If you're looking for a coffee table refresh or some reading material for an upcoming vacation, we've got you covered with our favorite spring reads -- magazine edition. These publications marry surf and design in a masterful way and feature some truly stunning photography.
1. Saturdays Magazine #4: This magazine features stunning typography, beautiful photos and interviews with the coolest of the cool.
2. Monster Children Issue 46: Dane Reynolds is on this month's cover and the issue features a behind-the-scenes look at Kai Neville's latest surf movie, Cluster. Plus there's some great artist interviews and amazing, edgy photos as per usual.
3. The Surfer's Journal 24.2: The Surfer's Journal is a classic surf mag, focused on high-quality photos and editorial content with minimal advertising. This issue features some epic bodysurfing and a trip to South America with Ozzie Wright.
4. Desillusion Mag: This magazine is filled to the brim with gorgeous photos and loads of design and typography porn. You might just find yourself ripping out pages to hang on your wall.
We've said it before and we'll say it again, there's nothing we love more than some good design, whether that's interiors or graphics. Pair a clean, modern design with some gorgeous surf photos and stick it all in a book that's rad enough to put on a coffee table... and we're sold. Here's a round-up of some of the best surf-and-design-inspired coffee table books we've found lately. If you're a surfer, nature-lover, design-afficianado or photography geek, you need to own these.
1. California Surfing And Climbing In The Fifties
"A story, told primarily in photographs, of two parallel and intermingled groups of young Californians following the thrills of ocean waves and granite faces." With a forward by Yvon Chouinard, this book is a must-have for any nature lover or Patagonia fan.
2. Beach Houses
We are suckers for modern architecture and mid-century modern decor. This book features Andrew Geller's stunning modern homes on the coast of New England, complete with vintage photos and original drawings.
3. Slide Your Brains Out
"Often lo-fi and gritty, other times lush and saturated, Campbell’s compositions--which include portraits and action shots of some of the best surfers in the world--are always surprising and full of emotion." This book is surfing with the edge of a skateboarding-inspired youth. Plus it has an afterword by Ed Templeton so you know it's legit.
4. The California Surf Project
Our pal Chris Burkard, a talented photographer, and Eric Soderquist, a professional surfer, hit the California coast on an epic surf adventure along Highway 1. For anyone who's ever daydreamed of quitting their job to buy a van and surf, consider this a must-have.
5. Surfing Photos from the Seventies Taken by Jeff Divine
Jeff Divine grew up here in San Diego. He honed his surfing and photography skills in La Jolla so of course we love this book for the local connection. Add to that the fact that Divine's photos are some of the most iconic vintage surf images around and you've got yourself the perfect coffee table companion.
One of the most popular house plants in the design world right now is the fiddle leaf fig tree. We can't get enough of them and love seeing how they look when styled with our prints. Below we rounded up a few of our favorite fiddle leaf fig x Orange and Park styling moments.
We're big fans of showcasing art through gallery walls. They're a great way to display a collection of prints and original artwork and look especially great when they're designed with an overarching theme. Of course, since we're fans of modern styling with clean, simple lines and typography, we loved this gallery wall designed by A Beautiful Mess blog. It's modern yet fun and even ties in some washi tape for pops of color.
For styling tips and how to create a gallery wall, look no further than gallery wall expert, HGTV host and designer extraordinaire, Emily Henderson. She's a pro at layering and can mix prints like nobody's business. Below we've rounded up some of our favorite gallery walls designed by Emily. They're a mix of abstract and clean/modern. Don't miss her guide to creating the perfect gallery wall.
Photo by Melissa Oholendt for Curbly/Emily Henderson
Photo by Daniel Hennessy for Emily Henderson/Family Circle
We think Orange & Park prints fit perfectly into any gallery wall as the designs are simple enough to sit next to a brightly-colored modern painting but can hold their own when paired with other black and white prints. Elise appears to agree and used the Orange & Park California Coastal Counties print in her living room gallery wall.
We love minimalist design, simple color combinations, typography and surfing. When those all come together, we couldn't be happier. Here are some of our favorite design-friendly accessories that meet one or all of those criteria.