Meet the women-owned brands fueling my puzzle addiction

Fun fact about me: Since joining the Design Milk team last year, I’ve become something of a puzzle addict. I’m thrilled to have the privilege of discovering some extremely talented new creators and designers, of course – but I was admittedly unprepared for the hold that design-driven puzzles would soon have on me. Not only do these drool-worthy puzzles provide welcome respite from my laptop and phone screen, but they’re essentially works of art that you can build yourself (they make a great gift, too!). Want a piece of puzzle madness? Check women owned puzzle brands that fueled my puzzle-induced mania. For more modern puzzles, head to the Design Milk Shop!

Piece puzzles
Proving nights don’t have to be boring, Piecework Puzzles features frame-worthy, maximalist scenes that are the very definition of eye candy. Exhausted from the bustle culture and eager to disconnect, founders Rachel and Jena booked a rental cabin to get away from it all. With zero cell service and only puzzles to entertain themselves, founders and friends quickly discovered the inner piece that puzzles can bring. Bonus: there’s a playlist pairing for each of their puzzles!

tutti frutti puzzle

Tutti-Frutti puzzle
Tutti-Frutti is the tropical still life of dreams. Bursting with captivating jewel tones and lush florals, assembling Piecework’s Tutti-Frutti Puzzle is its own kind of vacation. At 500 pieces, it still offers a healthy challenge – Design Milk reviewer Tania writes, “This one was intricate enough to keep me captivated for three nights straight! I looked forward to going there every night. Pretty colors!”

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@design_milk It’s almost the weekend, which means it’s almost time to get lost in a puzzle 🧩 #challenge #tiktokchallenge #explore ♬ Right Down the Line – Gerry Rafferty

puzzle rise and shine

Rise & Shine Puzzle
Morning heaven, the Rise & Shine puzzle is an uplifting tableau in honor of the most important meal of the day. Complete with bagels and lox, sparkly fruit and black and white cookies, this bright and colorful 1,000 piece puzzle is a perfect post-brunch activity for intermediate puzzlers.

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@design_milk The best way to start your day! 🥯☀️ #repost 🎥 @Piecework Puzzles #puzzletok #SmoothLikeNitroPepsi ♬ original sound – For you

soon puzzles

Canadian artist and illustrator Soon Cho founded SOONNESS in 2021 to support her budding artistic career. After releasing her first range of modern, colorful puzzles (the brand’s Gradient Therapy puzzles are a favourite!) and learning the ins and outs of the business, Cho was inspired to collaborate with other independent artists and bring their work to the SOONNESS community. passionate puzzlers.

magic box soon

Magic Box Puzzle
A star among SOONNESS’ Gradient Therapy puzzle collection, the Magic Box 1,000 piece puzzle is the perfect way to unplug and unplug at the end of a long day. Deceptively simple in its rectangular shape, the mesmerizing gradient of the Magic Box puzzle is sure to captivate and challenge puzzle lovers of all skill levels. Any advice (no pun intended)? Focus on grouping pieces by color rather than shape.

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arctic life puzzle

Arctic life puzzle
With adorable cartoon animals and whimsical new details to discover with every glance, SOONNESS’ Arctic Life Puzzle is a winter wonderland puzzle. Brimming with winter adventures, Arctic Life is challenging in more ways than one – puzzlers of all ages will love the mind-blowing experience of putting together its 1,000 pieces and the thrill of discovering hidden Ninas (the SOONNESS mascot inspired from Soon Cho) along the way!

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four dot puzzles

Four dot puzzle
Inspired by her design background and her love of contemporary art, founder and puzzle enthusiast Lindsay Stead created Four Point Puzzles to celebrate her passions and share them with the world. The Ontario-based puzzle company is loved for its thoughtful collaborations with contemporary artists and its selection of unique puzzles that have something for everyone. Whether you want to piece together a photo of the planets, a quilted textile, or an original piece of modern art, there’s a four-dot puzzle that’s sure to challenge and delight you.

melted puzzle

melted puzzle
Designed in collaboration with Swedish artist and illustrator Sara Andreasson, the Fade Puzzle uses bold graphic shapes and expressive color gradients that challenge and captivate viewers. At 1,000 pieces, Four Point rates the Fade Puzzle as medium to hard difficulty, but with patience, time, and a bit of trial and error, you can master its seamless color changes. Plus, you’ll love the sweet taste of victory that comes from hanging it on your wall when finished.

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tangled puzzle

Tangled puzzle
In Four Point’s Tangled Puzzle, acclaimed designer and crypto-artist Vratislav Pecka uses bold colors and interwoven thick organic lines to invite puzzlers to piece together each vibrant strand in search of its beginning. Inspired by the Bauhaus movement and 90s nostalgia, Pecka’s captivating puzzle has a retro-modern look that injects color and geometric flair into your space. At 1,000 pieces, the Tangled Puzzle offers a moderate challenge that, combined with a little time and persistence, is accessible to all puzzlers.

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ordinary habit

Ordinary habit
Founded by mother-daughter duo Teresa and Echo Hopkins, Ordinary Habit puzzles are clever items that are as fun to complete as they are to look around your home. Believing in the transformative powers of everyday play, Ordinary Habit puzzles help transform ordinary times into moments of mindfulness. Whether you complete them as a team or solo for a meditative escape, Ordinary Habit’s creative and modern puzzles help cultivate a sense of calm and connection, one piece at a time.

ordinary habits puzzle

Puzzle How am I going to spend the summer
Designed by illustrator Maggie Stephenson, the How I Will Spend the Summer puzzle embodies all our hopes for the upcoming spring and summer seasons. Rich in sunshine, tropical fruits, palm trees and a warm pink and green color palette, every step of completing this 1000 piece puzzle will spark joy.

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ordinary habits puzzle

Puppy love puzzle
The Ordinary Habit Puppy Love Puzzle, designed by illustrator Ana Jaks, is a 100-piece bite-sized puzzle that provides a major serotonin boost. With its bright colors, bold graphic flowers and cheerful confetti, putting this stylish pooch together is a total treat. It’s also a great gift for the dog lover in your life!

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Alexa is a business writer at Design Milk. She lives in Miami, Florida, with her fiancé Alex and Phoebe, a retired greyhound. A lifelong art and design enthusiast, Alexa’s first stops in any new city are art museums. When she’s not writing about her favorite DM store picks, she may be burying herself in a book, watching reality TV, or venturing around town with her partner and pup.

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