Pattern Foundry

The pattern foundry is an archive of decorative patterns, open for anyone to see, license and use, created by designers and artists from around the world. The uses of these patterns are not prescribed; they can be applied anywhere and to anything. All patterns must be licensed (payed for) through the pattern Foundry to be used anywhere. The patterns are available for use in 3 different ways; digital download, print-per-order and an evolving preprinted range of products.
For more info visit the website here.

Oscar



Hormazd Narielwalla latest creation, Oscar, is an old English eccentric brought to life by carefully folding vintage Savile Row patterns, and reincarnating them as art.
See more of his collages here.

Wall of Sound


The iVictrola combines cutting edge technology of the early 20th century and the 21st century. Concepted by NYC designer Matt Richmond, he took his love for vintage turntables one step further.
To use - place the iPhone in the dock of the walnut base and turn on your favorite tunes. The sound is carried from a hole in the base, amplified by the metal Magnavox horn to fill the room.
Visit Matt's Etsy shop for more info.

Touchless Automatic Wonder



Lewis Koch is an artist from Madison, Wisconsin. For the past thirty years he has been working independently as a visual artist and documentary photographer. His work has been described as remarkable, mesmeric and as a kind of hallucinogenic experience. Drawing upon element of  ’found text’ and architecture his prints call attention to the mysterious, cryptic words seen in the ordinary world of our daily lives
See more of Lewis' work here.
 
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Drifters


Zacaria Paul's Drifters are abstract painted paper collages applied on driftwood and other found ocean objects. Coexisting with the raw materials and the embedded history, the geometric collages also add a new chapter to the objects' story. The collages are talismans that honor the experience of venturing into natural spaces.
See more of Zacaria's work here.

Folk Object


Folk Object is an ongoing collection of graphic objects derived from the world of folk culture. So far, the pieces include works by Inuits, Native Americans, and a host of current designers and illustrators. The common through-line is that pieces blend ornament with utility. In some cases it’s design-irony and in others it’s an authentic expression of craft.
Check out the amazing collection of folk objects here


Abstractions



Hilma af Klint was a Swedish artist and mystic whose paintings were amongst the first abstract art. Through her work with the group 'the Five' she created experimental automatic drawing as early as 1896, leading her towards an inventive geometric visual language capable of conceptualising invisible forces both of the inner and outer worlds. Quite apart from their diagrammatic purpose the paintings have a freshness and a modern aesthetic of tentative line and hastily captured image.
More images here.

Early Electrics


Early Electrics is an outlet for antique and industrial lighting. Here you'll discover the unique character, rich variety and elegant simplicity of early utilitarian lights. These fixtures were were born to be useful, brightening medical offices, laboratories, factories and other workplaces.
Visit their website here.

A Brand New World



Ruud van Empel is a photographer who obtains his images by pasting together different photographs, creating huge collages that however mantain a very photorealistic look. In this way Ruud van Empel
recreates the dreamy and colorful world of his imagination.
See more of Ruud's work here.

Agent Gallery



Agent Gallery in Chicago offers a focused collection of unique and timeless design items for the home and collector. With the opening of their new showroom, they now feature exhibitions by emerging and mid-career fine artists from across the U.S. and abroad. They have blended art and object in their showroom to complement each other as they would in a natural setting.

Visit their website here.

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Color Berlin



Matthias Heiderich is a German photographer with an incredible eye for color and composition. I absolutely love his eye-popping photographic series Color Berlin.
Check out more of Matthias's work here.

Objects of Obsession


Miroslav Tichý was born in 1926 in what is now the Czech Republic and studied painting at the Academy of Art in Prague. He was arrested in the 1960s and was thrown in prison camp for eight years for no particular reason other than that he was "different" and was considered subversive. After his release he lived in near-isolation in his hometown of Kyjov, and spent his days taking photos of women using cameras inventively constructed from found materials—shoeboxes, tin cans, clothing elastic, toilet paper rolls, even cigarette boxes. The result is works of strikingly unusual formal qualities, which disregard the rules of conventional photography.
For more info visit his website here.

