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It’s no secret I’m obsessed with Fornasetti plates. Piero Fornasetti was an Italian painter, sculptor, interior decorator and engraver. He created more than 11,000 items, many featuring the face of a woman, operatic soprano Lina Cavalieri, as a motif. Fornasetti found her face in a 19th-century magazine. “What inspired me to create more than 500 variations on the face of a woman?” asks Italian designer, Piero Fornasetti of himself. “I don’t know,” he admits, “I began to make them and I never stopped.” The “Tema e Variazioni” (theme and variation) plate series based on Cavalieri’s face numbered more than 350.

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Don’t these look great together? It’s easy to see why they could so easily be turned into patterns for wallpaper. It just goes to show if you have a good idea, or beautiful art or illustration, the applications for that art is limitless! Today the “Theme & Variation” plates have been turned into dinnerware, wallpapers, and printed on just about any object you can imagine.

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Aren’t there great? Check out the wallpaper in use in these interiors below.

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One day when I have a home of my own, I can’t wait to collect the plates and have a Fornasetti bathroom or kitchen! Stay turned as I continue to post about the magical world of Fornasetti. Get into it!

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Today I stumbled across the a-mazing work of Brooklyn-based artist Lorna Simpson and I’m so in love with her mixed-media collages. A graduate of the School of Visual Arts, Simpson rose to prominence in the 80s and 90s. Simpson, who’s work has been exhibited at MoMA and have exhibitions all over the world, has been creating work for over 30 years. I’d never heard of her before today, but I’m totally in love with this series. I really really really need to get started creating my own work and collaging again. So until I do, get into the great work of Lorna Simpson!

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Detail (below).

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How great do these look in a group? (above and below).

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Recently I stumbled across the illustration of Andreas Samuelsson and quickly fell in love with the simple style and bright colors he uses in his work. His bio states, “Letters, stylized objects, symbols and details are important elements of Andreas Samuelsson’s creativity. He likens his way of working to a musician sampling audio clips. “I like to put the pieces together and build up pictures quite freely”, he explains. “The goal is to break down an image so that it becomes as pure as possible.” –Molly & Co.  Awesome huh? Scroll below to see a few of my favorites. If you’d like to see every more, check out his entire portfolio site here. Get into it!

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A few days ago, I blogged about W’s December 2013 Art Issue featuring George Clooney in a suit painted by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama. W’s magazine cover inspired me to look more into her work and the 2012 Louis Vuitton x Yayoi Kusama collaboration, images of which I also shared in the previous post. Today I’m sharing some of the A-MAZING in-store experiences Louis Vuitton created around the world in cities like Paris, London and New York. It’s neat seeing Kusama’s work come to life in an retail experience. Each of these pop-up shops are practically works of art themselves. As a windows and in-store experience designer, and someone into textile and pattern design, Kusama’s work is the perfect marriage of the two. So check out these interiors and beautiful store windows below. Embrace the polka dot. Love the polka dot!

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And now for the store windows (below).

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A few weeks ago I discovered the work of LA-based designer and illustrator Geoff McFetridge. After design school, McFetridge art directed the Beastie Boys’ magazine Grand Royal before starting his own studio, Champion Graphics. Recently his work was featured on t-shirts and Jack Spade’s blog. What I really love Geoff’s work is how graphic and abstract it is. His paintings are simple and minimal in form, but there’s a great sense of design in each. He also has a great sense of color. But above all, you easily see his sense of humor and wit. Nothing I love more than a designer that doesn’t take himself too seriously. How refreshing! Weeks ago, a friend alerted me that Lonny Magazine featured a profile of Jonathen Adler & Simon Doonan’s Manhattan apartment in their September 2013 issue, and to my great surprise, guess who’s work Adler is displaying in his living room? Geoff McFetridge! Great choice!

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Are the pants coming on or off? I love this one, currently my iphone wallpaper!

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Yesterday I blogged about the creative sketchbooks of Harold Hollingsworth, and today I’d like to take a closer look at his paintings and studio. Hollingsworth is based in Seattle, Washington and has exhibited works in Berlin, Cincinnati, Minneapolis, Los Angeles, Portland, and (of course) Seattle. Above you can see his painting Double Rocker (my favorite!) in his studio. I love the graphic nature of his mixed media paintings. Many remind me of the layered wheat-pasted posters that cover barricades around NYC. I also like that his work appears very typographic in appearance to my graphic design eyes. If you enjoy Hollingsworth’s work like I do, follow him on Twitter, Tumblr, check his blog, and see what he’s up to on Flickr.

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problem with 5 – oil on canvas – 36”x48” – 2011 (above)

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jägerklause – mixed media on canvas – 30″x40″ – 2012 (above)

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winter loops – oil on canvas – 72″x40″ (above)

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hugs[x] – mixed media on canvas – 48″x60″ – 2011

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And now let’s take a peak into his studio! (below)

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I love how everything is connected on the internet  …  Today I stumbled across the A-MAZING sketchbooks of Harold Hollingsworth on Flickr and paused because they reminded me of  sketchbooks I created during my summer in Copenhagen. Weeks, maybe even months earlier, I found the image above on Tumblr and thought it was a wheat paste  poster, or a piece of found typography, but I had no idea where it came from, or who created it. Turns out it is by Hollingsworth! After I discovered his sketchbooks and began searching for information to write this post, I found his blog and tumblr. One thing lead to another, and I finally found who created the work of art I liked so much. I love what that happens! Today I’m sharing pages from his sketchbooks, and tomorrow I’ll share some of Hollingsworth’s mixed-media paintings. In the sketchbooks, I love how each page is more a “composition” rather than a “sketchbook”. Each page or spread is like a work of art. Experimental, gestural and full of energy. How great are these?

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