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.'
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.