Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

Brian Everett Featured on Design*Sponge


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It was so exciting to see one of our favorite artists Brian Everett of EVRT Studio and his cleverly decorated Kansas home featured over at Design*Sponge this week. For the full tour, click here. For now, here’s a little teaser:


Friday, October 8th, 2010

Flickr Faves on Fridays: Artful Arrangement


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Ah, arranging artwork. It can be so confounding. It certainly helps to look at inspirational images like this one from Flickr member Plastolux. Love the black wall, love that blonde bureau on a stand, love the images, love the way they are arranged. This is from Plastolux’s former house – be sure to follow the new house adventure on the Plastolux blog!


Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

Designer Interview: Mary and Topher from makelike


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I’m really excited to share a bit of insight behind the creative minds involved with makelike. If I had to pick a new set of friends the Portland, Oregon based designers, Mary and Topher, would be at the top of my list. Why? Well, who wouldn’t want to be friends with someone who collects Boy Scout camp coffee mugs, framed photos of St. Mary’s Lake in Glacier National Park, vintage Brock dinnerware and photos of other people’s pets? Not to mention they are majorly skilled artists and seem like really fun, interesting, witty people. Enjoy!

photo courtesy of Adrian Gaut

Great brand name…what does it mean and where did it come from?

Thanks! We were inspired by the mysteriously undocumented folklore behind “makelike” phrases (makelike a tree and leave, etc.), so we chose it as our name (thanks to our friend Bob) and hosted a dinner party where our friends helped us write our own makelike phrases. We’ve also found that due to our “West Coast dialects” we end up saying it inadvertently in sentences when concepting ideas (e.g. “We could make, like, a really awesome tea towel.”)

Tell us about the process of starting makelike and how you got where you are today.

We got our official start in 2000…although we (Mary and Topher) had been working together at a Portland design firm called Johnson & Wolverton for several years prior. Our first job as makelike was a 200+ page spec magazine called MILK with CD Richard Christiansen (now Chandelier Creative, NYC), with whom we have collaborated with for the past ten years on various editorial (and other) jobs – including Suede and Radar (second iteration) magazines. We’ve always tried to incorporate pattern within all of our projects and our first intern (and now #3 man) Rob Halverson brought the hand-drawn stuff with him in 2000 from MCAD. Using self generated art successfully for our client’s projects for so many years, we finally decided to do it for ourselves in 2009 with our product line. We all love cacti, so we started with that as our first collection’s theme.

How would you describe your design style/philosophy? How has it evolved over the years?

We believe in making things that people want to keep – or better yet, cherish. What is the point of spending the time and resources to make something and then have it discarded or recycled? We try and make things with personality or soul – things you want to collect. For the product line, we’ve made things that we want to see in our own homes! A portion of our our time “designing” has evolved from something we do only for clients, to something we also do for ourselves. That’s made it a lot more fun. Aesthetically, when you take a step back and look at our client work over the years, you’ll probably notice that our style is diverse, flexible and capable of shape-shifting, but overall, we’ve stayed true to a consistent approach that ties everything together as a cohesive body of work – regardless of it’s complexity or simplicity.

You guys sound like you can do just about anything, photography, printmaking, sewing, installation…any favorite mediums? Any type of art you’ve been itching to try?

Well yeah, I guess we can….We all went to art school and we all studied some design in school – but none of us majored in it. That gives us a wide variety of skill-sets and the ability to do anything. Plus we live in the middle of a creative hotbed (Portland, Oregon), where it’s possible (and really easy) to remain curious, share and learn new things from the gifted people that surround you – every day!  Go spirit of collaboration!

Your dream project?


Please share five things/people/places that inspire you.

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Monday, October 5th, 2009

Inspiration Monday: Twentieth Century Pattern Design


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The book I laid out on my coffee table this week is Twentieth Century Pattern Design by Lesley Jackson. Many of these prints have been making a huge comeback over the past ten years, as we’ve seen them everywhere from Josef Frank Anthropologie sofas to William Morris Prada pumps.

An array of Art Noveau prints designed around the turn of the cenury. Clockwise from top left: Lindsay Butterfield, Sidney Mawson, Allan Vigers, and George C. Haite.

Vegetable Tree by Josef Frank

Afrika by Vicke Landstrand

Ros och liga by Gocken Jobs

Kamaeleon by Marie Gudme Leth

Tulip by William Morris

An array of Art Noveau prints designed around the turn of the cenury. Clockwise from top left: Lindsay Butterfield, Sidney Mawson, Allan Vigers, and George C. Haite.

all images from Twentieth Century Pattern Design by Lesley Jackson.


Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

Lost Charley Harper Prints Exhibit in the ‘natti


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Thanks to Maya over at Visualingual, for letting me know about the Charley Harper exhibit at Fabulous Frames in Cincinnati (10817 Montgomery Road location). Here’s the story, from Fabulous Frames’ blog:

Included in the exhibit will be approximately 50 original paintings created by Charley for Ford Times and Lincoln Mercury Times magazines between 1948 and 1982. The illustrations were reproduced in the magazines, but the originals were thought to have been lost until they were discovered in a Ford Motor Company vault earlier this year.

With the permission of Edsel Ford II, the entire collection was returned to the Harper family, which organized this exhibit with Fabulous Frames & Art, an art gallery and custom-framing shop that has had a relationship with the Harpers for over 30 years. Charley’s son Brett Harper will be on hand during the opening reception to introduce this important body of work.

The exhibit opens this weekend and runs through August 8. Also, Fabulous Frames has some wonderful Harper prints for sale online here. Some may surprise you; Maya got me giggling over this one:

I love this Blenko-looking bottle one as well:

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