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Shane Powers For West Elm

If you were a fan of Blueprint magazine (2006-2007) back in the day, you most likely recall seeing art director and stylist Shane Powers and his work in each issue as editor. I loved what he did for Blueprint and after they folded, I wondered what would become of this Brooklyn-based talent.This is one of my favorite photos from his portfolio and was featured in Blueprint — everything about this room makes me happy, right down to the folding doors as mood board/room divider DIY project. If I recall correctly, the table was another DIY project, I think they used a door from a home store and covered it with light gray vinyl fabric and tacked it down with brushed gold studs around the sides to dress it up.

Shane Powers

Today, when I heard about his collaboration with West Elm and watched his video showing how to compose four beautiful arrangements of flowers, I was so happy to see Shane again! He has designed a few lovely vessels for them and shows you how to use them in an instructional how-to video right here. Here are some of his vases for West Elm followed by a few shots from his portfolio…

Shane Powers for West Elm

Shane Powers for West Elm

Shane Powers

Shane Powers

Shane Powers

Shane Powers

What do you think? Do you like this collection? Do you like seeing WE working with artists and designers for limited edition collections? Who should they collaborate with next?

(images: west elm + shane powers)

Posted by decor8 in inspiration on January 12, 2011

Your comments...

  1. patricia commented
    January 12th, 2011 at 7:15pm

    Without a doubt, the top photo is the one Domino image that has stuck with me. There is so much about it that I like. I keep handy to inspire me for my work space. So… I’m not surprised to see that I love Shane’s new work. Beautiful!


  2. michelle commented
    January 12th, 2011 at 7:18pm

    I’m really enjoying these collaborations. It’s nice to see a company like West Elm working with independent artists instead of reproducing copies of their popular designs.

    I could perch ceramics fitting well at West Elm and it would be a dream if they could work with Lindsey Adleman because then I might be able to afford one of her light fixtures.
    michelle´s last blog post ..West Elm Spring Sneak Peek

  3. aa commented
    January 12th, 2011 at 7:19pm

    still have my blueprints for design inspiration (i recognize some reused photos) – glad to see shane back!
    aa´s last blog post ..get me out of here

  4. Heather @ REOlisticRenovation commented
    January 12th, 2011 at 7:20pm

    I used to LOVE that magazine and was also sad to see it go. This is exciting! I love that they are working with people like Shane. Exciting!

  5. Jillian commented
    January 12th, 2011 at 7:21pm

    I really like what West Elm has been doing with their collaborations. That first photo from Blueprint was one of my favorites, and I have been wanting to recreate that desk for a while.
    Jillian´s last blog post ..Walking in a Winter Wonderland

  6. ethanollie commented
    January 12th, 2011 at 7:23pm

    i think it is a fantastic way to bring original art to the mainstream consumer, it’s a win, win, win… for WE , the designer and the buyer.

  7. miss crowland commented
    January 12th, 2011 at 7:23pm

    I miss blueprint so much. I have every issue, and I am never getting rid of them! Sounds like a great collaboration.

  8. ethanollie commented
    January 12th, 2011 at 7:25pm

    i also think there is no way WE and others WON’T do this. i bet they are feeling the crunch from sites like Etsy, and they’ll do it just to compete, no doubt.
    ethanollie´s last blog post ..Vintage 1920&39s Science Book

  9. Adriana commented
    January 12th, 2011 at 7:26pm

    Much missed indeed! I’m a proud owner of all issues! ;D The “downtown home office” was an inspiration for my own studio. Just loved the color scheme!
    Adriana´s last blog post ..drikab purple circles jute pouch

  10. Jeanne commented
    January 12th, 2011 at 7:45pm

    I like the collection and I like what West Elm is doing featuring small designers. This looks like a new trend.
    Jeanne´s last blog post ..To Brighten Your Day

  11. Ann Marie commented
    January 12th, 2011 at 7:51pm

    Funny, I just pulled out my old copies of Blueprint this past weekend to flip through them. I really wish the magazine had made it. I loved the concept.

  12. bicocacolors commented
    January 12th, 2011 at 8:10pm

    without a doubt…fantastic idea!!!!
    bicocacolors´s last blog post ..colores

  13. virginia commented
    January 12th, 2011 at 8:12pm

    I would suggest cole scego. It doesn’t appear his website, has been updated in a while though I know he is currently showing work (furniture + wall hangings) at my fashion school. (stephens college) His work is amazing and according to the information in the gallery he is working on a “modern made in AMERCIA” furniture line to be released under a different name and a brick and mortar store to be called “fern and sycamore”. Also love the titles of his work such as: “sunsets in sh*t towns”, “3gallons per board ft”, “the point is there aint no point”, “a bird is a good spot for a tree” et cetera. And as a bonus he dresses quite nice. I love decor8 by the way, provides loads of inspiration for me.

