Laura Slater cuts, pastes, paints and layers carefree shapes and patterns to create artful textiles. Slater's surface designs are lively with dynamic brushstrokes and sharp shapes. Modern paintings and housewares all in one. "Informed by the interaction of colour and shape, my design focuses on the translation of drawing and surface through hand printed processes." Slater runs her busy studio and print workshop in West Yorkshire, England.
Rachel de Joode's sculptures and still lives inhabit globby tactile forms that are pleasantly gross at times. Her sculptures play tricks with dimensions and perspectives. Turning back to nature, de Joode began to work with clay, enjoying its playful flexibility. "I really like that it's the ultimate earthly, raw, physical material. It's partly a gut-feeling and partly a choice that I work with clay."
Mari Isopahkala's graceful lighting illuminates by way of an LED glow. She describes her lighting as "sculptural light" built simply with waxed birch wood, then painted with primary hues of red, yellow, and blue (and sometimes green). VIIKARI (above) is her newest ceiling lamp: "Every VIIKARI light arm can turn horizontally 360 degrees, which enables it to direct the light where it is needed." Isopahkala lives and works in Helsinki, Finland.
Pia Howell expresses emotions. Her spirited shapes, abstract but recognizable, may sometimes symbolize a woman, feelings or more directly, brush strokes. "I think about making images with components (whether they're textures or shapes or lines) that oscillate between representation and abstraction. I've been really into starting to paint and enjoying that as an expressive, gestural practice but also going after like 'the perfect brushstroke,' or essentially the symbol of a brushstroke.'
Daniel Eatock is a London based artist formally trained in graphic design who practices "a rational, logical and pragmatic approach when making work." His 2012 series of complementary objects, One + One, demonstrates this utilitarian method. The series was developed at Stanley Picker Gallery, Kingston University over the course of his fellowship. Gallery Director Stanley Picker writes, "[Eatock]…establishes a range of formal, practical or conceptual conceits connecting two otherwise independently existing objects." Aka, object mash up.
A star power trio of Sight Unseen favorites come together as one: Iko Iko presents the collaboration of handbag designers Building Block and furniture makers Waka Waka, who have united to produce a limited edition of custom-order bags and more. Together they explore "how time and use can bring a new personality to the things we wear."
Clay Hickson's drawings are a psychedelic mind meld of shapes and patterns. Hickson's work is influenced by "1980s post-modern furniture design" and a dash of "Northern-California-New-Age-Hippy." Pictured here are his 2011–2013 pencil drawings of imagined interiors featuring Hickson's favorite furniture, mostly Memphis-era designs. Hickson hails from the Bay Area of California and currently resides in Chicago. Most recently he's acquired a Risograph printer and is carving out a groove for himself in the home publishing scene.
We’ve been known to practically beg designers to put their sketchbooks on view for the world to see. But with one of our favorite London-based graphic designers, Peter Nencini, it was much easier than that. Nencini’s sketchbook is basically an open browser window: For nearly five years, the designer has been running one of our favorite inspiration blogs, where among the uncovered gems, he periodically posts direct source material, drawings, schematics, and studies for new work. Nencini trained as an illustrator and says drawing is what comes most naturally to him, even though his work has ranged from designing sets for television to creating amazing found object heirlooms for Partners & Spade to collaborating with wife Sally, a fashion designer, on embroidered and appliquéd upholstery.