Cult object-based publication, The Thing Quarterly, known for collaborations with contemporary eminent figures such as interdisciplinary artist Miranda July, film director Mike Mills, and novelist Jonathan Lethem, will be releasing their latest issue by British visual artist David Shrigley, best known for his mundane, comical illustrations, on April 29. A complete secret, all will be revealed on its release date, but until then, watch the video below to get a sense of what you should expect.
London-based Russian graphic designer Sonya Dyakova is making us rethink the notion of judging a book by its cover. After studying in San Francisco, the typography specialist moved to London to work for interdisciplinary graphic designer Vince Frost and Kerr | Noble, before joining visual art book publisher, Phaidon Press, in 2005 as design director. She now runs her own multidisciplinary studio, Atelier Dyakova, where she consistently churns out designs that are "strongly rooted in conceptual and tactile details, as well as typographic experimentation." Dyakova is also the art director of contemporary art and culture magazine, frieze (re-designed in May 2012) and Frieze Masters magazine. Dyakova is currently working on a catalogue raisonné for Ron Mueck to coincide with his new show at the Cartier Foundation in Paris and come late April, will host a 5-day workshop at the Ecole cantonale d'art de Lausanne for graphic design students. Click through to see a bevy of picks from Atelier Dyakova's portfolio.
You may have heard of the hot beverage made by steeping dry tea leaves into boiling water. Tea in all its varieties and forms—black, white, green, powdered as matcha, and more—has been a hit for over five millennia, with its original development linked to China. So when a Stockholm-based design company, Afteroom, advocates "the traces of time," it comes to us with no surprise that they offer these two innovative tea products—the Tea Caddy Set and Tea Brick. Whether you're a flourishing aficionado or budding connoisseur, Afteroom has got you covered. In the tea department, that is.
No matter what your working space conditions—studio, office, home—the Higher Desk designed by Flip Sellin of Berlin-based design and architecture bureau, Coordination, is here to the rescue. When stuck with a sticky situation (small spaces, hello!), easily take out one leg and switch in the shorter version to lean the desk against any supporting surface, such as a windowsill, stack of books, or cabinet. Appealing and universal—we're fans.
Portland-based retailer Table of Contents hits all the right notes. A modern purveyor of objects and clothing from Rason Jens, Lostine, and Martino Gamper to Henrik Vibskov, Patrik Ervell, and Beatrice Valenzuela, respectively, Table of Contents opened late last year by two local designers, Joseph Magliaro and Shu Hung. Inside, the thoughtful, yet eclectic combination of glass, wood, plants, textile, and metal fill the shop and objects get arranged based on a theme, mainly to rally up the founders' varied interests. Can't make it out to 97209? Their online shop is always open 24/7.
Established in 2008 by Daniel To and Emma Aiston, industrial design studio Daniel Emma strives to "create the unexpected from simple objects using simple forms," calling their designs—which range from desk objects to wall hooks—"just nice." Before Daniel Emma was established, the pair worked for talents such as Marc Newson, Thorsten Van Elten, and Committee and participated in exhibitions internationally. In 2010, Daniel Emma was awarded the Blueprint Most Promising Talent at 100% Design London in 2010 and the Bombay Sapphire Australian Design Discovery Award, the most prestigious design award in the Land Down Under. Below, a sampling of the South Australian duo's office-friendly picks.
Bongiorno! Our editors have been on the scene at the annual furniture fair, Salone Internazionale del Mobile, in Milan, Italy. For the past week, we've been vicariously living through their design notes and snaps and with two days to go, we can't wait to show you more. Keep up with our discoveries through our Instagram and check back next week for more of our reports from Salone!
You may have seen her colorful, quirky illustrations in the paper or those charming landmark icons on the travel itinerary tome of the New York Times, 36 Hours: 150 Weekends in the USA & Canada, so it's no surprise that we're taken with the tiny red bike riding illustrator's work. Based in Milan, Italy, Olimpia Zagnoli has been proving her gifted handiwork chops to clients such as Taschen, Air France, and Columbia University and was awarded New Visual Artist of 2012 by Print Magazine. Click through to see a few of our favorites from the T. Rex listening, postcard sending, stripe wearing illustrator below!
Apophenia: the experience of seeing meaningful patterns or connections in random or meaningless data. Such is the title of Ann Arbor, Michigan based paper artist and engineer Matt Shlian's geometric series for Ghostly International, a follow-up to 2011’s Tessellation Series. Presented in four distinct moments, each with an edition of 25, Apophenia reads like snapshots in the process of pattern creation. We recently had the opporunity to chat with Schlian to find out more about his creative process, influences, preferences, and why he is "sort of anti-decoration."