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WOW! I just received a Kreativ Blogger Award from Monika at Splendid Willow – A splendid blog indeed.  Splendid Willow is a trove of delicious images with a focus on the best of Swedish design- with its serene, time kissed, breathable spaces- and when we are lucky, pictures of her beautiful family too. Monika was just named as a well-deserving recipient of the award and was gracious enough to pay it forward to seven of her favorite blogs, including EMD Design Journal!  It is suggested that the honorees share seven things about ourselves but I’ll use that platform to show you a few of the amazing blogs that I think are worthy of their own awards…

Thanks again for your warm and enthusiastic support Monika. And thanks to every EMD Design Journal reader for stopping by!!

My Kreativ Blogger Award picks

slightly me's weblog

all the mountains

the paris apartment

just three things

Litchfield.com

Swoond

Living Lab

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Last month Architectural Digest had a story about a NYC duplex renovated by fave design firm Shelton Mindel & Associates.  Lee Mindel and Peter Shelton worked with their senior interior designer Grace Sierra on this beautifully restrained project. They only had three months to turn this time-worn limestone duplex across from Central Park into a chic and modern family home.  Despite the limitations and challenges, the result is stunning! Ooh La La!

Photography by Michael Moran

Photography by Michael Moran

Photography by Michael Moran

Photography by Michael Moran

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I met husband and wife photographers Wendy Carlson and John  Kane when we did a magazine shoot together a while back.  I love the way Wendy captures a broad range of subjects with unpretentious elegance and, like the Momix and Pilobolus dancers that he works with, John’s photography elicits lyric and rhythm in human form.

I look forward to working with them again soon!

Photo courtesy of Wendy Carlson Photography

Photo courtesy of Wendy Carlson Photography

Photo Courtesy of Wendy Carlson Photography

Photo courtesy of Wendy Carlson Photography

Photo courtesy of Wendy Carlson Photography

Photo courtesy of Silver Sun Studio

Photo courtesy of Silver Sun Studio

Photo courtesy of Silver Sun Studio

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I came across the hyper clever work of Kevin Van Aelst,  an artist who lives and works in New Haven, CT during the recent Open Studios group show.

Splash, 2009, carpet, monofilament

Splash, 2009, carpet, monofilament

The elasticity of his technicolor brain conceives these color photographs which he says, “consist of common artifacts and scenes from everyday life, which have been rearranged, assembled, and constructed into various forms, patterns, and illustrations… creating order where we expect to find randomness.” Photos of his can be seen  illustrating “The Medium” in the New York Times Magazine. (www.kevinvanaelst.com)

Driving at Night, 2009, digital c-print, 24 x 36

Driving at Night, 2009, digital c-print, 24 x 36

The Heart, 2009, digital c-print, 40 x 30"

The Heart, 2009, digital c-print, 40 x 30"

Hawaii, 2007, digital C-print, 12 x 18

Hawaii, 2007, digital C-print, 12 x 18

Phases of the Moon, 2006, series of 28 digital c-prints, each 11 x 11

Phases of the Moon, 2006, series of 28 digital c-prints, each 11 x 11

Left Pinky Finger,†2007, digital C-print, 43 x 34.5

Left Pinky Finger,†2007, digital C-print, 43 x 34.5

Right Index Finger,†2007, digital C-print, 43 x 34.5

Right Index Finger,†2007, digital C-print, 43 x 34.5

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As a design freak and imbiber of beauty, I see the world through an ever telescoping lens. The knee-jerk scrutiny starts with the first impression and then the deep-focus analysis when I can appreciate the art in the object and wonder at the creation of it.  So I can’t help being in awe of other people’s ability to see things in ways that allows them to make those creations, or just elevate something we take for granted. Check out this photo blog (click on the fly to get to Litchfield.com). This guy takes “extreme close up” to an art form. I want to be repulsed by this fly – but it’s kinda beautiful.  Sick!8557_369

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