Take 5: NFTs by Jeres, Charley Harper Tiles, DIY Treehouses + More

Every other week we’re inviting one of the Design Milk team to share five personal favorites – an opportunity for each of us to reveal the sort of designs we use and appreciate in our own lives from a more personal perspective. Editor-in-Chief Caroline Williamson returns this week for our Take 5 series.

04.10.23 | By
Take 5: NFTs by Jeres, Charley Harper Tiles, DIY Treehouses + More

1. NFTs by Jeres

I admit, I’m still slowly dipping my toe into the Metaverse, mostly because it’s a lot of new lingo to understand. But that hasn’t kept me from admiring and loving various NFTs (non-fungible tokens) and NFT artists I’ve come across – Jeres, being one of them. Every collection is different, yet equally as visually appealing. I find myself endlessly scrolling through each iteration of every collection more times than I’d like to admit on missions to find my favorites. I’ve realized that task is impossible so I just enjoy them all. They’re abstract, colorful, unique, and geometric, and most definitely, mesmerizing.

three mini ceramic tiles featuring charley harper animals

2. New Charley Harper Mini Tiles by Motawi Tileworks

I’ve always loved Charley Harper’s work, especially the way he brought animals to life in his own stylized way. I’ve seen his work on various types of products, like prints, puzzles, and textiles, but I’ve never seen it on tile before until I saw Motawi Tileworks’ collection. The Michigan-based brand specializes in Art Nouveau, Arts and Crafts, and Mid-Century Modern designs, making Harper’s work a natural fit. They just added three new mini 3×3″ tiles to their already expansive collection and I fell in love with them! The Mouse, Grosbeak, and Chipmunk join a number of other mini tiles featuring Harper’s animals, each one more adorable than the next. You can hang the tiles on the wall or install them as you would any other tile. Either way, it’s a great way to continue Harper’s legacy long after his 2007 death.

side by side images of two colorful resin tables by Elyse Graham

Left: The Lucent Side Table \\\ Right: The California Table

3. New Resin Tables by Elyse Graham

I’ve always been a huge fan of Elyse Graham’s work, so I was excited to see she’s launched new resin tables. Elyse continues to push the boundaries of what resin can do and each time it’s truly exciting. It’s one thing to make a resin table, but it’s another thing to create colorful, abstract resin panels to then turn into sculptural tables. Watching as light softly passes through the more transparent areas is truly something to see. While they obviously provide function as tables, they’re beautiful sculptures that can transform any space.

diy wood model kit of house stuck in potted plant

diy wood model kit of hous

4. DIY Tiny Treehouse Kits

They’re like a combination of a puzzle and a LEGO set, and I think they look pretty fun. It comes with everything you need to make a cool mini modern treehouse that you can sit on a shelf or at the base of a plant (acrylic stake included). It even has LED lights to make your treehouse light up which looks particularly cool when it’s in a plant. Overall, it’s pretty small at just 3.7″ x 4″ x 6.1″, hence the tiny in the name, and should take you about 2-3 hours to build. Sounds good for a rainy, low-key day. Plus, there are other models to choose from!

colorful front book cover of milton glaser's pop

open milton glaser's pop book

open milton glaser's pop book


5. Milton Glaser: POP Book

If you’re at all into art or illustration, or ever seen an “I Heart New York” t-shirt or bag, you’re probably familiar with the work of Milton Glaser. Still one of the most celebrated graphic designers of all time, Glaser, while most known for the above-mentioned ode to NYC, his catalog of work goes far deeper. He’s designed fonts, co-founded New York magazine, illustrated countless posters and album covers, and even created the trippy promotional ads for the final season of Mad Men. I’ve always been fascinated by his life and iconic work so getting to learn more about it in this gorgeous book featuring his work during the 1960s and 1970s is a yes from me.

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Caroline Williamson is Editor-in-Chief of Design Milk. She has a BFA in photography from SCAD and can usually be found searching for vintage wares, doing New York Times crossword puzzles in pen, or reworking playlists on Spotify.