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.
From Sparnicht Ceramics, this Not Stoked mug is the result of a collaboration between Michelle Sparnicht and artist Tamiko Sidore. The cheerful lettering and colors don’t quite match the message, balancing perfectly for those mornings that feel off-kilter. Available as a 14-ounce mug or a two-ounce espresso cup, these ceramic vessels are not safe for the dishwasher, but can be used in the microwave.
Streicher Goods founder Ethan Streicher produces one-off ceramic objects that vary in function—be that lighting, storage or decoration—and he purposefully never produces the same one twice (unless you request a custom order, which he accepts year-round). This particular design, called the Faux Raku Vase, was supposed to be an orange and white, creamsicle-like hue. The closure of his communal studio and a few accidents in the kiln produced this burnt, brown and black (and slightly orange) vase, which he likens to the traditional Japanese Raku method. Handmade by Streicher in Brooklyn, the Faux Raku vase stands five inches wide and nine inches tall.
In a bold, limited edition colorway, Dangle Supply’s collaborative Blaze Orange Titanium DangleBong Water Pipe was imagined in partnership with the design-forward outdoor publication Field Mag. That bright orange represents durable powdercoat finishing atop the sturdy but lightweight aerospace-grade titanium, making this a tool that’s easy to transport and use outside. The purchase of each bong comes complete with one 50/50 hemp-cotton blend Blaze Beanie. Of greatest importance, 10% of the proceeds from this collaboration go to the Last Prisoner Project, a non-profit organization working to decriminalize cannabis and free prisoners of color who have been disproportionately served unjust sentences for nonviolent cannabis offenses.
Nike’s new ACG Mt Fuji collection features plenty of wind- and water-resistant garments and accessories inspired by the Japanese mountain’s terrain. A lava-like camouflage print covers these durable overall shorts and a woven, retro Nike ACG patch adds a pop of color. This piece is meant to match the rest of the collection, which includes a poncho, sneakers, sandals and a vest. The full collection is available today at Nike’s online store. Price is in Euros.
Commemorating the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in the UK, this “Suffragette City” teapot is made by Plinth in collaboration with the Mayor of London and Bella Freud. Made from fine bone china, its gold rims mean it’s not dishwasher-safe. More importantly, a portion of the proceeds go to the Fawcett Society, which works for gender equality and women’s rights. Price is in Pounds.