of these spiral forms, the works of Time Machine create a new dimension by splitting space and time, while staying within the visual limits of the project’s concept, while the perception of the architectural details evokes the idea of infinity."

A freelance photographer in Budapest, Balint graduated from the Metropolitan University with a degree in photography in 2014. His photographic work is simple, precise and airy and most of his projects are based on spatiality. Find out more at

All images courtesy of Balint Alovits

17 Mar 23:41

New Geometric Paper Sculptures from Matthew Shlian

by Kate Sierzputowski

Ara 211, 2016, Paper, 48 x 83 x 6 in.

Paper artist Matthew Shlian (previously here and here) combines his talent for sculpture with a knack for engineering, producing geometric works that are composed of tight-knit tessellations. Shlian’s receptively folded works have lead to collaborations with scientists at the University of Michigan, together working to visualize research by translating paper structures to micro folds.

“Researchers see paper engineering as a metaphor for scientific principals; I see their inquiry as a basis for artistic inspiration,” said Shlian in an artist statement on his website. “In my studio I am a collaborator, explorer and inventor. I begin with a system of folding and at a particular moment the material takes over.”

Shlian’s solo exhibition TELEMETRY, which explores the intersection between science and art, opens this Thursday at Florida Gulf Coast University and runs through March 2, 2017. You can see more of his intricately folded work on his Instagram and Facebook.

“Unlean Against Our Hearts,” 2011. Sculpture at the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor. Collaboration with Bob Stack.

Recursive, 2016. (work in progress) 42 x 84 x 12″

17 Mar 23:40

Artist Windy Chien Unearths Obscure Knots Everyday for an Entire Year

by Kate Sierzputowski

In January of 2016, artist Windy Chien devoted herself to learning a new knot every day for a year, tying a total of 366 by December 31st (2016 was a leap year). Although 366 knots might seem like a staggering number, it is nothing compared to the 3,900 included in Chien’s go-to knot manual—The Ashley Book of Knots, which took its author nearly 11 years to compile.

The daily ritual was both meditative and informative for the Apple project manager turned artist, allowing Chien to access an energetic flow, while also giving her a chance for constant experimentation with line and form. You can see a selection of Chien’s knots on her website, and view the entirety of the project on Instagram. (via Wired)