TOTE

riot tote, design squish blog


December 29, 2013

MOTHLIKE

mothlike, design squish blog

amy revier, mothlike, handwoven textile coat, design squish blog

Handmade quilted coat by Amy Revier.


July 07, 2013

AUTUMN GRASSES

autumn grasses, design squish blog

autumn grasses, design squish blog

Autumn grasses by Julia Avseneva


CATEGORIES:   fashion, NATURE,
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October 30, 2012

1970’s NATURE BUTTONS FROM RUSSIA

70's russian forest flowers button, design squish blog

70's russian bluebells buttons, design squish blog

70's russian thistle button, design squish blog

russian 1970' cornflower button, design squish blog

russula mushroom button, 1970's, russian,  design squish blog

oak button, russia, soviet, design squish blog

blackberry button, russian 1970's buttons, design squish blog

podosinovik, design squish blog

Buttons from top to bottom: water lily, lily of the valley, first flowers, chamomile, bluebells, thistle, cornflower, russel muhroom, oak, blackberry, red under aspen mushroom.

- http://www.etsy.com/listing/107760651/soviet-mushroom-button-badge-vintage


October 09, 2012

KRIA

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.

- http://kriajewelry.com


May 28, 2012

AVOSKA - RUSSIAN NET BAG

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Avoska, translated as “just in case” is a Russian net bag.  Avoska collapses to fit inside your fist and expands to hold 12 grapefruits. It is easy to wash and boxes edges do not rip it’s threads. Best of all, it prevents plastic bags from gathering in your kitchen corner or the world’s landfills.  With the popularization of plastic bags after the 90’s (after the fall of Soviet Union) avoska bags gradually went into disuse in Russia.

avoska, russia, street, design squish blog

people carrying avoska bags, russia, design squish blog

Above: Russia 1959. People carrying avoska bags. Photo: Carl Mydans.

Contemporary Russian folklore:  Once upon a time in Russia there lived a simple little net bag - Avoska. Everyone loved her.  People took her with them everywhere - to the store, farmers market and even birthdays. But then….plastic bags came and people forgot about Avoska.  To see what happens next watch this really adorable 3 minute film on Youtube:  http://www.youtube.com/avoska

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Above: Boy hugging avoska bag from short “Avoska” film (See above)

Read blog dedicated to Avoski:  http://avoski.livejournal.com/

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June 07, 2011

I LOVE: VALENKI

felt boots, valenki, traditional russian footwear, design squish blog

I am absolutely in love with %100 wool felt boots, valenki. Traditional Russian footwear. A great alternative to Uggs.

russian felt boots, valenki, design squish blog

felt boots, valenki, russian footwear, design squish blog


December 30, 2010

BAGS FROM RECLAIMED TRACTOR INNER TUBES

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design squish blog

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Bags from reclaimed tractor inner tubes by Chicago based company Defy Bags. Old materials. New ideas.

http://www.defybags.com


November 19, 2010

EARTH TONES: DESIGN SQUISH’S ETSY ECO PICKS

birch mug, ceramics, pottery, clay


This mug by lenni08 reminds me of where I grew up. There are many birch trees in Russia — it’s considered the national tree.


birch bark necklace, jewelry


This necklace made of birch bark by bettula is inspired by the discarded and unusual. You don’t have to think very hard to figure out which tree is my favorite.


redesign, rotating bike wheel pot rack


When I was growing up, people in Russia did not have a lot of money to buy new wares, so they made belongings out of other objects. To this day I think it is pretty cool to see objects and materials being reused, like this rotating bike wheel pot rack by plaidclad


recycled leather necklace


These beautiful and valuable bits and pieces almost disappeared into the garbage pile forever! Get inspired to recycle by the digit recycled leather necklace by mainichi and shift key typewriter vintage pendant necklace by PreciousPastimes.


restored dresser


This neglected dresser was salvaged and restored by rubyrhino1 and made into a vintage masterpiece.  It reminds me of our summer dacha in Russia.


Read full Design Squish guest Curator post on Etsy:


- Earth Tones: Design Squish’s Eco Picks

 


September 16, 2010

SOFT ACCESSORIES FROM RECLAIMED MATERIALS

Slippers made from recycled, felted 100% lambswool sweater and recycled leather

Slippers made from recycled, felted 100% lambswool sweater and recycled leather

I am drawn to comfortable, soft accessories from reclaimed materials.
Slippers made from recycled, felted 100% lambswool sweater and recycled leather by Wooly Baby as well as this upcycled slouch bag made from the sleeves of a mens wool dress coat by Betsy & Bess...


upcycled slouch bag made from the sleeves of a mens wool dress coat


August 16, 2010

NEW TREND: CYCLE CHIC

bike chic

Bike fashion is really hitting its peak.  There are more and more people biking Fort Tilden beach everyday.  Great bike fashion blog I found recently - http://piubici.tumblr.com/

bike chic, cycle fashion

bike fashion, cycle chic

cycle chic, bike culture, fashion


bike fashion, cycle chic

bike fashion, cycle chic  bike fashion, cycle chic

Special addition for Jen: bike helmet chic. Beautiful bike helmets:

bike helmet chic, beautiful, stylish helmets, design squish blog

bike helmets are beautiful, design squish blog

Stylish bike helmets:

hstylish bike helmets, design squish blog


CATEGORIES:   LIFESTYLE, fashion,
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July 16, 2010

DIY: MAKE YOUR OWN BIKE MESSENGER BAG

diy bike messenger bag, billboard sign material

recycled banner bike bag, make your own messenger bike bag

I was excited to find these great “Recycled Banner Golden Mean Messenger Bags”  DIY instructions a la Freitag bike messenger bags.  (Can be made under $5 !!!!!!!!!!!!!). Comfortable, light, tough billboard sign material (waterproof). To view instructions please visit: EEIO Golden Mean messenger bag instructions
In stores, nice bike messenger bags can be $200. Making your own not only saves money but also is good for environment.  I just saw a truck driver discard a big piece of truck tarpaulin and now it is lying on the street waiting to be made into bags.


March 03, 2010

WHITE ORGANIC COTTON AND NATURAL SILK SATEEN DRESS

white organic cotton and silk evening dress

Kaelyn Garcia’s Organic Cotton and natural silk sateen circle dress.


CATEGORIES:   design, ECO, fashion,
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May 05, 2009

NADIA NOUR

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design squish blog

Nadia Nour is a fashion designer based in New York City.  Nadia keeps manufacturing and sourcing supplies for her garments local and uses organics as much as possible - naturally dyed silks,  fabrics that are healthy for people and the environment.  Her clothing designs are sophisticated, high-end and chic but at the same time organic and sustainable. 


May 03, 2009