Roundhouse Works


Through Roundhouse Works, Ted has expanded his idea of “the kind of birdhouse I, myself, would want to own” into an outdoor jewel of aesthetics, function and green construction using lovingly reclaimed materials.  READ MORE

January 28th, 2014

Landfill Harmonic


A new documentary due out in late 2013 tells an amazing tale of a small town in Paraguay, where almost every family, including the kids, work in a landfill that is, quite literally, right under their homes. It’s a life of poverty, gangs and drugs that hadn’t previously presented much chance to do more. But a group of brave and talented kids have today crossed paths with two very dedicated and creative men, Favio Chávez and Nicolás Gómez. Between the two of them, these men have planted seeds amidst the garbage for a joyful experience; growing hope, instruments and a love of Mozart.  READ MORE

January 28th, 2014

Katie Poterala


Our super-connected globe and its fluctuating resources have redefined for many what makes an item most valuable to them. What’s deemed “precious” is a matter of personal choice, but also often a function of how design and materials stand up against both actual time and the shortening waves of our attention spans.

Katie Poterala, a South Carolina artist, creates complex adornments that are both functional and an exploration of the preciousness of jewelry itself.   READ MORE

January 28th, 2014

Formia Design


A mother of two, Mia was looking for the perfect gift for her daughter’s preschool teacher. While recognizing that jewelry would be easy, she really wanted something that would demonstrate her daughter’s participation as well. So she asked her daughter to draw something for her teacher. Out came her preschooler’s fairly random scribbles, which Mia then decided to recreate, as exactly as possible, into a pair of sterling silver dangly earrings.  READ MORE

January 27th, 2014



Jewelry maker and graphic designer, Lana Bragina, from Hamburg, Germany, is one who particularly tweaked my curiosity with her extremely unique combinations of infographics and crochet. Yeah. Right? Infographics and crochet. I just had to pick her brain…   READ MORE

January 27th, 2014

Ancient Art of Stone


Enhancing our connections with nature by getting outside, camping, hiking, gardening – many communities and individuals strive to strike a balance between our convenient manufactured existence and the living, breathing environment that surrounds us. Andreas Kunert and Naomi Zettl at Ancient Art of Stone help to integrate these seemingly at-odds environs by bringing nature to us, into our homes and offices, in a bold, organic way. And they do this as shamans and healers might, handling both stones and people with attunement, finesse and respect.  READ MORE

January 24th, 2014

Artists for Humanity


“…with real clients and real money, it’s real expectations and young people appreciate that.” READ MORE

January 24th, 2014

Child’s Own Studio


I’ve always been a huge fan of children’s art. In addition, I’m a parent and what parent doesn’t have keepsakes of certain favorite artwork – adorable “monsters” and imaginary friends? In 2007, Wendy Tsao got out her material scraps, needle and thread and recreated one of her son’s drawings as a 3D “softie.”  READ MORE

January 24th, 2014

The Farmery


One of our favorite blogs, UrbanGardens, recently showcased The Farmery, a new KickStarter project prototyping small, modular farm/retail store combinations meant to allow urban customers access to both fresh pick-your-own produce and local artisan farmer’s products, all in one accessible, well-designed greenhouse.  READ MORE

January 24th, 2014

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