2010 Most Influential (Part One)

It's that time of year when we take a look back at the past year and have a little fun reminiscing, to see what really made our hearts flutter and think about what was the most influential in the design/art/craft world.   With so much inspiration, it was hard to pick just a few.  Here is part one of what should be a three or four part post.

Online Magazines

Online magazines were huge this year, and probably the most influential and popular.  With the help of sites such as issue.com, creating an online magazine has made it a lot easier and affordable to make your own publication. From New York stylists to talented DIY-ers, these indie-publications are fun and filled with inspiration!

Illustrated Vintage Garlands

Illustrated garlands that have been gracing our pages for the past year are continuing to inspire on paper goods, decals and even logos.  (Top to Bottom)  1. Humunuku,  2. Rifle Paper Company, 3. Shanna Murray

Succulents and Air Plants

Succulents and air plants have had a huge influence this year from bridal bouquets to holiday wreaths.  Florists such as Flora Grubb out of San Francisco have really stood out with their beautiful vertical living wall gardens designs and wedding bouquets; ceramic designer Mudpuppy has made unique planters for the tillandsia.  (Clockwise)  1. Vertical Living Gardens,  2. Tortoise Loves Donkey, 3. Mudpuppy

Bunting + Garlands

Garlands and bunting were everywhere from children's bedrooms to wedding parties.  Definitely a fun accessory to make a place happy and festive!  1. Bliss in a Teacup. 2. Purl Soho


I love the cake flags.  I first spotted them on Make Something on a beautiful cake (above) designed by Nikole Herriott. Now they are everywhere! 1. Herriott Grace, 2. Project Wedding

Colourful Triangles

Triangles, pyramids, whatever you call them, they are colourful and inspiring!  (Above)  1. Matt. W. Moore

The Colour Yellow

Yellow seemed to be the colour I remember popping up so much in magazines and online this year.  It's such a great colour to use as an accent.  From the top:  1.  Canapé Ruché by Inga Sempé for Ligne Roset; 2.  Fauteuil Flax by Philippe Nigro, Ligne Roset; 3.  Seahorse Pillow, by Thomas Paul

Instant Film + Polaroids

Instant film lovers dreams came true this year thanks to an incredibly devoted group of folks behind The Impossible Project.  On March 22nd, at a press conference at the International Center of Photography in New York, The Impossible Project unveiled its first analog instant film for use with traditional Polaroid cameras.  It sent the world of instant film lovers buzzing.  (Above):   "Succulent", Brian Henry, USA

Crafty Industrial

Real Living Magazine featured this "Crafty Industrial" look this past year which inspired us to create a work space studio that was affordable and fun!  (Above)  Real Living Magazine

Restored Vintage Trailers

The restored vintage trailer has been around for a while now, but it just keeps on getting better and better, as seen here at the hotel, El Cosmico with it's Texas-inspired decor.  (Above) El Cosmico.


Stripes keep popping up in our world, and we keep loving them more and more.  The Pendleton and Hudson's Bay blankets have never been more coveted.  (Above):  El Cosmico and Anthropologie.

Stay tuned for Part Two!

Read our previous years' most influential:

2009 Most Influential
2008 Most Influential
2007 Most Influential
2006 (Best of '06))
2005 (Best of '05)

Jan Halvarson


Anonymous said...

Snap! I just posted about Herriott Grace's cakes too. And you're spot on with yellow, polaroids, triangles and bunting! A pleasure to look back!

thea said...

This was fun to look on and ponder. It's been a full year of lots of beautiful things hasn't it? I know I may be biased having worked on spoonfulzine for the year, but actually despite or because of the recession they all seem to be such whimsical and happy things don't you think? in which case bring on more happy whimsy for 2011 I say!!

Great round up! I'm looking forward to part 2!



Renee said...

Love all of these! Can't wait to see the other parts!

Kim Werker said...

What a cool way to look back on the year. And still, I can't believe I full-on jumped on the yellow bandwagon for a few projects — it's usually one of my least favorite colours, but this year I found myself loving it.

Rachel Dangerfield said...

Spot on! And I'm loving the crafty industrial (with just a TOUCH of rustic). I'm currently furnishing a new apartment on the cheap, and it's the perfect way to make do with hardly any budget. Cheers to 2010!

Unknown said...

Such fun! It was definitely exciting to see all of those e-mags pop up during 2010.

Julia Ogden said...

Lovely post. I really like the vertical wall gardens.
You've inspired me to dig out my old polaroid photographs and have a closer look at the Impossible Project, there is hope for my redundant polaroid camera-thank you for sharing.

Jan Halvarson said...

Thanks everyone, it is always fun to do.

Mo @ Mo' Funk Designs said...

What a great way to review the year. I love mudpuppy, I'll be adding some of Michael's treasures to my wish list for 2011.