xenia taler + portand soapbox derby

by Grace Bonney

good morning! i hope today’s first post finds you all rested after a long holiday weekend. i spent most of mine cleaning the house (and ) and watching movies, so today i’m ready to go. i wanted to kick off the morning with two pieces that represent two totally different sides of the design spectrum.

first up- . barnes and noble has been working with some of my favorite people lately (‘s working class studio program, ) and i’m glad to see them add ceramic tile artist xenia taler to the list. some of xenia’s tile designs have been turned into sweet affordable note card sets and journals, most of which are under, or just slightly over $10. to view the full collection.

next up- a seriously cool soapbox derby bike that won a trophy for best engineering in last week’s portland soapbox derby. designer made a functioning soapbox “motorcycle” out of wine barrels and bicycle tires. as if that wasn’t awesome enough, he managed to make the final product look down right beautiful (i love the number 33 on the side). maybe not flowers and fancy furniture beautiful, but badass soapbox beautiful. to read more about charley’s process and check out

**ps: due to the short week there won’t be a d*s guest blogger this week. but stay tuned for a new blogger next monday**

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