Posts Tagged ‘Design’

Seth Papac

Published May 10, 2010 by Molly

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Seth Papac makes jewelry that looks like sculpture. Or jewelry that looks like a miniature primitive drawing rendered in 3D. Or jewelry that looks like an alien artifact. In short, he makes jewelry that looks like no other jewelry you’ve seen. These are more like talismans than, say, necklaces or bracelets— objects the would seem to bestow superhuman powers on their wearer.

Lucy Joy

Published May 6, 2010 by Molly



Lucy Joy is an illustrator whose curlicued images of people and landscapes we can’t get enough of. Joy also lends her talents to greeting cards, hand-lettered pieces and textiles (ooh!), all of which make equally appropriate vehicles for her distinctive style.

“My work is largely driven by my love of eye catching objects and surface decoration,” she writes. “I tend to enjoy myself most when working in fine detail and try to approach drawing with an uninhibited and non mechanical technique. I like wobbly lines.”

Well, we like Lucy!

Night Owl Paper Goods

Published May 5, 2010 by Molly

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Night Owl Paper Goods is a small company that produces the prettiest letterpress goods you’ve ever imagined. Their work combines the soothing colors and tactile forms of children’s book illustrations with the simplicity and expressiveness of Swedish and American folk artists. Also involved: lots of adorable animals (otters, whales, see above) and the ingenious methodology of eco-friendly wood cards, which are exactly what they sound like but ten times as cool in real life. Trust.

There are journals and mini-notepads too— we especially love the pocket-sized spiral bound variety, which are perfect for secret missions and impromptu investigating. There are calenders and tote bags, too, for planning and lugging (respectively). Most of all, we love the fact that the Night Owl creators have turned a passion project into a repository of items that are both functional and enchanting. Color us charmed.

Marcus Walters

Published May 4, 2010 by Molly




It’s probably fair to say that artist/designer Marcus Walters is obsessed with simplicity. His works of drawing and collage are Matisse-like studies in how to deploy maximum expression with a minimum of flourishes. The colors are summery, the subjects range from birds to flowers to dragons, and the incorporation of handcrafted elements gives each piece a special je ne sais quoi.

Dispersive Hymns

Published April 30, 2010 by Molly




Laurence Punshon’s sculptural set-ups remind us of hotel lobbies, alien invasions, blue seas and nameless horror. The still-lifes are sort of an artistic Rorschach blot test: a viewer will look at them and see the contents of his own consciousness reflected back at him——or that’s how we’re calling it, anyhow.

However you interpret the pieces, they’re certainly compelling and more than a little weird. But understated-weird, like dreams that border on scary but don’t quite cross that border. Tell us, what do you see?

Espen Friberg

Published April 19, 2010 by Molly

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Norwegian-born and Brooklyn-based artist Espen Friberg is a wizard of various mediums. We like his collages and amazing collection of papercuts for the Helsinki Biennale, to start, but there’s also the captivatingly “primitive” animation piece, the tee-shirt designs, the incredible posters, the fanzines, the adorable children’s book published in collabration with Øystein Dolmen (too bad we can’t read it), and, last but not least, a tumblr called Pimple Zoo which collects various digital shots by Friberg, because why the heck not?

A nice selection of Friberg’s work is available here, and we especially love the limited-edition silkscreened tote bags. Perfect for toting your colored pencils around the city.

Jaakko Pallasvuo

Published April 15, 2010 by Molly

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Jaakko Pallasvuo has a name that sounds like a smoked Finnish delicacy and an aesthetic that blends wintry spareness with controlled riots of emotion.

Pallasvuo’s production rate and versatility are both impressive. There are the books and zines, a rewarding and oft-updated Flickr account, an alarming knack for painting beautiful scenes of distress and dischord, and an entertainingly stream-of-conscious tumblr to top it all off.

The website is set up so that it’s easy and fun to tour the premises of Pallasvuo’s impressive brain. Think of it as a mini-vacation of the mind, and eyeballs.

Andreas Samuelsson

Published April 14, 2010 by Molly

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Remember those sticker books your parents bought to keep you occupied on long car trips? Swedish artist/designer Andreas Samuelsson’s bright, busy screenprints and editioned letterpress prints remind us of those books (but better, clearly.)

Samuelsson is fond of punchy hues and sharply-defined forms, and he works with cut paper collage, watercolor and computer graphics to create his images. Not surprisingly, he has also designed backpacks and skateboards and…well…produced sticker sheets. Because stickers never lose their appeal.

Graham Carter

Published April 13, 2010 by Molly




We love Graham Carter’s lovely, colorful silkscreens on Japanese plywood. The images are painstakingly detailed and lively, and take inspiration from Carter’s illustrations.

Along with his partner Alice, Graham launched Boxbird Gallery & Studios, which represent a passel of illustrators and printmakers. Boxbird is also a working studio with full screen-printing facilities on site. Visit the Boxbird site as well as Graham’s site to check out some of the UK’s finest young printmaking talent.

Holly Wales

Published April 12, 2010 by Molly



London-based illustrator, writer, art director and lecturer Holly Wales has an amazing eye. Her website is a trove of her works (both published and unpublished) as well as a running commentary on all matters relating to design, art, and research. Highlights include scans of recent research, well-turned thoughts on authorship and sign-painting, sinister Swedish cats, the relationship between illustration and journalism, and more!