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Lava Rock — So Hot Right Now

The Guadalajara-based studio Peca made coasters out of it. Formafantasma paired it with more refined materials like brass and glass. Aleks Pollner and Adrien Rovero are obsessed with it. Now, the latest designer to be inspired by plucking basalt from the earth and fashioning it into something, well, fashionable is Laura Bilde, a furniture and interior design student from Denmark who sent us this seriously on-trend lighting series this week.
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Thea Djordjadze Is Your New Favorite Artist

The Georgian–born, Berlin-based sculptor has a way of combining references to modernist architecture with a palette of diverse, process-oriented materials like plaster, foam, and linoleum that's total catnip to those of us in the design world.
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The Beautifully Bizarre Franken-Candles of Dutch Artist Helmut Smits

Helmut Smits is a Rotterdam-based artist who works in the vein of designers like Dominic Wilcox or Sebastian Errazuriz — his portfolio is bursting at the seams with quick, clever creative experiments, the product of a hyperactive mind with a healthy sense of humor. Some of the projects are silly, some are conceptual, and others are just plain visually lovely, like a series featuring candles of all shapes and sizes melted together into color-blocked totems.
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The Collage-Like Paintings of L.A. Artist Ramsey Dau

The elements of Los Angeles-based Ramsey Dau's artworks look like they've been torn from old encyclopedias, or found in a utility drawer, or cut from Memphis material libraries, then assembled into collages that blend the modern and the primitive. But sometimes looks can be deceiving.
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Canadian furniture designer Thom Fougere

A Canadian Furniture Designer Strikes Out On His Own

At the age of just 24, having just graduated from architecture school, the Winnipeg–based designer Thom Fougere became the creative director of EQ3 (which is something like the Canadian version of Room & Board). Now, just five years later, Fougere has opened up his own shop as well.
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Junpei Inoue

Junpei Inoue’s Technicolor Wall Hangings

Being multi-taskers ourselves, we have nothing but admiration for people like Junpei Inoue — not only does he split his time between Brooklyn and Tokyo, he spends his days toggling between running and designing an art magazine, designing websites and logos for other people, and creating illustrations for textiles and fashion. Not such a stretch —until you consider his art practice as well, in which he creates intricate yarn-based wall hangings that are dyed using careful applications of acrylic paint.
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Jewelry Made From Stone, Resin, and Plastic Trash

Most of Mexican designer Poleta Rodete's jewelry is made from raw granite or marble. Her special collection for the Mexico City design gallery Ángulo Cero also appears to be composed of elements scavenged from nature — the kind of plastic or glass bits you sometimes find washed up on the shore — yet Rodete has fabricated the pieces from scratch, by mixing limestone, marble, granite, epoxy resin, and plastic trash to create an entirely new material.
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Melbourne Furniture Designers Pop & Scott

Shortly after meeting one another, Poppy Lane and Scott Gibson realized they had a shared habit of dreaming up possibilities for running their own businesses. Their initial ideas for a joint venture ranged from a hip retro bike shop to a hangover café. What they finally ended up launching, however, was more of an accident: A furniture line called Pop & Scott, which grew organically from the couple’s attempts to create pieces for their own home that they wanted, but couldn’t find in stores, which it turned out other people wanted, too.
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Japanese Printmaker Kumi Sugai

Japanese Printmaker Kumi Sugai

As anyone familiar with our Pinterest account (or our archive content) is well aware, we kind of have a thing for unearthing vintage gems. So we were pretty psyched when Ryland's internet searching led us to the Japanese painter and printmaker Kumi Sugai, who died in 1996 but whose work remains completely contemporary and relevant today.
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$100 Posters by Graphic Designer Nigel Evan Dennis

Chicago-based Nigel Evan Dennis is one of those graphic designers who does it all, from album art to campaigns for New Balance and Nike. The work we're showcasing today, however, is a series of affordable posters (each one sells for $100 in limited editions of 20) he's designed as part of his personal work.
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