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How do you define cool?
When you walk into a room and you are taken over by visual excitement. Even if it is something you would never wear or put in your home, something can be "cool" simply because it makes your imagination go wild.
What is your secret to uncovering trends?
Don't plan to find trends. Simply go out and explore. It's wonderful how easy it becomes to find trends when you let go and involve yourself in the lifestyles of new places and create relationships with all types of people.
What is your favorite trend?
Gothic glam or scientific and medicinal influences on housewares (tough choice)
How do you reset to be creative?
Option 1: Go for a walk or run through the city. Come home and let every thought from the trip flow from your pen to your paper. Option 2: If laziness is the route of choice, get a glass of wine and fat cigar and let go for a minute or six. Creativity is sure to follow. Option 3: Watch foreign films without the captions. Option 4: Go somewhere to people watch. Take a sketchbook and do fast gestural sketches. Even if they look terrible these sketches always inspire me in some way.
What inspires or excites you?
New projects. Old homes. Flamboyant character. Cultural traditions. Travel (or at least the thought of it).
Predict something awesome for 2020?
I will be a millionaire (No one ever said it had to be a realistic prediction).
Edible Furniture
Edible Furniture
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Naughty T-Shirts
Naughty T-Shirts
Badcock Apparel by Seth Harris and Lacy Bell
Retail industry pros Seth Harris and Lacy Bell bring us Badcock Apparel. They set up a pop-up shop in Downtown Columbus, Ohio during the 2009 holiday season. Their store was conceived and constructed within… MORE
Ruffled Home Decor
Ruffled Home Decor
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Mobile Gardens
Mobile Gardens
Bacsac Gardening Equipment Brings the Green Wherever You Go
Ever wonder how you’ll deal with moving into your new place and take your garden too? Well, thankfully Bacsac was created. This helpful little gardening tool allows you to take your garden with you, transport… MORE
Super-Sized Hair Huts
Super-Sized Hair Huts
European Linen and Hemp Confederation Pair With Francois Azambourg
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Cityscape Dinnerware
Cityscape Dinnerware
Snowden Flood Creates Chic Skyline-Inspired Plates
I had the recent pleasure of meeting Snowden Flood, a charming and refreshing designer based in the UK. Her graphics are inspired by cityscapes, skylines and country sides. The twist is that many of them… MORE
Charitable Card Designs
Charitable Card Designs
Shelter Creatives Put Talents to Work for the Displaced
Unfortunately the housing market as we once knew it is gone. But some very lucky people will get the luck of the draw from Shelter. Over 170,000 people in the UK are helped each year by their organization.… MORE
Sophisticated Halloween Style
Sophisticated Halloween Style
Smart Ways for Adults to Celebrate All Hallow's Eve
So we have seen gouls and ghosts and all the sort, but we’re adults here and we need something fun, sexy and sophisticated. This fall, we’re seeing more and more of this smart sell-a-bration. Following… MORE
Drug-Inspired Soft Drinks
Drug-Inspired Soft Drinks
Loren Kulesus' Pain-Relieving Energy Drink Packaging
Loren Kulesus, an industrial designer with an impressive resume and intriguing portfolio of work shows off a concept for a Tylenol soft drink that would relieve pain and provide energy. The design is… MORE
Tartan Bow Ties
Tartan Bow Ties
Bold Scottish-Inspired Menswear From David Hart
The day of the bow tie has come again. It’s in full force and certainly plaid, just in time for fall. ThisNext has taken a specific liking to David Hart's New York take on the Scottish bow tie. Bright… MORE
Anatomical Place Settings
Anatomical Place Settings
Bizarre Tea Sets from 'Anitomica' Will Shock Your Grandma
When the London Design Festival kicked off a few days ago, the world was exposed to the fantasies of The New English design group. Their work, which is called Anatomica, features detailed Victorian anatomical… MORE
Artistic House Numbers
Artistic House Numbers
Add a Personalized Touch to Your Home's Exterior
It’s hard to imagine something so little could make such a big difference, but house numbers are a quick and often affordable way to create fast and vast improvements to your home’s front. Modern, digital… MORE
Cozy Country Chic
Cozy Country Chic
Interior Design Takes a Rustic Antique Turn
Country decor has taken a turn for the chic. No more burgundy and forest green. No more apple patterned wallpaper. There is something whimsical and simply charming about the new wave of country “clutter.”… MORE