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Of-The-Moment Ceramics — And Mushrooms? — At a New Brooklyn Pop-Up

Since it opened in the summer of 2012, Frank Traynor’s Perfect Nothing Catalog — an ice shack–turned-shop that its owner transplanted from upstate New York to Brooklyn — has already relocated twice: from its original home in a Greenpoint garden to the backyard of a gallery in Bushwick, and, very briefly this summer, to a subway platform in Williamsburg. That particular pitstop, set up outside a more permanent subway retail outlet called The Newsstand, was a show called Behind Flamingo Plaza. “It was named after my high-school hangout, an all thrift-store strip mall in Miami — a very formative space for my aesthetic and a vibe I wanted to honor,” explains Traynor.
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Alpha Cruxis by Rebecca Martin

Tasmanian-born designer Rebecca Martin started the fashion label Alpha Cruxis earlier this summer from her studio in Neuköln, Berlin. Its launch collection consists of five geometrically shaped handbags that Martin meticulously handcrafts from rigid 3mm-thick Italian leather, using methods she likens more to carpentry than fashion design — sanding, carving, etc.
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Phillip Estlund’s Decoupaged Vintage Eames Shell Chairs

Phillip Estlund is a Greek-born, Florida- and NYC-based sculpture and collage artist who hit upon the idea for his series of hand-decoupaged vintage Eames chairs quite by accident: "I often work with imagery from field guides and books containing detailed images from nature," he explains. "As I was organizing cut-out images of flowers, I laid them out on several surfaces, including on the seat of my Herman Miller, Eames molded-fiberglass chair. The otherwise stark surface became immediately activated in a way that I hadn’t considered, and after arranging and adhering the flowers to the seat, the result was the Bloom Chair.”
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AOO Shop in Barcelona

AOO is a new store and brand in Barcelona started by Marc Morro and Oriol Villar, whose first collection is a mix of chunky wood pieces they've designed and built in their workshop and pieces they've commissioned from other designers and had produced by local craftsmen. The store's shelves are supplemented with outside objects from brands like Santa & Cole, and its graphics are the work of Eindhoven faves Raw Color. "We're a place where you can easily find things that are hard to find," say the founders. "For example, things to give to someone you really care about, like yourself if you consider it appropriate."
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Psychic Stones by FriendsWithYou

Dreamy and spiritual Psychic Stones are a series of "unique multiples" made by the L.A.-based art collective FriendsWithYou, now showing at Paul Kasmin Gallery's PK Shop in New York, 511 West 27th Street. The multi-faceted, translucent color collages are made out of resin, with collected forms suspended inside. "FriendsWithYou artists Samuel Borkson and Arturo Sandoval III conjure each resin Psychic Stone with a customized spell, imbuing the sculptures with powers of healing and self-empowerment," says the artists' statement. "Each is accompanied by a unique magical ritual designed by the artists, along with instructions for their use and care."
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Staycation: A Home Collection by Eric Trine and Will Bryant

Staycation, a collaborative home collection by Eric Trine and Will Bryant is a delightfully chill and a pleasantly patterned pairing of housewares. A chair, a lamp, a table—everyday utilitarian pieces transformed by Trine and Bryant to unwind your mind. Sit back, relax–it's a staycation. See it now until December 1 at SuperMaker in Portland Oregon. All pieces are available for sale, contact etrine@gmail.com.
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New Work by David Taylor

Hot off the presses! A Sight Unseen fave, David Taylor gave us a 'first look' at his newest trio–a mirror, a vase and a plate. Taylor's work is often a conglomerate of materials, surfaces and actual conglomerates. Today we see a mix of polished brass, concrete and rough edged rock clusters combined to form this elegant and satisfying series. Taylor comments the project is very much "in embryo" so don't be surprised if the set takes off in a new direction. Even tho to our wide eyes the series looks completely snazzy as is.
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Cocolia, Design Studio

Cocolia's style is all swooshes and swirls, dots and splotches with bouncing colors that fill the page. A fun filled design studio based in Barcelona, Spain Cocolia makes work brimming with hues and humor, most definitely eye catching. They make sure to allow space for plenty of playtime thats help to inspire their client work, 'These exercises allow us to implement new techniques and visual results for future works.' Cocolia is Raul Ramos and Mieria Ruiz, a graphic design studio that develops corporate identity, art direction and editorial projects and more.
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Jennie Jieun Lee, Ceramist

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.
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New Tendency’s Precision-Crafted Instant Classics

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."
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