FLOATING FLOWER GARDEN BY TEAMLAB








Wow! Occasionally you stumble across an art installation that seems both astoundingly complicated and shockingly simple. The Floating Flower Garden, an immersive interactive piece created by Japanese art collective teamLab, is just one of those instances.

Remember the Rain Room? Well Floating Flower Garden draws on the same idea: thousands of flowers are suspended from the ceiling and when you walk into the space they move to dynamically accommodate you, basically allowing you to walk in a constantly fluctuating cocoon of flowers.

I am sure the result is something other-worldly, magical and delightful smelling! Too bad the installation is on view in Tokyo . . . . I think it would look spectacular in the Park Avenue Armory, don't you?

Learn more about the project here.


(Thanks to Colossal for the tip.)



p.s. Here's a similar (and also gorgeous!) DIY version, in case you have to try this yourself!




A JOLT OF SUMMER FOR A COLD DAY

colorful wall mural, photo by studio diy
german poster design from 1962

wooden blocks on sale at the fine little day shop
be kind poster

I am officially tired of all this hangover winter weather! The calendar says it's spring but the thermometer says it's 40 degrees outside. What gives?!

I'm not waiting anymore for a punch of color and fun in the sun. So here are a couple photos that are helping me pretend shorts and summer sun are right around the corner . . . . hope they help pick you up too! Now bring on the ice cream!




ENGINEER PRINT INSPIRATION

by austin rhee for photojojoI got an email announcement from Photojojo recently (my favorite) announcing they are now offering limited edition engineer prints taken by professional artists. How gorgeous is this shot from Austin Rhee? (And only $35!) What are engineer prints you ask? Basically they are big, inexpensive prints created at copy centers with a streaky black and white effect. And they are all the rage right now!I started thinking about all the cool things people have done with engineer prints . . . 

 
prints on sale at photojojo
You can get a custom print done at your local print shop or, of course, at Photojojo.



faux newspaper articleYou can make a super cute faux newspaper print for a kid's room or birthday party.


minimalist headboard with engineer printYou could make a serene landscape into a minimalist headboard.

kids portraits printed in engineer prints



You can use adorable photos of your children as larger than life decoration in your living room or nursery.



wall mural from engineer printsTired of this lingering winter weather? How about a tropical wall mural?


wrapping paper from engineer prints

Or, a personal favorite, how about some specialty wrapping paper?


The possibilities are endless! What would you do with an engineer print? 




OFF THE WALL: 'SMOOTHER THAN A FRESH JAR OF SKIPPY' DESKTOP WALLPAPER

off the wall free wallpaper download from the obsessive imagist

off the wall free wallpaper download from the obsessive imagist

off the wall free wallpaper download from the obsessive imagist

off the wall free wallpaper download from the obsessive imagist

Oh my goodness, is it really possible that it has been a year since I posted a new desktop wallpaper in my 'Off the Wall' series? Sheesh! I need to step up my game!

Well, like everyone on planet earth, I have been jammin' out to the fabulous 'Uptown Funk' by Bruno Mars and thought it would be fun to do the song's best line as a desktop download for you. If you like it you can grab two versions—in yellow or black/white—for free at the links below:




And, of course, you can see past 'Off the Wall' free desktop downloads here.


(Also, if you like the hand drawn typography of this design, feel free to check out all my skills with the pen in my calligraphy Etsy shop, The Wright Hand, here.)




THE ARTIST SPEAKS

artist quote(Check out this beautifully illustrated video of interviews with the incomparable architect, designer and visionary Buckminster Fuller here.) 

DIANA BELTRAN HERRERA: BIRDS OF A (PAPER) FEATHER

paper sculpture, bright colors, birds, stamps, art

paper sculpture, bright colors, birds, stamps, art

paper sculpture, bright colors, birds, stamps, art

paper sculpture, bright colors, birds, stamps, art

paper sculpture, bright colors, birds, stamps, art

paper sculpture, bright colors, birds, stamps, art

paper sculpture, bright colors, birds, stamps, art
How gorgeous are these sculptures by Colombian artist Diana Beltran Herrera?!! I have regularly been accused by my friends of being 'obsessive' (a descriptor I have eponymously embraced!) with a crazy dedication to all things paper. But Beltran Herrera takes this to a whole new level. She uses countless tiny, intricately cut pieces of paper to craft impressively lifelike and expressive sculptures of flora and fauna. She is a particular master of birds, pursuing a series of sculptures on British birds, hummingbirds, birds of paradise and more. And how cool are those 3D stamp scenes? I want to own one sooooo bad . . . . Check out more of her truly breathtaking work on her (beautiful!) website here.Thanks to Miss Moss for the tip
p.s. Beltran Herrera's work totally reminds me of this!

RANDOM THINGS THAT MAKE ME HAPPY, VOLUME ONE

As Rebecca Black says, it's Friday! Friday! Gotta get down on Friday!So I am going down by sharing all the random fun things I have picked up recently but haven't gotten around to posting. I think this will be a new column (posted very randomly, as is only appropriate, ha ha) that I hope will make you as happy as it makes me. Without further ado . . . ONE > Recently during Paris Fashion Week famous supermodels Zoolander (Ben Stiller) and Hansel (Owen Wilson) walked the runways and took some epic selfies promoting their eagerly awaited sequel to Zoolander, out in 2016.TWO > I am majorly in love these page flags that turn the edge of your book into a monster showdown in the sky. (Bonus! They also have regular city skylines, forests, deserts and many other scenes).THREE > The cards and prints in the Etsy shop Hooray Today are cute and colorful in equal measure—my kind of store!FOUR > Every slim chic woman of a certain in the city seems have a cool tote for their yoga mat. This adjustable suspender tote by Mimot strikes just the right balance between functionality and fun. Love it!  FIVE > Maps. Rainbow colors. Clean typography. Killer graphic design. English Muffin Shop is definitely worth bookmarking. (Plus, that name! How can you resist?)SIX >  Since its inception several years ago I have been a major fan of Kate Spade's spunky sidekick endeavor 'Saturday'. Popping into their online shop recently I fell into major love with this bright, brushy print.
I would love to hear what random things make you happy in the comments. I hope you have a wonderful weekend!