Each Valeria Vasi object is handcrafted in Barcelona, including the just released and limited edition Liquid Vase. The handblown glass vessel stands 25cm tall (just under 10 inches) and its fluid form appears just as striking whether holding a bloom or empty. It’s the perfect piece to illustrate how Vasi balances visual art with function. Price is in Euros.
Oakland-based artist Anjelica Colliard’s colorful “Magic Checker Plant” print intends to honor and celebrate nature and wisdom. With an ombre check border, the artwork features swirling, glorious flowers, stems and petals. The limited edition print (each of which comes signed and numbered) measures 10.5 by 13.5 inches.
From CBD brand Feals, this Good Feals Kit includes a reusable bag, 500-piece puzzle and 600mg CBD tincture. Made from high-quality fractionated medium-chain triglyceride oil (naturally found in foods like coconut oil) and hemp cannabinoid extract, the tincture is unflavored and aims to reduce pain, stress and anxiety. Most importantly, 100% of net proceeds will be donated to Painted Brain—an LA-based mental health non-profit that focuses on community, offering art workshops, occupational therapy and more.
Layered with thoughtfulness, this collaboration launches on what would have been Jake Burton’s 67th birthday in an edition of 1,977 units to commemorate the year he debuted his brand and birthed an industry. The set features a stainless steel Shinola Duck watch, a replica Burton Backhill Board (The BB1) and a 288-page coffee table book documenting Burton’s life journey. Also included is a leather cooler bag and accessory pouch with additional memorials.
Third-generation woodworker Shuji Nakagawa at Nakagawa Mokkouegi in Shiga used a 700-year-old technique called Ki-Oke (or bucket-making) to craft these vases—in an edition of 30 unique pieces. Today there are just a few of these traditional artisans left—and unlike many of his peers, Nakagawa also uses the technique to create more modern objects like these. For this particular commission, we asked him to create a vase with an organic shape unlike one he’d ever produced before. When he presented the stellar collection of 30 pieces he said the commission was the most challenging project he’s worked on.
Future Retrieval—the collaborative project of artists Guy Michael Davis and Katie Parker—contribute their limited edition print “Mycology Monday” to Fort Makers’ Dreamscapes sale. Half of the proceeds from sales will be donated to Henry Street Settlement Food Access Initiative, an emergency home delivery food pantry organized by Henry Street Settlement and Vision Urbana, which provides essential groceries for those facing food insecurity. The delightful fungi-focused artwork (available in an edition of 30) has been screen-printed on 290gsm coventry rag and measures 20 by 16 inches. Take a look online at all the other artworks available in the Dreamscapes project.
The latest Virgil Abloh c/o Vitra collaboration is available for the first time in the United States today. The retro-futuristic collection—consisting of the Ceramic Block, Petite Potence lamp and Antony armchair—has been reimagined in an icy baby blue. The iconic, cleverly engineered Antony armchair was originally designed in 1954 by Jean Prouvé and now boasts a contemporary Abloh twist. Each limited piece is individually numbered, making it a covetable gift for design enthusiasts and collectors. Available now at Basic.Space, a members-only marketplace that offers worldwide shipping.
All proceeds from the sales of these limited edition, artist-designed plates—made in collaboration with Coalition for the Homeless, Prospect and Artware Editions—go toward providing unhoused people with crisis services, food, shelter and more. Selling out quickly, the plates are all priced equally and feature artwork by Nina Chanel Abney, Sterling Ruby, Marina Adams, Ugo Rondinone and others.
With 20% of the proceeds from its sale donated to the Central Emergency Response Fund (a humanitarian unit established by the United Nations), this Nothing Lasts Forever/CORONA Soap by artist Nir Hod works double duty. The NYC-based artist collaborated with Prospect on the limited edition product, which is intended to create a simple, “magic moment” that users can appreciate every day.
Made in an edition of 50, record label Ghostly’s collaborative headphones with Kawasaki, Japan-based Phonon emphasize the next-generation audio company’s dynamic, high-quality sound experience. Phonon says that the 4400 model is their most user-friendly—which is foldable and lightweight but powerful. Ghostly’s spooky branding can be found on both ears, too.
Best known for their footwear, ONE432 shares half of their net profits with the women artisans they work with as well as supporting various schools. As well as their handmade, symmetrical shoes based on a 400-year-old craft, they also make gorgeous homeware. One such piece is this handloom woven pillow case, made from 100% recycled 60/40 cotton and embroidered with hand-twisted thread and beading. The resulting design is a lush but tasteful take on camouflage.
A collaboration between Downtown 4 Democracy (D4D) and the Haas Brothers (aka siblings Simon and Nikolai Haas), this T-shirt features the artistic duo’s kooky flair along with a serious message: “THE FUTURE IS IN OUR HANDS. VOTE.” Proceeds from the sales of the garment help to fund Downtown 4 Democracy, a 17-year-old creative-founded political action committee. The organization raises awareness concerning the importance of voting and places ads in swing states and districts. In the 2018-2019 fiscal calendar, they donated more than $235,000 to Planned Parenthood, Black Votes Matter, RAICES and other important initiatives to help with campaigns encouraging voter turnout. In the months prior to the 2020 election (in states like Pennsylvania, Michigan, Ohio) D4D plans to raise their budget by $15,000 with the hope of drawing more than 35,000 people to the polls.
20 years ago, Kelis released her game-changing debut record Kaleidoscope—an album that synthesized countless genres and dismissed all rules of R&B and pop music. With cosmic sound effects and Middle Eastern influences (among others), the production was done by The Neptunes, while Kelis bounced from rich, smoky jazzy vocals on one track, to whispering on another, and wailing and screaming on the next. This limited edition orange vinyl version of Kaleidoscope features four alternative versions of “Get Along With You” and the radical “Caught Out There.”
To Survive on This Shore: Photographs and Interviews with Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Older Adults by photographer Jess T Dugan and social worker Vanessa Fabbre comprises 65 tender portraits and accompanying interviews conducted over five years. A roving exhibition (Vision 2020: Jess T Dugan is currently showing at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, the artist’s first solo exhibition in a major museum) in addition to the book, the duo’s collaborative project was born from a quest to tell these very personal stories with accuracy, depth and honor. “Representations of older transgender people are nearly absent from our culture and those that do exist are often one-dimensional,” reads the book’s summary. The individuals represented within the pages span generations, race, ethnicities, backgrounds and experiences, but are united. Insightful and inspiring, these stories speak to the importance of identity. As Duchess Milan says in her interview, “I just know I’m me… I know who I am, and what other people think about me is none of my business. So that’s who I am. I identify as the Duchess.”
Run by mother-daughter duo Molly and Mary Ann Mathias, Magic Hour offers an assortment of sweet, handmade ceramic tripods. When ordering, you can view the suite of selections on the product page but the one you’ll get remains a surprise unless specifically requested otherwise. The two-by-two-inch pieces range in color, pattern and texture, but all perform the same function: storage for something like salt in the kitchen or delicate jewelry in the bedroom.