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laura zindel *


vermont based artist laura zindel is a risd grad designing gorgeous ceramics for the home. specializing in pieces that use bird, insect and botanical imagery- her work has a somewhat eery quality that i love. eery only because i don't think i'd want to serve anything on a plate with tarantulas on it. but i love her work all the same- the drawings are delicate and beautiful and the pieces are wonderfull crafted. they're wonderfully unique and definitely worth checking out. small pieces are under $50 and larger platters can run up around $225. enjoy!






Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think I'm in love! this stuff is B-eautiful!

2:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Holy beautiful dishware. I only have one question, Batman: why don't I make more money so I can afford the whole set? Deep sigh...

3:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

could you tell me where the artwork comes from in your masthead? it looks similar to these cups. is it a pastiche? kind of scanned in from here and there, or did an artist make it for you? do you make anything or do you just write about others who do make stuff. not meant to be a dig. sorry. i don't know how else to ask the question.

3:45 PM  
Blogger design*sponge said...

anon, no prob. normally i prefer questions like that to be emailed to me (please see contact tab) because i hope the comments sections stay topical.

please shoot me an email and i'll let you know who did the header, my artist prefers i don't share it with everyone.


[designsponge [at] gmail [dot] com]

3:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i like your blog, but sometimes I find it so relentlessly shoppy and after awhile a little depressing. i mean really, why would an artist want to remain anonymous? is it because they copied the artwork? even still. probably because they have nothing for your shopping-obsessed readership to buy. is that all there is to life? shopping? i hope not. i think you should support the artist and make his/her name public. and i think it is ON TOPIC b/c the person above asked if the artist was inspired by these insect cups.

4:00 PM  
Blogger design*sponge said...

man, what's with the comments section today?

if you think i don't support artists then i don't think you read this site. period.

the site is all about nice design pieces. if you don't like it then i'm sure there are plenty of other sites for you to choose from.

as for the artist who did the site. she asked to remain anon- why is that such a big deal? i'm doing what she asked me to do, geez.

i doubt she was inspired by the cups, to me they don't look similar at all. but i'll forward this section to her and let her respond if she likes.

man, must be the weather today...


4:17 PM  
Blogger rena said...

very odd, i don't think the masthead and the ceramics resemble each other at all :) i think the masthead is more fine-art/illustration and the ceramics a bit more john derian, vintage illustration-inspired. however they are BOTH gorgeous!

4:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

anonymous artist here.

this is a terribly uncomfortable conversation going on...
why are you so uneasy with respecting my privacy and faulting d*s for not supporting me? i asked her not to disclose my name because i want to sustain peace in my life and to avoid people like you. it is terribly hypocritical of you to question my anonymity when you have chosen not to reveal your own personal profile when posting a comment.

to answer your question, no, the header for design sponge was not inspired from the insect cups no matter how beautiful they are. the header was inspired by sea life, including an unprocessed sponge.

5:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i can kind of see it in the dragonfly wings. all lacey. very nice!

5:19 PM  
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3:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The masthead and the work of Laura Zindel are worlds apart graphically. If this anonymous person cannot see that then he/she should not be criticizing the site's content because it is not for him/her.

As a graphic designer, I don't use this site to shop. I use it as a jump start to knowing what is out there in other design fields. I find it quite interesting and I am happy to read it everyday.

12:50 PM  
Blogger Vajra said...

These are so lovely. Please, God, let me win the lotto so that I can own a complete set.

1:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't listen to the haters. =)

These are GORGEOUS. What a great find! Thank you!

4:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I also think Zindel's work is absolutely stunning - I live in Boston and saw it in real life at Fire Opal in Brookline, and it's just as lovely as the photos suggest! Saving up for a cicada mug myself (people just don't give cicadas enough attention).

5:08 PM  
Blogger Vajra said...

Robin, you are so right. I suggest we join with other concerned sponges and form a cicada appreciation society. To show our support we should each purchase cicada mug. Any others out there?

6:07 PM  

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