  14. Lori Jo commented
    January 12th, 2011 at 8:18pm

    Funny I should see this today…. the image of the decoupaged bureau and magazine boxes above was on the cover of the Jan/Feb 2008 issue of Blueprint which is sitting on the top of my stack of Blueprint magazines… I loved Blueprint and love to browse through old issues of mine!

  15. kalanicut commented
    January 12th, 2011 at 8:23pm

    Miss Blueprint, of course. Still remember one particular day reading it in the hair salon with my hair up in a hundred strips of tin foil feeling amazingly inspired. I still remember the beautiful dresser I stared and stared at.

    I love these great workspace inspirations. I am working on a new workspace right now and I’m in need of great ideas.

    As for future collaborations — uh, Holly Becker, right?! They should definitely work on a collaborate with Holly Becker.
    kalanicut´s last blog post ..Embroidered Wood &amp Leather Clogs

  16. kat commented
    January 12th, 2011 at 8:49pm

    I Loooooooooooove that rug in the last image, do you know where it’s from?
    kat´s last blog post ..what a gorgeous place!

  17. decor8 commented
    January 12th, 2011 at 8:55pm

    @Kat — Sorry I don’t.

  18. decor8 commented
    January 12th, 2011 at 8:57pm

    @Kalanicut – What a dream that would be!

  19. Couture Carrie commented
    January 12th, 2011 at 9:01pm

    Gorgeous post!
    I miss Blueprint!


  20. Dagmarette commented
    January 12th, 2011 at 9:21pm

    It is so clean and simple. I do love the freshness it has, but a little to barren for my taste! I love a bit more color.

  21. Laura Gaskill commented
    January 12th, 2011 at 9:28pm

    I LOVE the vessels, they have a kind of straight from the pottery wheel feel that really appeals to me. And oh man, I did love Blueprint and sadly I did not save a single issue! Boo!
    Laura Gaskill´s last blog post ..A Trip Down Domino Lane- Pale Neutrals

  22. iHanna commented
    January 12th, 2011 at 9:51pm

    I just want to walk straight into these photos and LIVE there for ever. thanks for sharing Holly!
    iHanna´s last blog post ..The December Journal

  23. Michelle commented
    January 12th, 2011 at 9:58pm

    Ooo, I love that rug!

  24. Monica commented
    January 12th, 2011 at 10:02pm

    The vases are fabulous. I think that it is great for both the designers and the customers that more companies are doing the limited edition collections or even the not so limited editions ones like the IKEA PS. The designers get great exposure and/or try something new. The customers (us) get to buy it. :)
    I second Kalanicut. You dream big Holly, so why not?
    Monica´s last blog post ..Chair love

  25. Alyssa commented
    January 12th, 2011 at 10:36pm

    I like the “fish tank” one. What kind of leaf is in there?

  26. whistlerpotpie commented
    January 12th, 2011 at 10:46pm

    I loved that first image so much, I tracked down the maker of the tiny gray coat. I have it framed in a shadowbox across from our coat closet – people always want one!

  27. decor8 commented
    January 12th, 2011 at 10:54pm

    @Alyssa – Those are water plants.

  28. elisa commented
    January 12th, 2011 at 11:09pm

    the ceramic pieces are wonderful, nice to see what he’s making. interesting way to do things, definitely, collaborating like that! x

  29. sara commented
    January 12th, 2011 at 11:25pm

    Just so you know, Shane Powers never left Martha Stewart. After the magazine folded, he stayed on in various capacities, and contributes regularly to the craft blog on her site. Although he was not senior editor, he had an uncanny knack for witty word usage and double meanings. I miss the magazine, too. If you do a little digging, you can find most of the editors, stylists, designers have followed their creative passion and do collaborate with other firms. Blueprint continues to have an influence over Martha. Her style is starting to breakout of the stodgy traditional, and reflect the youthful urban chic that Blueprint represented and that we all loved.

  30. Alicia Bock commented
    January 12th, 2011 at 11:34pm

    Oh… these make me want to get all my old Blueprints out after the kids to to bed.
    Of course, I would give anything to work with West Elm…. dreaming big as always! xoxo- A.

  31. Luciane commented
    January 12th, 2011 at 11:36pm

    I’m a virgin… ok.. maybe I was, not anymore.. yep! This is my very first time on Decor8!

    I must say that’s just “ridiculous” this is my first time… I should’ve come here a long time ago, now what am I going to do? Well, maybe I should stay here for the rest oof the night, just to get to know you better… like the idea? :-)

    I come from VW’s blog and I loved your post there. Thank you for that! I left a comment saying how I feel about your post.

