Quick Links: Weekly Notables

1. Handmade CMYK by Evelin Kasikov, via Swiss Miss.

2. Pretty polish pillows from Gaul-Zych Deco, via Kick Can and Conkers.

3. Andrew Yang’s amazing creepy yet chic supermodel ragdolls, via Refinery29.

4. Lots and lots of garlands, via Poppy Talk.

5. AJ Fosik’s vibrant wooden masks, via The Jealous Curator.

6. Matthew Lyons retro space age-y illustrations, via Grain Edit.

7. Paintings by Alexis Semtner, via BOOOOOOOM.

8. Emma Kunz geometric works of art, via Design For Mankind

9. Charles Clary does beautiful things with paper and ink, via But Does it Float.

10. Art and war, via A Time to Get.

11. Kai Linke’s subtle nature reliefs, via Moco Loco.

12. Front’s pixelated and interactive “changing cupboard,” via Design Boom.

Coverage by: Emily Gup.

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NuLOOM Sample Sale

You may remember the May Flooring Solution post where Emily Gup, one of Pattern Pulp’s intrepid contributors, compiled a long list of themed options. It just so happens that the rugs posted from NuLOOM are currently on sale at One Kings Lane. Go crazy, have a ball. I did. The black and white graphic jigsaw puzzle will soon have a home in downtown Manhattan.

Bread & Butter, Jan 20-22

For those of you in and around Berlin this weekend, check out BREAD & BUTTER. B&B is an innovative concept trade show where the participating brands are preselected and truly representative of what’s next in street and urban wear. This trade show represents a marketing and communication platform for brands, labels and designers from the areas of Denim, Sportswear, Street Fashion, Function Wear and Casual Dressed Up. Twice each year, this “tradeshow for selected brands” brings together both inspiration and business according to the basic principle of “Fun & Profit”. Its early date makes BREAD & BUTTER the kick-off event within the industry.

Event: Alt. Design Summit

Boy do I wish I could join the tech savvy troupes in Utah this weekend for Alt Design Summit, but I have prior obligations of the highest priority – a good friend’s wedding here in New York! See the list below- if you can check 3 or more items, you belong at the heart of the snowy action tomorrow!

Who Should Attend Alt?

1. People that love talking about design in all its iterations. What it is. How it’s changing. Why it’s important.

2. People that read sites like Apartment Therapy/drive German cars/subscribe to magazines from Europe.

3. Design or lifestyle bloggers who want to (finally!) meet their fellow design and lifestyle bloggers.

4. People from across all the design disciplines: graphic, industrial, fashion, interior, product, textile. Plus illustrators and photographers too.

5. Business Owners who make pretty things and want to figure out how to get their products on design sites.

6. Advertising Agencies and Marketing firms that want help creating social media campaigns for their design-minded clients.

7. Employees who would love to get credit for working while actually hitting the slopes.

8. People who create inspiration boards.

9. People who look at inspiration boards.

10. Big-Love fans that want to find out if polygamy is for real.

11. Star-struck film fans obsessed with the Sundance hype who want to spend a weekend celebrity sighting.

Fashion: Gemliners

Not long ago, AnOther Magazine released their Decade of Style issue. Celebrities from all walks of life donned the pages of this monumental influencer edition. Everyone from Santigold to Chloe Sevigny to Carine Roitfeld was photographed in shape-shifting pieces indicative of the past decade. One of the most memorable layouts captured Charlotte Gainsbourg in gem patterned underwear by Vivienne WestWood. Interestingly, the diamonds are framed with smaller diamonds, a trend that’s taken the wedding industry by storm over the past few years.  Mimicing this design, these Sylva & Cie ring stacks remind me of Westwood’s linear print pattern. Be it 2D or 3D, gems are a designer’s best friend, particularly when edgy, beautiful, and styled with precision.

Interview: Piktorama’s Delectable Design

Filled with smiling toasters, teapots, and cupcakes, how can you not fall in love with the playful and upbeat designs of Piktorama (aka Amaranta)? Born and raised in South America, Piktorama spent a majority of her youth in Caracas and her later art making years in Buenos Aires. Currently residing in Miami, Piktorama combines her talents as an illustrator, animator and fine artist. Piktorama’s main inspiration: cupcakes, a delicious treat for any artistic or culinary palate. It’s certainly a recipe for success. Her stimulating artwork is catching the eyes – and taste-buds – of designers and food critics alike as her vibrant designs bring to life one of life’s greatest pleasures. Check out our Q&A with this irresistible Latina to learn more about her perfect taste in desserts and patterns.

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PP:  How would you describe your aesthetic?

PIKTORAMA: Playful and whimsical.

PP:  Describe your collaborations with other artists.

PIKTORAMA: I haven’t had the experience to work with another artist just yet, but it’s something that I’ll do someday. What I have done is to participate in a project where several artists use the same theme to create their own unique work. The result is a body of art with similar topics yet drastically different outcomes. It is really amazing to see and be a part of. I really like that.

PP: Who inspires you?

PIKTORAMA: Love, friendship, music and cupcakes.

PP: How do color and pattern play a role in your work?

PIKTORAMA: These are the most important elements in my work. In almost all my creations I include colors and patterns, if not, textures. I’ve done black and white illustrations too, but is a real challenge for me.

PP: How does your culture and background affect your work?

PIKTORAMA: It doesn’t really affect it because my work is more based on my daily experiences. It depends on what I’ve done that day, what I’ve seen, my sense of humor, so it’s more a day-to-day experience that influences what I put on paper. I usually joke around a lot so that’s why you can find a lot of foolishness and happy characters in my work.

Coverage by: Rebecca Silver

Quick Links: Weekly Notables

1.  Some great ideas if you haven’t found a unique 2010 calendar, via Grain Edit.

2. Amazing detail in Andrew Schoultz “Crisis,” via Slam X Hype.

3. Big fan of Cavern’s moody prints, via The Shiny Squirrel.

4. Clementine Henrion’s “helium” balloons that won’t deflate, via The Design Files.

5. Have a bold breakfast with Maria Dahlgreen’s breakfast tray, via Design Milk.

6. “It’s raining elephants,” via Boats and Apes Galore.

7. Irena Graewe’s amazing use of color, via Dear Ada.

8. Gorgeous installations by Michael Lin, via The Jealous Sculptor.

9. Cal Lane’s intricate metal lace designs, via My Love for You.

10. Alyson Fox’s great new dish ware, via Design*Sponge.

11. Love the vibrant geometric graphics by Christopher Bettig, via Kitsunoir.

12. Lucky Boy Sunday shows children how patterns are done, via Frizzi Frizzi.

Compiled by: Emily Gup