Drawing from Memory


{Art, Design, Dreams, Fashion, Inspiration, Interiors, Installation, Photography: A visual journal of what we are influenced by and what inspires us as creatives.}




One of the best things we get to do at DFM daily is dream up new ideas and execute beautiful work. We love design in all forms, but when we were flipping through a magazine the other day we found something new and truly stunning : creating clouds in an interior space. Where did our mind go first? How cool would this look in a retail space?! After a little further reading we learned these atmospheric designs pioneered by Berndnaut Smilde last only a second, captured through photography before they dissipate. But hey, a designer can dream! To learn more about the artist and his methods, check out this article in The Washington Post

1. Dezeen 2. Science of the Time 3. Zilla Magazine 4. Science of the Time 5. Zilla Magazine 6. Installation Mag 7. Nihil Sentimentalgia 8. Leandro Elrich

Design Blog of the Week: This is Paper

{ Friday, December 14, 2012 }

This week's design blog of the week goes to This is Paper. This is Paper curates a well rounded collection of architecture, product design, fashion design, interior design, fine art, graphic design, and photography. The blog features works that reflects an elegant and delicate design aesthetic full of soft pastels and neutrals complemented by clean lines and a touch of wood here and there. Aside from This is Paper's impeccable taste, we want to highlight that the blog often showcases student work. It is nice to see young artists and designers with fresh new ideas and even nicer to see well-known blogs recognizing the importance of supporting the up and coming not just the established. 

All Images via This is Paper

Downton LA Double Exposure

{ Tuesday, August 07, 2012 }

Inspired by our very own downtown Los Angeles, we created these double-exposure style photos after taking a trip around our neighborhood (the fashion district) and snapping a few pictures of the beautiful, vintage architecture surrounding us. We'll admit that downtown LA can feel a little dirty and rundown at times, but the city is hard at work to clean it up and show what the area has to offer. Put in the right context (like photoshopped with beautiful fashion photography),  downtown Los Angeles has a hidden inner beauty that's not to be missed.

Images of Downtown Los Angeles by Drawing From Memory

Fashion photos from top: 1. Frankly Esoteric  2. Mario Testino for Vogue via Suicide Blonde  3. Pinterest  4. Fashion Gone Rogue  5. Once Wed  6. Pinterest  7. Pinterest

Blogger of the Week: Remain Simple

{ Thursday, May 03, 2012 }

A few weeks ago, we noticed that a lot of our collective pins on Pinterest were coming from a Tumblr blog called Remain Simple. As far as sites go, it's very simple (how fitting) - plain white background, two columns on the main page, largely photo driven with user comments / responses under a few postings. The content, however, is what's remarkable on this particular blog - every post aligns with our aesthetic almost perfectly. She posts art, architecture, fashion, jewelry, interiors; you name it. Clearly we love it, so we started following her somewhat regularly. That's when we discovered the one-two-punch behind this particular blog - Kathryn, the mastermind behind Remain Simple, is a 16 year old girl (she's a junior in high school). Um... what?! We're just that much more impressed. Here's a small sampling of what Kathryn has posted in the last week. Click the link below to check out what else inspires Kathryn (and us): remainsimple.tumblr.com.

All images via Remain Simple

Snow Cabins

{ Tuesday, March 27, 2012 }

It rained this past weekend in LA (finally!) but it snowed up in the mountains and admittedly, we're jealous. Curled up on the couch with a steaming hot mug of cocoa, we found ourselves searching for cabins in the snow on Pinterest, desperately wishing we were there.

Images via:

1. Miss-Design  2. hauteproject via Tumblr  3. Trendir  4. Vintage Home via tumblr  5. The Life of Polarn Per  6. The Pursuit Aesthetic via Tumblr  7. Epundit

Eames House

{ Monday, March 12, 2012 }

Today's post was inspired by the 2011 film Eames the Architect and the Painter. Begun as part of The Case Study Houses Program in the mid 1940's, The Eames House in the Pacific Palisades represents the very best of Californian design. To pay tribute to this iconic piece of Californian architecture, House Industries and Heath Ceramics collaborated on a line of ceramic tile house numbers inspired by the Eames House. Check out the beautiful tiles here and the movie trailer here.

To learn more about the Eames Foundation (and how to visit), click here.

Images via:

1. Mid-Centuria  2, 3, & 4. Moon to Moon  5. IMP Awards  6. CA Home+Design  7 & 8. Freshome

Illuminated Windows at Night

{ Tuesday, November 08, 2011 }

Photographer Anne-Laure House sees illuminated windows at night as living pictures. Her Pictures of Intimacy series includes windows in New York City, Paris, Amesterdam, Ile De Re (France), and our favorite, Prague (below). Anne writes

"At nightfall, the windows of the flats that are lit up attract more attention than the façade of the buildings that frame them. Lit interiors become real tableaux vivants. The interior takes precedence over the exterior, and we can glimpse moments of people’s intimate lives. I am not actually interested in their intimacy as such, but rather by the space itself – the warmth of a particular light, the twinkling of a Christmas garland or the shimmering glow of a television, the corner of a painting. All these details stir my imagination and inspire my work. When I gaze at these windows, I like to tell myself a story. I capture these intimate moments and build my own structures.” - Anne-Laure House

Image via Wall 30 and Kateoplis

Innovations in Art and Architecture

{ Tuesday, September 13, 2011 }

What happens when you have four distinctly different events to put on within a few months of each other (that all require different interior venues for maximum effect) and a team of highly creative architects that frequently collaborate with Italian fashion label Prada? Born out of this intriguing circumstance in 2009, the Prada Transformer in Seoul is one of the most interesting architectural concepts we've ever heard of. A four-sided enclosed "cube" of sorts, the Transformer was designed to rotate, flip, and transform into four distinctly different interior spaces that meet the needs of the four events (a fashion show, art exhibition, cinema showing, and special gallery event). This idea, the brain child of designer Miuccia Prada and Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas, goes beyond our normal perception of "creative". Four distinct spaces combined in one single structure, and all you need is a few cranes to flip it over and change the scenery? Genius.

Prada Transformer spaces

Prada Transformer interior

Images via 1. Hip Seoul (flickr)  2. Phat City blog  3. Interior Design Magazine

Article via Interview Magazine

Brand Strategy at its Best

{ Thursday, August 11, 2011 }

We love our office building in downtown Los Angeles, but after seeing pictures of the new Mlicki Offices in Columbus, Ohio, we're definitely jealous! The building houses the strategic design firm of the same name - more than enough proof they know what they're doing!

Images via freshome

Feeling a Little Blue

{ Tuesday, August 09, 2011 }

We're feeling inspired by blues today! Whether it's in architecture, fashion, interior design, or jewelry - we're loving the multiple tones used in these photos that create such a blue mood.

blue ombre

Images via
1. VonMurr (Flickr)  2. Brettastic (Flickr)  3. Anne Miek Bibber (Flickr)  4. Concorde Hotels Resorts (Flickr)

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