Hard Candy


Matt Condron's hyper realistic paintings should not be lumped together with photo-realism since they have a light-handed painterly texture and narrative that viewers can augment with their own imagination. Condron tranforms plastic bucket seats, (the kind found in coin-laundries) into bright yellow confections that resemble the pricey hard candy found in upscale patisseries or that might grace a modernist designer’s showroom.
See more of Matt's work here.

The Label Man



Ted Staunton interest in 78 rpm labels grew out of another hobby, that of singing in a barbershop quartet. Listening to the sounds of quartets from the long-distant past led him into searching for their original 78 rpm recordings, beginning in the late 1990s. Being a typographic designer by profession, with an interest in history, he soon began to appreciate the wide variety of designs to be found on 78 rpm record labels, and to broaden his collection to include them. By 2002, he decided he had enough to launch a website.
Check out his amazing collection here.

Printed Matter


Evelin Kasikov's Printed Matter is a project about craft within the context of graphic design. Her aim is to bring together craft and modern technology, and explore the possibilities for printing processes to be integrated with textile techniques. Her main influences come from Swiss typography, Dutch book design and Estonian language. By mixing high and low tech, screen based media with slower crafts, she investigate different ways of seeing and experiencing visual messages.
More about the project here.

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From the Pocket


The FROM THE POCKET project features the iPhone Photography (iphoneography) of Chicago-based amateur photographer, Jeremy R. Edwards. All of the images featured on this site were created using Apple's first-generation iPhone and Apple's iPhone 3Gs cameras. Images were edited and processed using various iPhone photography applications only. The project is described as a tri-hybrid of genres: ordinary, intimate, and street.
More about the project here.





Daily Letters


The EndGrain is a wood type and letterpress blog aggregator. Each day, a new wood type will be posted for your enjoyment. You'll find images, writings and discussion about letterpress here, as well as book, printer and shop information, and additional links and resources that every letterpress enthusiast should know.
Visit the EndGrain here.

Ordered Layers



Randall Reid's work reflects the process of aging. Just as our personal history is shaped by our memories, so is his art. The memories are evoked by the textures he creates, and they reside within the materials as well. By combining raw and well-worn materials, he seeks to give visual form to our relationships with the past.
See more of Randall's work here.

Letterheady


Writer Shaun Usher is the creator of Letterheady, an online blog devoted to offline correspondence; specifically Letterhead design . Shaun describes it as, "an online homage to offline correspondence; specifically letters. However, here at Letterheady we don't care about the letter's content. Just its design."
Find out more about Letterheady here.

Crafted Forms


Peter Schuyff is a Dutch-born artist who takes ordinary objects like baseball bats and pencils and carves them into intricate and fragile works of art.
See more of Peter's work here.

Flawed Beauty


Alexis MacKenzie's collages are composed by hand - cut from books she's been collecting for years, and painstakingly pieced together as seamlessly as possible. They create themselves through a process beginning with a loose concept, followed by a series of trials and errors, subtle maneuvers, selection/elimination, harmonious unions, and happy accidents. Her work portrays the world as a flawed thing of beauty - a place that shines brightly, but has a dark side to match.
See more of Alexis work here.

Exposing the Invisible


Nick Veasey is a British photographer and filmmaker working primarily within the medium of X-ray imaging. He uses equipment designed to detect cancer to create art of outstanding beauty and complexity. In a world obsessed with image, Veasey uses industrial x-ray to strip back the layers often revealing a far more beautiful, and complex, underside.
See more of Nick's work here.

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The Archeology of Childhood


Tombees du Camion(Fallen off the Truck) is a small shop in Paris packed with the most eclectic vintage treasures. Here you will find weird doll parts, wooden toys, tiny dice and lots of vintage ephemera. Check out their beautiful website here.

