Jennie Jieun Lee forms blobs of clay into attractive vessels full of good humor, and masks that do the same. Lee allows the clay to crack and warp and the paint to drip and drop. Pieces are named Eddie's Mug, Salome, Suzanne and—Mr. Vukelich—A jar and lid based on a true man who sat in a classroom behind me. Make sure you check out her instagram, so many more goodies. Lee lives and works in NYC.
The German brand New Tendency has opened a web shop chock full of their works ranging from tables to lighting to linen shirts. It's a lifestyle. "Grounded as an interdisciplinary design studio, we apply a philosophy of integrated design process to all our work, with a commitment to conceptual and considered design outcomes."
Julia Dault tackles canvases with swift swipes of paint and rhythmic repeats. Dault's sculptures mimic the structure of her painting (or visa versa) with tubular and reflective curves, with lines and colors belted together into a tightly contained bulbous form. Many of Dault's pieces are named after 1980s pop songs, Electric Youth (hello, Debbie Gibson), Rico Suave (yess), 2 Legit (to quit), etc etc - suitable names for these wet and wild works. Dault lives and works in Brooklyn.
Lindsey Hampton splits her time between designing dynamic concert posters and soothing ceramics at her potters wheel. Her process and mediums are fluid, skipping from sculpture to print design is natural progression for Hampton. "Everything in my vision holds equal weight, whether it's graphic design, ceramics, sculpture, photography, music, anything. There's a great deal of spontaneity involved. It all takes shape within the action and is rarely sketched or planned." Palettes, shapes and patterns in her work speak together across all platforms, her voice is loud and clear. Hampton lives and works in Vancouver, BC.
Some Wow are some crazy good ceramics crafted by William Edmonds (also known as one third of the Nous Vous collective). His curvaceous cups are glazed multiple times with speckles and lines in hues of greens, blues and peaches. The magic is in the stack—the vessels sit snug on top one another–or just as striking, the solo mug. Edmonds lives and works in London. Some Wow made in 2013, contact Edmonds if interested in his stellar stoneware.
Sydney's Korban/Flaubert make large-scale sculptures and design objects out of flowing, bending, beautifully contorted metal — objects that show off both their own technical capabilities and those of their Sydney metalworking studio. But before they scale up, they often start small, with miniature models that function like a sketchbook come to life, showing off their ideas to potential clients. Their latest series of maquettes — each of which is only a few feet wide — features "a single folded, crushed line compressed into an agitated solid," they write. "An artifact in Corten steel."
Eva Roovers's still lives contain orderly and fanciful arrangements of mundane objects mixed with organic shapes. Skillfully photographed colored light bounces delicately across her sets. Roovers explains: "Making use of daily objects, I connect what doesn’t belong together. With a sense of geometrical order, the old objects gain a new perspective and are shown like little rock-stars or whimsical monuments." Roovers lives and works in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
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.