Artist-Designed Rugs in Henzel Studio and Paddle8’s Benefit Auction

Handmade carpets that defy function will go under the hammer next week

Work from some of the world’s finest artists can be found—on carpets—in an auction running 3-17 December to benefit the Elton John Aids Foundation. Swedish luxury textile house Henzel Studio is partnering with online auction house Paddle8 for the two-week event. The 20 artists who created products were encouraged to think beyond practicality. And many of the pieces do defy function—several thanks to their non-traditional shapes. Each of the handmade …

Miami Art Week 2018: Designer Misha Kahn’s Bellyflop Collection for Poolside Use

Outdoor entertaining reimagined at The Miami Beach EDITION

There’s life to NYC-based artist and designer Misha Kahn‘s work. It’s a taste of anthropomorphism blended with a touch of childhood nightmare…or daydream. Twists and turns and irregularities beget playful pieces that, if one turns away, might just leave of their own accord. In the ever-crowding design world, Kahn’s style has become easily recognizable and deservedly so. During Miami Art Week, he applied all of this …

Misaki Kawai for Paddle8

Bazoombas and bananas inspire a collection of children's furniture

The childlike work of Japanese artist Misaki Kawai shuns expertise, embracing “heta-uma”, an anime-derived method that risks amateur aesthetics by embracing basic expression. Her approach provides a nice parallel to the world of squirming tikes, who brim with creativity but lack the motor skills of a master painter. Furry animals, banana chairs and whimsical snake benches make up “Love from Mt. Pom Pom“, Kawai’s ongoing …