One of my New Year’;s resolutions for 2015 is to collaborate with others on creative projects. I’;ve often believed that I do my best work alone, but the older I get, the more I realize that wonderful things happen when you join forces with people who inspire you. In fact, as I’;ve written Decoist posts over the past month, I’;ve noticed some amazing collaborations occurring in the world of design. Today I’;m highlighting 3 that have inspired me, and they range in scale from a large retail collaboration project to a carefully curated design studio endeavor. Ready for a closer look?…
Alyson Fox and Ferm Living
We begin with the recent collaboration between artist Alyson Fox and ferm LIVING, a design studio and brand founded by Trine Andersen. The 2 joined forces for ferm LIVING’;s Spring/Summer 2015 collection, and given that I’;m a huge fan of both, you can only imagine my excitement when I learned they’;d teamed up! Below we see the geo-fabulous Cut Cushions:
The Cut Bed Cover in Grey reveals the bold minimalism of Fox’;s patterns. It’;s no wonder her illustration work is featured at ferm LIVING, a design house that values modern, retro and Scandinavian motifs.
Next we see the Kelim Rug in Small, a hand made product with illustration by Alyson Fox. Since I’;m a long-time fan of ferm LIVING’;s Kelim Rugs, it was interesting to see how Fox put her stamp on the concept. In a word: fabulous.
Fox’;s textile design abilities are further highlighted by the Cone Cushion, shown above in Curry and below in Rose. This cotton cushion is accented with triangle-motif embroidery details, which add texture and bold patterning:
Below we see the Cone Quilted Blanket, as well as a range of other textiles designed by Fox, proving that her illustrations are ideal for kids and grown-ups alike.
Alyson Fox and ferm LIVING are a match made in heaven. I’;m already dreaming of future collaborations…
Kate Spade Saturday and West Elm
Next I’;ll highlight the collaboration between Kate Spade Saturday and West Elm, which recently debuted as part of West Elm’;s fresh batch of new arrivals. While browsing West Elm’;s offerings for spring, I was consistently drawn to item after item featuring bold colors and patterns. Only after clicking on them one by one did I realize that all my faves were part of the Kate Spade Saturday/West Elm collaboration. There’;s something about Kate Spade Saturday designs that evoke spontaneity and timeless style. Below we see a few highlights:
It’;s also fun to see West Elm hits like the Ben2od Slipper Chair covered in Kate Spade Saturday’;s Subway Tile Print. It was only a matter of time before grids found their way to midcentury-inspired furnishings!
The geometric pattern of the Kate Spade Saturday Neon Diamond Wool Pouf consists of interlocking diamond-like forms crafted from 100% wool. An instant focal point that adds function and style to the room of your choice:
2-toned patterns of the diagonal variety are one of today’;s top trends, making the Kate Spade Saturday Chambray Diagonal Duvet Cover + Shams a timely design find. Created from cotton chambray that’;s cut and sewn together, the look is trendy yet high end, thanks to quality craftsmanship.
Many of Kate Spade Saturday’;s patterns for West Elm highlight colors such as yellow, blue and grey, as shown below by an assortment of pillows, including the Zigzag Pillow Covers with their bold stripes:
Retro meets modern style, thanks to the Globe Table Lamp, which channels New York City’;s subway entrance lamps, thanks to 2 orbs that produce diffused light. A blackened metal base completes the look.
Also featured in the Kate Spade Saturday/West Elm collaboration is an array of designs filled with bright hues and patterns that evoke floral motifs. Below we see Abstract II, a canvas-wrapped wood frame covered in vibrant colors:
Even more Kate Spade Saturday finds are waiting to be discovered. Head on over to West Elm to see the full collaboration.
John Hogan and Ladies & Gentlemen Studio
Do you remember last week’;s post on still life inspiration for interior design? It was here that I first blogged about the work of Seattle-based glass artist John Hogan. He’;s collaborated with one of my favorite design studios: Ladies and Gentlemen Studio, founded by Dylan Davis and Jean Lee. Below we see SHAPE UP, a lighting series that celebrates geometric shapes and mixed materials.
The glass lamp shades are crafted by John Hogan, and their abstract forms are connected to the lighting system via a ne2rk of cords. The result is a sculptural end product that is both functional and artistic:
Next we have Atlas, a series of table lights created in another collaboration between L&G Studio and John Hogan. Each lamp’;s solid glass optical diffuser is a one-of-a-kind work hand-sculpted by Hogan himself.
Since Hogan is committed to exploring the optical qualities of glass in his work, it’;s no surprise that his Atlas diffusers are enhanced by embedded layers of materials such as silver leaf, mirror and iridescent glass.
Add L&G Studio’;s commitment to impeccable design and interesting mixes of materials (note the use of copper, brass and corian below for the design of the bases), and you have a lighting series that’;s also a true work of art.
Inspired? I know I am! Whether your creative projects are big or small, consider collaborating with people who inspire you for your upcoming endeavors. The collaborations above have made me a believer in the process!
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