Author: designy things


Albuquerque-based Meridith McClure specializes in crafting biology-inspired hand embroidery she calls biobroidery. The 24-year-old artist works as a seasonal field biologist and began embroidering in 2016 in order to keep herself busy while working in Carlsbad, New Mexico. Biobroidery was created out of McClure’s passions for biology and embroidery. “As a biologist, my favorite things to embroider are my favorite things to also identify and study in the field, such as plants, wildlife, and insects,” says McClure. “I like to focus on native species, as I both know more about them from my work, and am passionate about the promotion and conservation of native species.” McClure says that an average piece can take her as little as a few days to as long as a few months, depending on how much time she has to devote to it. She is currently finishing up several projects such as hoops and patches of native cacti and desert grasses. “My next project will likely be Melampodium leucanthum, the Blackfoot daisy,” says McClure. Some of the pieces feature intricate …

Chilewich Spring 2018 Tabletop Collection

For its new collection of place mats for modern kitchens and restaurants, Chilewich created new yarns from scratch by twisting multiple strands of tonal colors together and developed weaves and tufted textures that deliver complex, dimensional shades. They also digitally printed color gradations on translucent woven textiles. Here are a few of my favorite weaves and colors in the new collection.   All images courtesy of Chilewich.  

Woolsey Shuffleboard Table

I’m a huge fan of shuffleboard tables, and can spend hours playing against someone else or even myself. Earlier this year, California craftsman Sean Woolsey launched the Woolsey Shuffleboard Table for fans of the puck sliding game. The handcrafted table features a rift sawn white oak top with two coats of UV-resistant epoxy resin for durability. Black walnut is inlaid as the playing lines and numbers to contrast with the white oak and tie in with the solid walnut legs. The gutters are lined with an industrial charcoal gray felt while hidden levelers are concealed under the top and in the legs. The steel-framed table also comes with four white and four black pucks, plenty of shuffleboard “salt” (wax, powder, and sand) and a magnetic wall mount to hold the pucks when not in use. Each table comes in black and white, comes in 10′ to 16′ sizes, and is built-to-order in six to nine weeks. The table is available from Sean Woolsey Studio starting from $10,000. All of the studio’s products, ranging from lounge …

Third Eye Collection by Moooi & Gentle Monster

Dutch design company Moooi and Korean eyewear brand Gentle Monster have collaborated on the Third Eye Collection – a new line of sunglasses inspired by ancient Egyptian hieroglyphic drawings and the concept of the third inner eye that represents the vision beyond ordinary sight. The designs of the Moooi x Gentle Monster silhouettes all start with a circular lens at their center and include four styles: Trinity, Divinity, Sincerity, and Infinity, which come in select color options. Available online or at Moooi brand stores in London, New York, and Amsterdam, the sunglasses are available in a price range from $240 to $320.     All images courtesy of Moooi.