Art | Hip to be Square


Inspired by Baku Maeda’s latest photo project Bitleaves (seen above,) we’ve created a pattern based on his photos. Squares and diamonds lend themselves to repeats so easily but you don’t have to limit your squares to geometrics. Baku brings highlights the idea that flowers can be squares too!


Profile | Beech Hall

Beech Hall

Beech Hall

Typically a dorm brings to mind empty pizza boxes and stacks of cups. But, for Danielle Kroll, Bev Beaulieu, and Wade Keller, their freshman dorm, Beech Hall, inspired a creative collaboration of the same name. Beech Hall, the company, crafts themed collections featuring soft goods, art, and ceramics for the home, in addition to jewelry. Unique, hand-made, and one-of-a-kind pieces take inspiration from art history and contemporary culture with the idea of longevity of use and enjoyment in mind. Their current collection, Cabana, combines festive textures, colors, and patterns. How fun are the planters? Check out more of the collection here or browse past collections here.

– Jessie Whipple Vickery

Beech Hall

Beech Hall

Beech Hall

Beech Hall

Exteriors | Dreamscape


Artist Pawel Nolbert has a way of making the ordinary look ever-so-slightly more magical. With a color block here and a bright pink line there, the artist transforms something as “everyday” as a street corner, giving it a dream-like quality. The artist’s additions to reality are often so seamless that it’s hard to pick them out at first, as the mind readily accepts the elements and integrates them into the scene. The result is an imaginative, playful take on reality that leaves one thinking – perhaps there should be more blocks of color laying about!

Julie Rose








Color | English Garden


Atelier Versace’s sophisticated color palette was the inspiration for today’s color story. To see more color and print trends, check out our AW 17/18 Trend Guide here.

AW16 Couture | Rag Rug Inspiration

Viktor & Rolf AW16 Couture via voguerunway

Viktor & Rolf AW16 Couture via voguerunway

Viktor & Rolf AW16 Couture via voguerunway

Viktor & Rolf AW16 Couture via voguerunway

The art of weaving takes on a modern twist in Viktor & Rolf’s AW16 couture collection. Reminiscent of Moroccan boucherouite rag rugs, strips of fabric are woven together to create a rakish look. The subtle mixture of netting and floral prints adds a feminine effect to the garments, taking this traditional interior technique into the fashion world. For more woven inspiration visit here, or pick up some weaving tips here.

– Jessie Whipple Vickery

boucherouite rugs via pinterest

Moroccan boucherouite rugs via pinterest

Career Workshop for Surface Designers


Background: Andie Hanna, Bonnie Christine. From left: Andie Hanna, Bonnie Christine, Bari J. Ackerman, Bonnie Christine

Modern Thrive is offering a workshop called The Business of Surface Design. Instructors work seen above! If you’re not able to take the class, you might benefit from our career guide e-book Pattern Design & Beyond, An Insider’s Guide to Creating and Managing Your Own Surface Design Career by yours truly!

Stars & Stripes

fourth of july

icbryson | V magazine | Atsushina Kashima | via badreputation | Sonia Szostak | Yayoi Kusama

For those in the US, happy Forth of July! We’re taking the day off to relax, watch fireworks, and celebrate the holiday in our favorite striped attire. We’ll be back to work tomorrow but in the meantime, here are some stars (or dots) and stripes to get you in the festive spirit. Need more inspiration? Check out color here and prints here.

Interiors | Astral Garden


The new collection from Angela Adams is taking inspiration from the cosmos. Entitled Astral Garden, the pieces range from rugs to pillows and quite a lot in between – it’s definitley worth a look.

Julie Rose





color | lemonade

color | lemon

Dawn KimRoksandaMalin Gabriella Nordin

When life hands you lemons…

SS17 Menswear | Bold Statement


Off-White | Faith Connexion | Junya Watanabe

Bold Type reigns supreme on the Spring 17 Menswear runways.

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