Inspiration | Fun and Funky Functional Art

Functional art is my favorite kind of art. Which is probably why I’m really digging building furniture with intricate inlay designs. I’ve been trying to keep this blog simpler than my retired Sunday School Beauty Queen blog, like avoid regurgitating information that already exists on the web and instead just focus on my travels and a few select hobbies. But I’ve recently come across some inspiring creations on the web that I feel are worth breaking the simplicity boundary and reposting for my readers… all three of them. And  so, keeping in-tune with my pretentious blog tagline (“exploration + experience = creative inspiration”), I’ve started a new category “inspiration.” ‘Cause, let’s face it, we all could use a little more inspiration in our daily humdrumity.

In this post, both inspiring designs are beautifully creative examples of functional art. The first are gorgeous chocolate truffles from an LA chocolatier Compartes. I don’t even like chocolate much, but wow, just wow!

The second is an Austin rooftop deck. The style, the colors, the design—love, love, love. BUT, this functional art slightly misses the mark. There are only a handful of days in Austin when the weather is actually pleasant enough to sit outside, but I imagine with this deck, you’d use it even in the less than pleasant days. And, those chairs… while I love the aesthetic, not sure I’d want striped divots all over my butt and thighs. Also, while the netted lounge is drool-worthy from a design perspective, I think there are some mosquitoes smart enough to fly in over the top opening of the net to feast on you while you’re lying unnaturally still trying not to turn over and roll out of the thin cot, knocking it over and on top of you. I mean, one aggressive smack to kill a mosquito and you’ll bring the whole beautifully-designed deck-tent down around you! But nonetheless, I am uber jealous and want it so very bad.

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