HOMESTEAD/DACHA NOSTALGIA

patch sofa, affairs design studio, homestead, dacha nostalgia, design squish blog

dacha nostalgia, design squish blog

okra kitchen towel, patch design, design squish blog

Patch Sofa by Affairs Design Studio, dacha photograph by Моля Моля, woodblock hand printed Okra kitchen towel by Patch Design Studio.


July 07, 2013

FOLK ART PEG AND MORTIS CHAIRS

peg and mortis folk art chairs, design squish blog

peg and mortis folk art chairs, design squish blog

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Chairs constructed without using nails, screws and glue.


October 29, 2012

RUGGED

wood table, design squish blog 

cutting boards, design squish blog

Above: Musicians at Port Townsend Farmers Market.


August 14, 2012

SEASHELL NECKLACE

seashell necklace, rope, net, design squish blog

Seashell necklace made from seashells found on the shores of Florida. Holes in seashells are naturally carved by predatory Moon Snail.


ON ETSY: https://www.etsy.com/listing/105208093/nautical-seashel-necklace


July 25, 2012

SALTILLO SARAPES

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

SEASHELL NECKLACE

nautical seashell necklace, buy on etsy, design squish

Nautical Seashell Necklace is made from seashells found on the shores of Florida’s Sanabel Island.  Holes in seashells are naturally carved by predatory snail called Moon Snail.

On ETSY: http://www.etsy.com/listing/98197985/seashell-nautical-necklace

 


April 25, 2012

BASKETS, HANDMADE IN BROOKLYN

handmade rope baskets, design squish blog Handmade rope baskets by Brooklyn-based artist Doug Johnston.

January 25, 2012

HANDMADE PENCILS

handmade diy pencils, design squish blog

handmade pencils, design squish blog

French designer Ariane Prin has been working on a project called “From Here for Here” as a part of her master’s program at the Royal College of Art. This project produces pencils sustainably by using waste from various departments of the school with the goal of supplying drawing tools for students. Each pencil has a center filled with graphite from the glass department, and its body comprised of sawdust from the wood workshop, clay from the ceramic department, and flour from the cafeteria.  Watch a video on how these pencils were made on DesignBoom


July 10, 2011

PALM REED

palm reed baskets, design squish blog


Palm reed (buri) is the matured leaf of the palm. It is a great material for hats, bags, slippers, window blinds, mats, brooms and baskets. 

Carefully handcrafted baskets made of palm reed, leather, and metal designed by Brooklyn-based designer from Philippines,  Stanley Ruiz.

-http://stanleyruiz.com

palm reed baskets, work in progress, design squish blog


May 12, 2011

AUTUMN WORKSHOP

birch log lamp, autumn workshop, design squish blog

autumn workshop, terrarium floor lamp, design squish blog

autumn workshop, terrarium floor lamp, design squish blog

Autumn Workshop is a design and fabrication studio started by Brooklyn based designer Daniel Goers. The workshop designs products and furniture inspired by natural and found materials, often integrating plant and animal habitats.  Autumn workshop lamps are now on display until May 11 at Saffron* flower shop(31 Hanson Place, Brooklyn, NY)

-http://www.autumn-workshop.com

*Saffron is a boutique flower, vintage and handcrafted goods shop in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. They regularly present work by local artists amongst an exciting assortment of exotic plants and handmade items.


March 20, 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

MEET “VLADIMIR”, THE SHIPPING PALLET MIRROR

karl zahn, upcycled shipping pallet mirror, pallet redesign, design squish blog

“Vladimir” or “Pallet Mirror” by Karl Zahn is made using two partially destroyed shipping pallets. “The scars on the lumber tell a story of its travels. While the form is reminiscent of old victorian french mirrors, its origin is far from gold leaf” -Karl Zahn

karl zahn, upcycled shipping pallet mirror, pallet redesign,design squish blog

karl zahn, upcycled shipping pallet mirror, pallet redesign,design squish blog

karl zahn, upcycled shipping pallet mirror, pallet redesign, design squish blog


December 19, 2010

BEAUTIFUL ILLUSTRATIONS OR HOW TO MAKE TOYS FROM ACORNS

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Above: Moth from various leaves, acorn, rose hip, sticks.

It is autumn and acorns, pine cones, sticks and various seeds are available outside. These are some wonderful illustrations instructing on how to make toys from found natural materials. (Поделки из природных материалов)

Some materials to think about:

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Snake from acorns, string and acorn caps:

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Cat from deergrass, sticks and maple seeds:

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Above: Bear from pine cones. (ha-ha)

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DIY hedgehog from pine needles and pine cone.

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Donkey from acorn, sticke, peaunut, maple seeds.

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Goldfish from acorn, oak leaves, maple seeds.

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Owls from pine cones.


November 22, 2010

SHEEP POO PAPER

sheep poo paper, environmentally friendly materials, design squish blog

sheep poo paper, environmentally friendly materials, design squish blog

Paper made out of sheep poo.  I personally touched it and it is very very soft.


July 30, 2010

DISPOSABLE PLATES FROM FALLEN PALM LEAVES

eco friendly, disposable plates made from fallen palm leaves

eco friendly, disposable plates made from fallen palm leaves

eco friendly, disposable plates made from fallen palm leaves

VerTerra’s disposable tableware is a great alternative to plastic and paper plates. It is made from fallen palm leaves and water only and biodegrades naturally within two months.


June 07, 2010