I remember being immediately captivated when I first saw the nautical artworks by Dan Balgley in Jonathan Adler’s Shelter Island home. (Dan has created some cool typographical pieces of string art for Jonathan Alder stores, so do keep an eye out!) I was styling Jonathan’s home for the Bright Bazaar book and the unique appearance and form of the nail and string pieces intrigued me to discover more artworks that were made using this approach. So you can imagine my excitement when I recently discovered these nail and string artworks by Mr & Mrs Morgan. Based in Valencia, Spain, Hector and Maria Luisa are two young designers who create all their pieces by hand. I’m smitten with the anchor design – it’s ideal for a summer scheme! The heart would be an adorable Valentines or wedding gift, while the bear and hot air balloon are ideal for kids. Which of their designs are catching your eye? Do you know of any artists that create pieces using a similar method?

// Top photograph by Andrew Boyd from the Bright Bazaar book; ship artwork by Dan Balgley | Other pictures and artworks by Mr & Mrs Morgan


Will Taylor

Will lives in NYC and is an interior design author and content creator. He's been blogging about his love of design, style and travel since 2009. His #MakeYouSmileStyle approach to decorating and dressing has inspired over one million Instagram uploads to the hashtag from followers across the world.


  1. I love the two-piece one of the dachshund. I’m currently obsessed with dachshund, not so much with pugs even though I think that would make a great string and nail artwork as well. I really like how they hung up the dachshund and drew something in between both pictures. Makes it much more funny and interactive.

  2. I’m also a fan of the dachshund, such a cute idea with the middle ‘skeleton’ part! Having that drawn on the wall between the two raised frames is a great contrast, especially with the artworks themselves being so tactile. Completely smitten!

  3. Will this takes me back to my childhood. Love what they do, such a cool idea! Mel xx

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Hey, I'm Will

Welcome to Bright.Bazaar, my make-you-smile style corner of the internet. I’ve been sharing my love of beautiful design, feel-good homes, everyday style, inspiring travel and, pretty much everything in between, since 2009. As well as working as a content creator, I write interior design books and edit a bi-weekly e-newsletter called Smile Mail. I live in New York City with my heartmate and can often be found listening to Madonna’s Confessions album and dreaming up my next home renovation project.