A Visual Vocabulary


For the past 25 years, Trey Speegle has art directed and designed for many publications including Vogue, Vanity Fair and US Weekly. His vast paint-by-number collection functions as a visual vocabulary that he uses as a departure point. Combining them with text, he uses the line templates as structure, painting, collaging and altering them, making use of the Jasper Johns credo:"Take something; do something to it; then do something else to it."
Visit Trey's website here.

William Burroughs’s Stuff



Peter Ross’s photographs of William Burroughs’s possessions provide a glimpse into the material world of someone we thought we knew. Ross explores the myth of the man through a selection of weird, touching, and often unexpected possessions found in Burroughs’s windowless New York City apartment.
See more of Peter's work here.

Cut Up and Remixed


CUT-UP MX is a blog dedicated to Mexican billboards. Chopped up, partly exchanged and randomly assembled they often become exciting commercial collages. CUT-UP MX is run by Norman Palm, associate of fertig design, Berlin.
Visit the blog here.

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Vintage Ad Browser


Vintage Ad Browser was created in 2009/2010 by Google Blogoscoped proprietor Philipp Lenssen. This site aims to collect vintage ads from a variety of sources, including comic books, websites, magazine and more. Beware, you could find yourself browsing for hours!
Visit the website here.

Mysterious Gatherings


In Ryan Mrozowski's paintings strange and mysterious crowds gather in pursuit of knowledge and entertainment. His work is about the effort to understand our world through the various lenses of history, spirituality, science, music, horror films, consumerism, video games, theater productions, sports, literature, etc.
Above all he is interested in a life lived vicariously.
See more of Ryan's work here.

Dansk Pepper


Danish designer Jens Quistgaard began his career as a sculptor and silversmith; and during his young years he made his living making portraits and reliefs. In 1950 his work caught the eye of American entrepreneur Ted Nierenberg and together they established the company Dansk Designs in 1954.
Active as chief designer for the company Quistgaard designed numerous products including this amazing series of teak salt and pepper mills.
For more information on Jens Quistgaard's pepper mills, please visit Teak Pepper.

Tokyo Modern


“100 Views of Great Tokyo in the Shōwa Era,” a series of woodblock prints produced between 1928 and 1940 by Koizumi Kishio, explore the rebirth of Tokyo in the years following the Great Kantō earthquake of 1923. Koizumi’s prints depict the transformation of an important Asian city as it embraced modernity, maintained traditions, and became the site of ultimately disastrous political policies. In addition, Koizumi was a member of a new, modern printmaking movement in Japan known as sōsaku-hanga or “creative printmaking.”

Visit the gallery here.

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Assemblages


Carl Kleiner is a Swedish photographer with an incredible eye for movement, poetic surrealism and the unexpected. His sharp concept of form, lighting, color and composition is close to perfection!
Check out Carl's work here.


Daily Drop Cap


The Daily Drop Cap is an ongoing project by typographer and illustrator Jessica Hische. Each day (or at least each WORK day), a new hand-crafted decorative initial cap will be posted for your enjoyment and for the beautification of blog posts everywhere.
More about the project here.

Stereoscopik



Mathieu Hubert's Stereoscopik project was inspired by an old Viewmaster he used to play with as a kid.
This series of sixteen viewfinder diptychs is more than portraits in the proper sense. Each work implies that the person and the image they’re viewing are related. In the artist statements, Hubert writes: “It could either be what the sitter is really seeing, or it may well be their own memories or even some sort of repressed desires.”
See more of  Mathieu Hubert's work here.

Decor-A-Board



I love these Decor-a-Boards by Pop Ink. They're made out of birch veneer over MDF board, manufactured with recycled wood scraps and unused portions of lumbered trees. Small variations in the woodgrain finish are an inevitable and charming part of this product, naturally.
Available for purchase here.