Within City Hall: Masterpieces of American Civic Architecture, photographer Arthur Drooker presents expressive, exacting imagery of the administrative hubs of various local governments. The chronological chronicle travels from the early 19th century to today—representing the wonders of Buffalo, Boston and beyond while showcasing styles that range from Federalist to modern. The book includes a foreword by historian Douglas Brinkley, and mayors (current and former) offer stories to accompany Drooker’s images.
“Why should I correct my mistakes when all of the innovation exists in the mistake?” This kind of rebellious thinking makes Paula Scher’s work feel fresh yet instantly recognizable, evidenced best in her forthcoming book, 25 Years at the Public, A Love Story. The artist, designer and Pentagram partner has been developing the visual language for the non-profit theater group for more than two decades, from its wood type-inspired identity to more than 150 posters—many of which weren’t displayed outside the venue. This graphic-heavy tome chronicles her creative output and “love story” behind it all (firings, re-hirings and redesigns) for the in-depth history of this radical New York institution that’s as inspiring as the performances there.
Designed by Australian artist Beci Orpin, this “Don’t Lose Heart” puzzle features her much-shared artwork, covered in optimistic, thoughtful and tender messages. Printed on 100% recycled paper stock, the jigsaw comprises 32 large pieces, making it perfect for kids. Third Drawer Down includes a poster of the design with each purchase, and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to Greenpeace—furthering the positive vibes.
Made in collaboration with cannabis publication Broccoli Magazine, Goldleaf’s pretty ikebana prints embed the marijuana leaf subtly in larger, delicate floral arrangements by Amy Merrick. Printed on thick, uncoated archival paper, this print comes in one size (18 by 24 inches) and in three iterations: print only, print in walnut hanging rails, and print in maple hanging rails. Best of all, Goldleaf actively supports (financially and through word of mouth) the Project Sanctuary and the Last Prisoner Project.
Once a limited release from TASCHEN, Peter Beard’s “gesamtkunstwerk” (a German word that translates to art assembled from multiple mediums, much like collage) returns. Within the 770-page hardcover, the pioneering artist’s photography interacts with personal writing and doodle-like drawings. Edited by Nejma Beard and David Fahey, with additional text by Owen Edwards and Steven M.L. Aronson, the tome grants access to Beard’s impassioned, international perspective—one that made him a beloved collaborator to other pioneers, from Dalí and Warhol to Truman Capote, Isak Dinesen and the Rolling Stones.
Independent magazine Orange Crush marries art and the sport of wrestling through written and visual storytelling. Volume #1 features pieces on “The Bad Boy” Joey Janela, painter Carroll Dunham, writer Alissa Bennett, Mexican luchador Mil Mascaras, and more. While professional wrestling and fine art may be an unexpected pairing, the sport’s reliance on art through masks, costumes, props and stage design places it in an ideal position for creative interpretation and experimentation.
Designer Sir Paul Smith’s third collaboration with historic Swiss writing and drawing implement maker Caran d’Ache includes this limited edition set of eight Supracolor Soft water-soluble colored pencils. Smith selected the eight bright and cheerful original colors and dressed their portable metal case in his iconic stripes. Made from cedar wood, the brand’s Supracolor Soft water-soluble colored pencils can be used for drawing or watercoloring or wash drawing.
From the Pulitzer Prize-winning senior art critic for New York Magazine (and social media user extraordinaire), Jerry Saltz, How to Be an Artist dispenses practical wisdom, inspiration, humor and honesty to nourish the artist in all of us. For those already taken by Saltz’s passionate criticism and witty storytelling—as well as those looking to persevere in creative professions—the book will prove to be a beautiful resource.
From Method’s Women in Design Limited Edition Collection, made in partnership with the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, this Orange Slice Foaming Hand Wash pairs refreshing citrus scents with a sunny pattern from Barbara White. The artist’s “Cosmic Waves,” from which the soap vessel print was drawn, is a part of Cooper Hewitt’s permanent collection. The collection also features the work of Marguerita Mergentime and Ilonka Karasz.
The brainchild of Alice Murray (Pentagram) and Lauren Priestley (Redwood), the Lost Time print acknowledges and protests the gender pay gap. In the UK—where Murray and Priestley are based—the gap is 17.3% which means women essentially work 63 unpaid days per year. The large-format, limited edition prints depicts these “lost” days, with calendar dates missing to indicate that, until 4 March, women in the UK have been working for free. The B1-size poster is available in an edition of 500, and all proceeds will be donated to non-profits that work toward gender equality within creative industries. There’s also the option to buy one and have another anonymously sent to your CEO. Price is in Pounds.
Bright, juicy and delightfully off-kilter, Egle Zvirblyte’s work often celebrates bold women—naked, strutting and dancing. This limited edition print, called “Hypnotic Dance,” depicts a blue-haired woman in four moments of movement. Printed with fade-resistant inks on 308gsm acid-free Hahnemuhle German etching paper, this piece undoubtedly inspires joy in its viewer. Price is in Pounds.
Made in collaboration with LA-based sculptor Bradley Duncan, Koio’s newest sneaker release comes in an all-natural leather hue accompanied by leather laces, a translucent outsole, and a sculptural adornment on the tongue. “His refined expressions demonstrate the enormous strength of both minimalist tradition and time-honored craftsmanship,” the brand explains of Duncan’s work in relation to the sneaker’s overall appearance. The lines formed here are clean and crisp, and the shoe appears unexpectedly unique from all four of its most prominent angles—front, sides, back, and from above.
Made in collaboration with the Moscow Design Museum, Alexandra Sankova’s Soviet Space Graphics: Cosmic Visions From the USSR (out 1 April on Phaidon) chronicles the Cold War-era graphics that accompanied ambitious plans for outer space exploration—most notably the race to the moon. While some images were pulled from popular-science magazines, others take creative liberty in depicting extraterrestrial visits, life found outside of our solar system, and the lofty infrastructure we’d need to inhabit Mars. At 267 pages, this book services both the design-minded and the space-obsessed.
Though the late Keith Haring’s work adorns everything from T-shirts and desk objects to posters and plates, a first-ever for the licensing foundation comes in the form of a glass pipe featuring his iconic motifs. The accessory launched as part of a larger collection of smoking tools and trinkets—which includes lighters, a pair of trays, bubblers, and spoons. This black-and-white iteration of the water pipe features a band of Haring’s work at its stem, a removable diffused downstem, an ice catcher and splash guard, a fat lipped mouthpiece, and a body crafted from thick borosilicate glass. Not only is this authorized artist merchandise but it’s also one of the most well-made glass water pipes available at this price point.
From Honor The Gift’s Art Department collection, these painter shorts reference the range’s tagline “Don’t Mind the Mess” as the heavyweight duck canvas is decorated with custom, hand-treated splashes of paint. The shorts sit above the knee, feature custom hardware, and are intended to match a splattered kimono-style top. The brand was founded by Russell Westbrook (NBA player for the Houston Rockets) and has a playful, DIY approach that’s reminiscent of Westbrook’s on-court attitude.
This special collaboration between Parisian perfume brand Ex Nihilo and LA-based visual artist Reine Paradis is a reimagining of the glorious “Lust in Paradise” fragrance. Each 100ml bottle of the refreshing, radiant perfume comes in bold, limited edition packaging, along with a signed and numbered A4 print from the artist’s 2019 series called Midnight. The perfume’s notes include white peony, lychee and solar blossom, balanced by pink pepper and woody undertones. This lovely set is limited to 10 pieces. Price is in Euros.