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Creative City Tour: DUMBO


I’m very pleased to announce the start of a new series we’re launching:  The Pattern Pulp Global Tour.

In today’s digital travel age, we’re all familiar with the endless to-do tips found on sites like the New York Times, Trip Advisor and Gridskipper.  While more traditional recommendations are always welcome, the notion of self-discovery should not be forgotten. With each neighborhood exploration, we hope to take our readers off the beaten path to uncover the overlooked elements of city living, be it decals on an office building or graffiti in a bathroom stall.  Some of what we feature may be gone by the time you arrive, others, such as buildings and landmarks will certainly find their place along the chain, but either way, our goal is to provide the groundwork for a visual stream of consciousness.

Today, we’re featuring Dumbo, a creative and industrial gem that is located just over (and under) the Brooklyn Bridge. Have a look, take the walking tour and let us know what you think!

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1. Hallway: 147 Front St.

2. Workshop Loves You, glass decals: 147 Front St.

3. Dumbo Arts Center, 30 Washington St.

4. Exterior building details, Water St. at Old Dock St.

5. Cafe Baco pattern napkins: 71 Jay St.

6. Cafe Baco metal signage: 71 Jay St.

7. Graffiti portraiture on cement steps: 70 Jay St.

8. Brooklyn Bridge Flea Market, metal tiles: 22 Water St.

9. St. Ann’s Warehouse, Playhouse: 38 Water St.

10. Pastel floral door, 128 Front St.

11. Brooklyn Bridge

12. Womens bathroom graffiti: 147 Front St.

The full set of photos can be viewed here.

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Street Finds: Urban Palettes


For all of the reasons people hate the city, we’re continually inspired by the eye sores. Be it dilapidated yards, pollutant run-offs or stale trash, each sign of neglect can be idealized through artistic eyes. Today we’re focusing on grunge and graffiti- two aspects of New York that are in full abundance. These images capture the streets of Brooklyn and Manhattan and tell a blue, green and red story.


Adding texture to the mix, these tire tracks and oil stains provide intricate details, reminding us of the environmental imprints our actions leave behind. Colors layered upon one another with dirt and grime reveal the rust of age.

Photos by: Emily Gup

Street Finds: Urban Palettes


There’s no shortage of inspiration when you live in a city that celebrates beauty and revels the grotesque. Today’s highlight captures the natural colors around town that can be used as a source of inspiration.  From Vutera’s speakeasy neon lighting in Williamsburg, Brooklyn to this glass mosaic on New York City’s newest elevated park, The Highline, summer’s color combos are just as vibrant in nature as they are in city dwelling.


This wall in Brooklyn speaks  to several months of messaging.  Once symbolic of a crumbling part of town, imagery such as this now serves as marketing inspiration for retailers such as Barneys and Urban Outfitters.  Veering away from the grunge factor, this doorbell and name plate from San Francisco’s Russian Hill district, is both an amusing display of typography and a beautiful combination of warm muted tones.

Additional contributions by: Emily Gup

Homegoods: Tactile Topography

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In our modern times, filled with GPS and GoogleMaps, it’s no wonder that we seem to have developed a fascination for knowing where we are at all times. It’s reached a new level of poignancy to be able to locate yourself as well as peer over your neighborhood from above, observing it’s grid-like form. This sentiment is popping up in various textile projects and is most successfully executed by Emily Fischer of Haptic Labs and Marcello Campa and Stefano Avesani of the Instant Hutong Project. While Fischer references the borough of Brooklyn, quilting on silk dupioni, Campa and Avesani explore the Hutong districts throughout downtown Beijing.  Regardless of the landscape, both works bring a permanency to topography that has become nearly extinct with technology’s latest advances.  Nowadays lines are blurred so easily perhaps there is a certain comfort in being able to see and feel the things that don’t change so easily.

Compiled by: Emily Gup

Fashion: Zip and Repeat


Zippers, the commonplace closure, have been striped of their hidden functionality and thrust into the spotlight, proving they can double as innovative solutions as well as decorative patterns.  The results are striking, and slightly quirky.  Part of the zipper’s appeal, perhaps, when compared to its closure counterparts such as buttons, hooks, and snaps, is the fluidity of movement.  This is evident in Ji Woong’s Zip Up Tangles, a creative solution to the wiry mess we all experience when reaching for our ear buds.  Stepping it up a few notches, Van Cleef & Arpels has recently dove into it’s archival library to revive it’s 1950’s Zip Necklace.  While today’s version may be toned down, it’s no less elegant, and a primary example of how innovation can have timeless appeal.


In a French design studio not far from Van Cleep & Arpels’ headquarters, Julien Rivoire, an Art Director and Graphic Designer, has applied his own zipper technique to Sixpack’s infamous t-shirt collection. Revealing striped down beauty in the most simplistic of logos, the Z and the P are solidified by the I in this seamless application of the object’s functionality.  Continuing with the theme of black and white, this patterned skirt playfully mimics the sex appeal zippers posess when applied to women’s clothing.

Zoe Cotlenko, a French jewelry designer and zipper connoisseur, is the mastermind behind this line of candy-colored necklaces and bracelets.  Using his illustration skills, Eric Elm’s zipper and button bag made its debut at Colette a year ago this month.  Elm’s work has been equally influential in New York, as proven by this remarkable 3D installation at the Nike 255 space in NYC for the Make Something Project, which was held in collaboration with Aaron Rose & Beautiful Losers Show.

Additional Contributions by Emily Gup.

Street Finds: Urban Palettes


May has arrived and flowers are in full bloom this spring season.  In an effort to mix things up a bit, we’ve decided to collect floral imagery representative of spring and create ad hock color palettes with the pixels provided.  As designers, we’re inspired by nearly everything we consume, so it’s quite natural to repurpose when given direction.   Here are four palettes that could easily translate to summer prints, inspired by wall stencils in Allston, weeds in Brooklyn, flowerpots in Gramercy and a home garden in San Francisco.


For additional palettes that are strikingly beautiful and paired up with interesting photography, check out Kris’s Color Stripes.

Gifts: Marking Your Territory


It’s always a little tough finding gifts that are foolproof.  Unless instructed otherwise, I always try to go the creative route, as I love initiating artistic moments.  While at the home goods concept store, Future Perfect, in Williamsburg this past weekend, I stopped in my tracks at these ingenious crayon rings.  The chic pyramids come in a playful palette of primaries and can be coordinated with any wardrobe.  Doodling on the go just got more fashionable.


If you’re looking for a cheaper alternative to DIY fashion, check out Wishing Fish’s T-Shirt Graffiti, as it’s under $10 and a perfectly sensible gift for any child (or adult).  If you’re aiming for personable luxury, Longchanp offers a blank canvas for their signature Le Pilage bag, though I’d be worried about making a mistake with every mark!