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Guest Curator: Touchable Finds With Design Crush

Jun 30, 2010

by Kelly Beall handmade and vintage goods

Kelly_bio.jpgKelly Beall is the mind and keyboard behind the blog Design Crush. What began in June 2007 as a place to catalog design inspiration and musings quickly turned into a design crush of massive proportions. Every Design Crush post is kept short and sweet (“crush-sized”), showing off anything and everything Kelly’s inspired by: package design, art, advertising, music, food — you name it. Today, she’s turned her eye to Etsy.

As a designer, the term handmade has very special meaning to me. In this day and age — where it’s so easy to create something on a computer screen, outsource it or buy it from a big box store — taking the time to craft something on your own has immense value. I’m also a hugely visual person, you know, the girl who feels every single paper sample and wants to touch the paintings at museums. I love surrounding myself with the sorts of things that beg to be picked up.

These fiesta-inspired porcelain trays are perfection: all color and pop with a handmade edginess. I’d use them for entertaining the girls. fiesta inspired hand built porcelain trays by clayswan

I’d love to carry this leather five pocket wallet with me at all times. Smooth and supple and made entirely out of leather scraps. Leather 5 Pocket Wallet by TheFigLeaf


Sraige‘s ruffled shoulder bag combines touchable texture and functionality. I’m sure I’d be brushing my hand over those sweet ruffles all day long. Ruffled Linen Bag by Sraige

I love this little lemon yellow bolero made out of raw silk. I’d wear it over a basic black dress for a kick, and that detailing is beyond amazing. POISON lemon yellow raw silk bolero by maryandangelika

This Tree Bark Love Knot ring is the epitome of sweet. Genius move in making the diamond the “knot” in the tree. White Gold Tree Bark Diamond Ring by BethCyrWeddings

You would be drop-dead chic walking into a meeting carrying this textured fabric laptop sleep under your arm. 13 Inch Laptop Sleeve with Leather Trim by sivannadesign

I can almost feel the bark under my fingertips in this birch trees painting. It would look perfect hanging above my cream-colored sofa. Birch Trees on Blue Green with Real Texture by kristend12

This silver ripples peyote cuff is stunning — the perfect accessory that will have everyone begging to touch it. Large Silver Ripples Peyote Cuff by SandFibers

A textured knit wrap is just the thing to wear around a summer bonfire when the sun drops below the horizon. Textured Knit Wrap with shawl pin by moocowhandknits

I’d dress up a plain tank top with this felted art cuff, then spend all day looking for reasons to brush it against my face. Nuno felted textile art cuff by vilte

This stained glass bamboo with textured glass would fit perfectly in my bedroom. Relaxing and inspirational all at the same time. Stained Glass Bamboo with Textured Glass by KyleSchumacher

Thanks to Kelly for sharing her irresistibly tactile finds.
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