herman yu

items: greeting cards
designer: herman yu
images via: modern paper goods
comments: herman is a seattle based designer. her stationery designs are captivating. the colors are muted, the images are ethereal, yet the overall impression is modern. the paper is uncoated and heavy in weight which adds to the quality of experiencing these cards in person. years ago, i was lucky enough to meet her at the new york stationery show. she is as lovely a person as she is talented a designer. wow. check out her website for more of her work and find a local store that carries her cards. you will fall in love. i did.

inspiration pad, marc thomasset

item: inspiration pad
designer: marc thomasset, belgium
photos via: marc thomasset
comments: marc is a designer from brussels. the inspiration pad was a personal project of his. as someone who is seldom without a journal, this just caught my eye. it would be so fun to scribble and sketch in this notebook. hope you enjoy it. you can find more of marc's work on his website and on behance.

fiducia vases and candlesticks by louise campbell for kahler design

item: fiducia vases and candlesticks
designer: louise campbell for kahler design
photos via: kahler design and louise campbell
comments: these ceramic vases and candlesticks are meant to be displayed in groups. their "arms" have magnets so that they can be arranged into many configurations and will hold together nicely. the curved shapes and fun colors are lovely. please take a look at louise's website to see more of her work. her talent is boundless.

spring street studio, hanna werning

items: surface designs
designer: hanna werning of spring street studio, sweden
images via: spring street studio
comments: hanna is an incredibly talented designer from stockholm. her patterns shown here are for textiles (sofa covers for ikea and fabric for anna sui clothing designs), wallpaper, and ceramics. the wall papers are also posters. the size is 19.7" X 27.5" and is designed with a repeat pattern when pasted to a wall but also stands alone as a poster. love this idea! i especially love the large areas of reverse (white area where there is no ink) that create those beautiful silhouettes in the fourth image. the complexity of forms and colors in her work is wonderful. how she balances it, amazing. please check out her website to see more of her work. you won't be disappointed.

studio snowpuppe, origami lampshades

item: origami lampshades
designed by: studio snowpuppe, netherlands
photos via: snowpuppe etsy shop
comments: nellianna van den baard (architect) and kenneth veenenbos (industrial designer), of studio snowpuppe, designed these origami lampshades. not only are they beautiful in form, but the choice of material (paper) creates a soft, ambient light which is diffused and soothing. the lampshades are designed to be used with led bulbs which is an added environmental bonus. please check out their etsy shop for more of their amazing work.

kirstu storage, studio suppanen for marimekko

item: kirstu storage
design firm: studio suppanen
photos via: studio suppanen
comments: the base of this storage is made from polyester felt which is rigid but tactile at the same time. the lid, with its playful pattern, can also be used as a tray. what i love about this design is that it is functional but also beautiful. i admire when designers take products that can sometimes be mundane and make them so much more. this is visually interesting storage that can also be used as a table. this is storage that you would want to leave out on display. that is quite a feat. please check out studio suppanen's website (link above) for more of their beautiful work.