Update: Congratulations to this month’s random winner, Van. Check back on May 3 for another great giveaway.
Now that spring has finally arrived, the time is right to shake up your decor. Along with new paint colors and spring cleaning to-dos, why not update your home by starting an original art collection? It’s easier than you think — and this month’s giveaway with affordable original art retailer The Tappan Collective can help.
The Tappan Collective founders Jordan Klein and Chelsea Neman started their company to make it easy for art lovers (and art newbies!) to easily find and buy original artwork from emerging artists. One lucky Design Happens reader will win their choice from the three original pieces featured in this post. Read on to enter for a chance to win.
Chefchaouen 2 by Shay Spaniola
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Porcelain popcorn, with a gold glaze? Say what? Say amazing! These sculptures are by LA-based artist Pae White.
I would enjoy seeing what Pae could do with other tasty snacks as inspiration!
ArchTriumph is a competition in Paris that asks entrants to submit creative ways to cross the Seine River. Design firm Atelier Zündel Cristea came up with the idea of a fun, bouncy bridge. Though they only placed third in the competition, the idea takes top prize in my book.
Some naysayers think the bridge is a terrible idea (even dangerous). It probably is, but I can’t get bogged down in those details. I just want to bounce!
If you haven’t heard, just this week I Love Lucy was voted the best television show of all time — beating out finalists Seinfeld, M*A*S*H, All in the Family and Cheers. Everyone clearly still loves Lucy!
In honor of the incomparable Lucille Ball, I’m showcasing this duct tape art piece of the comedienne (that’s right, this is all duct tape) from Etsy shop LivingColored.
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What’s your favorite Lucy episode? Tell me in the comments below!
Ever hear of this? Me either!
Carnovsky for Blik
What will the kids think of next?
Today marks the opening of the 2012 London Olympics, and I don’t know about you, but I have Olympic fever. Feeding my obsession? This collection of vintage Olympic posters. Personally, I am charmed by this lady fencer in the Paris 1900 poster, but if I had to pick a favorite, I’d go with this dizzying example from the 1968 Mexico Olympics.
Designed by artist Lance Wyman, this poster marries traditional Aztec design with go-go ’60′s pop art. How about you? Do you have a favorite Olympic logo? Will you be watching the Opening Ceremonies tonight? I’ll be on the couch, popcorn in hand, waiting for that torch to enter the arena.
This unique set of spoons is a project from design student Niels Datema. They aren’t currently in production, but I think they are kind of amazing. Why? Because each spoon is the exact measurement for an ingredient to make a classic loaf of bread.
Fill the water spoon up to the top with water, the flour with flour, and so on…mix together and knead, and presto! Perfect bread dough.
Think of the possibilities! Cookie spoons, cake spoons, brownie spoons…my stomach is growling but my mind is inspired.
Our friends over at PSFK recently highlighted Japanese artist Kenji Sugiyama.
Kenji has, believe it or not, created and squeezed into pasta boxes, intricate scenes of museum-goers observing art. That’s right, pasta boxes! Kenji calls his collection “Institute of Intimate Museums.”
The images aren’t crystal clear, but come on — you try taking a photo inside a pasta box and see how clear you get.
Surprising installations such as this are appearing on walls throughout Paris.
Young French artist Mademoiselle Maurice is using the city’s streets as an open air museum to display origami art.
Her pieces are the cheeriest of scenes in the most unexpected places.
Watch this video of Mademoiselle Maurice beautifying Paris.
What is the history of bottle trees? Best I can tell (don’t quote me on this), their origin dates back hundreds of years. Evidently, it was believed that evil spirits would be drawn to the shiny bottles and become trapped inside. Folks would place bottles on trees around their home to keep evil from getting in the house.
Now, I don’t know about all that — but, I do know that today they are used as decorative art in gardens and landscaping. BottleTree.com has made having one super easy. They provide the “tree” and colorful bottles and ship everything straight to your house. They’re both stunning and unique.
Do you know more about bottle trees? Tell me below. And, let me know if you actually have one of these “evil catchers.”