clouds by georgia o'keeffe, design squish blog

sky above clouds, georgia o'keeffe, design squish blog

Sky Above Clouds by Georgia O’Keeffe

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May 31, 2012


worms, drawing by irina makarova, design squish blog

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May 28, 2012


kria jewelry, design squish blog

kria jewelry, design squish blog

kria jewelry, design squish blog

The Cod Collection from Kria is a study of the fish which has sustained Icelandic culture for centuries and focuses on extracting details to imagine objects of ritualization.



poster by federal art project in ohio, design squish blog

Poster by Federal Art Project, W.P.A, Ohio , US 1938. (Ohio is a buckeye state) Image found in The Library of Congress Photostream

May 27, 2012


vanishing of the bees, environmental documentary

Two great documentaries about bees - VANISHING OF THE BEES and QUEEN OF THE SUN

Both films center around the sudden disappearance of honey bees from beehives around the world, caused by the poorly understood phenomenon known as Colony Collapse Disorder or CCD. Vanishing of the Bees does not draw any firm scientific conclusions as to the precise cause or causes of CCD, it does suggest a link between neonicotinoid pesticides and CCD.  Queen of the Sun explores the historical and contemporary relationship between bees and humans. 

vanishing of the bees, adam makarenko

Artwork by Adam Makarenko.


May 13, 2012


symbiosis, log fi, stanley ruiz, design squish blog

LOG-FI is a project by Stanley Ruiz and Wataru Sakuma of Masaeco.
Speakers were cast from tree logs with 100% paper pulp!



reclaimed materials, weaved old t-shirts made into soft chair padding

T-shirt chair by Maria Westerberg. Unique upholstery is created by weaving old t-shirts and textiles through chair structure. 

May 12, 2012


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Re-Love  is a project by MAEZM.“Most clothes and chairs used in the past were collected by the artists and other relevant parties. It was designed based on a new method using objects in which memories remain and original function gone.  The discarded chair once again becomes a comfortable sofa with clothes on top. Clothes are what enable the chair to play its part. This is also understood as one’s own past. As clothes are tangled, memories can be tied up to create a new love. To love the things again means to add another function to them. To love the things again means to add another function to them”

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“To love the things again here needs be distinguished from recycling. Though the old and ragged chair in my room will gradually lose a great deal of its original function, it will hold prevalent value over other new ones through the time and space shared with me. This chair may carry an image of myself on it, stretching leg to the floor, or elaborately cherish a reminiscence of a time when I conversed with someone.
Sharing of such time and memory is also a matter of intimacy between me and the thing. However, regrettably enough, we repeatedly replace the thing for a new ‘goods’ unconsciously in pursuit of the ‘function’ it provides. The relationship between a thing and people should be understood as an expression of
‘self love’ on oneself as a result rather than personifying a thing. The intention is that the act of loving a thing again is engraved as love of one self about the time and space, and such love be proposed as methodology through ‘RE_LOVE’ “

May 11, 2012


during sakura festivel, brooklyn botanical garden, design squish blog

Photo taken at Brooklyn Botanical Garden during cherry blossom festival.


SALTILLO SARAPE, handcrafted, design squish blog

SALTILLO SARAPE, dizziying amazing, rug, design squish blog

SALTILLO SARAPE, dizzying amazing, carpet, design squish blog

saltillo sarapes, dizzying, design squish blog

Stunningly dizzying handwoven saltillo sarapes at the Museum of American Indian. “The earliest Saltillo Sarapes, from before about 1850, employ hand-woven wools and organic dyes (indigo, vegetal green and ivory/natural wool—including an extremely costly red dye, cochineal, produced by pulverizing cochineal bugs, a parasite of the nopal cactus. The designs of these early sarapes, generally a diamond of some sort, are linear and geometric. Sarapes are distinct from the world’s other great textile traditions. There are eye-dazzling effects, particularly in the central medallion, and some early examples vibrate like a piece of Op Art”

May 08, 2012


spring flowers, field, design squish blog

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May 01, 2012