    Anyways, I’ve started my blog in September, and it’s growing so much because I’m doing what you’ve mentioned on your post… work! I spend hours every single day working on it and on my network too. It will pay back (hopefully, literally!) :-)
    If you (PLEASE!) have a minute, go take a look at my post. Let me know what you think. It would make me feel really honored. Truly.



  32. Sarah @ Comfort and Joy commented
    January 13th, 2011 at 12:35am

    How funny! I just blogged about Shane’s collaboration myself! :)

    I was taken aback (in a good way!) to see West Elm collaborating with artists like this. Shane and the Etsy artists seem like a great fit, aesthetically. I particularly like this integration of handmade chic into the wares of major retailers. I think it will expose a lot of people less connected to the blogosphere to the handmade movement.

  33. CC at Currently Chic commented
    January 13th, 2011 at 1:07am

    Great post! That dresser with the bureau painted on it is to die for! It looks like it should come alive as one of the characters on Beauty and the Beast! Adorable!
    CC at Currently Chic´s last blog post ..Snow- Snow- Snow!

  34. simone leblanc commented
    January 13th, 2011 at 1:35am

    loving the plants!

  35. A Plum By Any Other Name commented
    January 13th, 2011 at 1:36am

    I was so sad to see blueprint go. Luckily, I can still get my fix with decor8! :)
    A Plum By Any Other Name´s last blog post ..Glazing Over Resolutions with Ginger-Glazed Carrots

  36. mudpuppy commented
    January 13th, 2011 at 1:56am

    Isn’t it fantastic?! I am so happy to see the larger companies supporting independent artists. As ethanollie said, win-win! Thanks @patricia for the endorsement, it would be a dream come true.
    mudpuppy´s last blog post ..Modern White Baby Head Vase – Planter by Mudpuppy

  37. karen commented
    January 13th, 2011 at 3:28am

    I love the idea of West Elm collaborating with artists ans designers. There’s so much amazing untapped talent out there in the world, we need to see more of it to inspire and enlighten us.

  38. Daughter Earth commented
    January 13th, 2011 at 7:00am

    Ahh I love that dresser so much! too cute.
    those plants are also amazing.
    Daughter Earth´s last blog post ..Species Facts- Spectacled Bear

  39. Natalie commented
    January 13th, 2011 at 7:17am

    Very nice photos, thank you for the daily inspiration (:
    Natalie´s last blog post ..My kitchen – Feels like home

  40. decor8 commented
    January 13th, 2011 at 12:59pm

    @Sara – Thanks for the information! Just to clarify though, it was not mentioned that he left MSLO in my text, simply that I wondered where he went after the magazine folded. Thanks so much for the update!

  41. Lauren commented
    January 13th, 2011 at 7:05pm

    Very exciting!

    I love West Elm!
    Lauren´s last blog post ..New Year- New State

  42. Lisa commented
    January 13th, 2011 at 7:24pm

    Holly! You just brightened up a very dreary winter day! I loved Blueprint and still have all the issues right here on my bookshelf. Thanks so much for posting this, I’m off to check out Shane’s portfolio. Oh and I think it’s awesome when WE teams up with other designers, just super great! :)
    Lisa´s last blog post ..Glitter!

  43. Jordana @ White Cabana commented
    January 14th, 2011 at 1:46pm

    Oh Blueprint – another mag that I miss!
    Jordana @ White Cabana´s last blog post ..TOYWATCH

  44. Amy F commented
    January 14th, 2011 at 2:41pm

    Aww, I still have this ripped out Blueprint page in my studio decor ideas folder. Love the brass tacks and those mood boards…time for some diy, maybe?
    Amy F´s last blog post ..Still sketching away

  45. Glenda Childers commented
    January 16th, 2011 at 5:00am

    In my recent move to Chicago, I just discovered West Elm. I was just there yesterday to purchase a set of yellow lacquered coasters. The perfect pick me up, for the long Chicago winter.

    Glenda Childers´s last blog post ..50 things to do this winter while we await spring

  46. lisa h. commented
    January 16th, 2011 at 5:36pm

    That work space in the first photo is a dream, and I adore the simple, unadorned ceramic pieces.
    lisa h.´s last blog post ..Years end

  47. Sarah commented
    January 17th, 2011 at 1:22am

    Thanks for introducing me to the work of Shane Powers. I adore the water plants styled in the vases, so inventive!
    Sarah´s last blog post ..OFF THE MAP

  48. Angela commented
    January 18th, 2011 at 11:25pm

    I love the contrast of the modern silhouettes of the vessels (and cool gray as opposed to terracotta) with the wild flowers and greenery!

  49. Beth commented
    February 3rd, 2011 at 2:34pm

    it’s awesome that west elm and etsy are making nice and elevating the importance of original art in it’s many forms. i would love a chance to throw my hat in the proverbial ring but am not sure how to go about doing it.

    happy snow day : )

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