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Best of Design Sponge /// 15 Posts You Shouldn’t Miss

Since 2004, Grace Bonney’s Design Sponge has been a go-to site for interior design & modern living.  We love it over at Feathr HQ, so we’ve pulled together 15 of our favourite posts.

We’ll be sharing the best of Design Sponge all week on TwitterInstagram & Facebook.  Let us know your picks – or scroll down to discover ours.

 

1. Kiki Slaughter Studio Tour /// June 2015

This excellent studio tour introduced us to the talents of Kiki Slaughter, whose abstract work is found on both canvases and striking textiles.  Alongside the impact of the work, the studio space is truly evocative – hence why the compound around it has been used for filmsets, including The Hunger Games.

Read the original Design Sponge post here.

 

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Photography by Jimmy Johnston.

 

02. Studio Tour: Andrew Molleur /// November 2014

We were immediately struck by the strong lines of Andrew Molleur’s ceramics.  Eschewing predefined notions of what ceramics should be, his pieces work both as functional, beautiful design pieces and as artworks that explore the interaction of “form, material and color”.

Read the original Design Sponge post here.

 

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03. A Harmonious Retreat in the Heart of Amsterdam /// October 2014

Perfection and harmony are all about removal, not addition.  And the Amsterdam home of photographer Barbara Iweins achieves a remarkable balance: serene, calm, light-filled and yet comfortable enough for family life.  Simplicity this successful takes real vision.

Read the original Design Sponge post here.

 

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04. Sketchbook Sneak Peek: Kristen M. Liu /// June 2013

After discovering the work of Kristen M. Liu, she quickly went onto our list of most exciting new artists.  Sometimes crude, always vibrant, laden with a dark sense of humour and sadness, her work is stunningly original even 3 years later.

Read the original Design Sponge post here.

 

 

05. Aomori Nebuta House by Molo /// July 2012

Design*Sponge has followed the work of molo for several years, but this post introduced our favourite piece by them: Nebuta House.  Surrounded by a façade of deep red steel ribbons, that give a sense of a fibrous, organic building, this is a stunning piece of architecture.

Read the original Design Sponge post here.

 

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06. Bloodroot Blades /// July 2012

We’re a sucker for a beautiful knife (especially as Tom & Anne’s surname, Puukko, translates from Finnish to mean ‘Hunting Knife’).  This post was the first time we met Bloodroot Blades and it was love at first sight.

Read the original Design Sponge post here.

 

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07. DIY Project: Giant Paper Flowers from Ruche /// February 2012

This was probably (it’s a close run thing with the DIY street library) our favourite DIY project on Design*Sponge.  These massively over scaled paper blooms, created by Brittany Watson Jepsen, bring a new type of drama to florals.

Read the original Design Sponge post here.

 

Best of Design*Sponge /// Interior Design, Designer Wallpaper, Architecture, Art, Modern & Contemporary Homes /// FEATHR.com

 

08. Sneak Peak: Armin Blasbichler /// July 2011

This was a fantastic introduction to the work of architect Armin Blasbichler.  This post, by Sian Meades (writer and founding editor of Domestic Sluttery & End Papers) covered his surreal and yet traditional log home, built in the South Tyrol.

Read the original Design Sponge post here.

 

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Photography by Ingrid Heiss.

 

09. Jöel Penkman Food Art /// May 2011

This post introduced us to UK artist Jöel Penkman, who pulls on a very British food tradition in her work.  This is pop art with a hint of Margate about it, and is even more loveable for it.

Read the original Design Sponge post here.

 

Best of Design*Sponge /// Interior Design, Designer Wallpaper, Architecture, Art, Modern & Contemporary Homes /// FEATHR.com

 

10.  What’s in Your Toolbox: Rhea Thierstein /// April 2011

The fantastical worlds of Rhea Thierstein put us in mind of a laudanum-soaked romantic poet hallucinating their way through a fading country pile.  Hers is striking and moving work which stopped us in our tracks when we first saw the article.

Read the original Design Sponge post here.

green contemporary abstract bold wallpaper

 

Photography by Tim Walker.

 

 

11.  Gabriel Dawe Thread Installations /// February 2011

We were blown away by these thread installations created by Gabriel Dawe.  Created using over 50 miles of thread, the juxtaposition of the monumental and fragile is truly arresting.

Read the original Design Sponge post here.

 

Best of Design*Sponge /// Interior Design, Designer Wallpaper, Architecture, Art, Modern & Contemporary Homes /// FEATHR.com

 

12.  Sneak Peak: Rob Brinson & Jill Sharp Brinson /// January 2011

This tour of the loft of Atlanta-based photographer Rob Brinson and his stylist wife, Jill Sharp Brinson had us salivating.   There’s the welcoming, but masculine colours, the industrial roughness and then that light – pouring in from over 1,000 panes of glass.

Read the original Design Sponge post here.

 

Photography by Grace Bonney.

 

 

13.  Color Explosion: Brita Swiden /// January 2011

The designs and aesthetic of Brita Sweden cannot be missed.  This was classically quirky Scandinavian designer, delivered in such a way that you couldn’t help by smile – and want to buy it.

Read the original Design Sponge post here.

 

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Photography by Susanne Walstrom.

 

14.  David Stark at The State Department /// December 2010

Okay, so Christmas has passed – but this post has stuck with us over the years.  Designer David Stark was given a unique opportunity to provide the Christmas decor for the Diplomatic Reception Rooms at the State Department in Washington D.C.   With collaborators including Time Inc and InStyle Magazine, the result was a riotous explosion of colour and ideas in a traditional setting.

Read the original Design Sponge post here.

 

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Photography by Susan Montagna.

 

15.  Best of: Fonts in Homes /// October 2010

This ace round up post was stuffed full of imagery featuring, you guessed it, fonts in homes.  Maybes fonts are a little passé now, but 6 years ago this was a treasure trove of typographic delights – including this delight from home of designer Gemma Ahern.

Read the original Design Sponge post here.

 

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Photography by Graham Atkins Hughes.

 

Thanks to Design Sponge for all the absorbing content.

And check out more from our range of artist-made designer wallpaper here, along with our contemporary fabric prints and modern cushions.

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