CanDid Art owner and designer Candice Cox’s original designs appear on the brand’s Sunset Under The Rainbow Quilt, which doubles as hangable wall art. Measuring 45 by 50 inches, the 100% cotton quilt has been crafted by local Oakland, California artisans. On one side, eight half-circle motifs appear and on the reverse side, an orange backdrop plays host to a pattern of lines and dots. This “Grandma-worthy” quilt will arrive two to three weeks after ordering, and has been pre-washed.
Originally published in 2005, Beautiful Losers: Contemporary Art and Street Culture remains useful and inspiring for fans of art, skateboarding, graffiti, street style and independent music—and all of the artists born from these subcultures. Inside the book, you’ll find work by and features on Raymond Pettibon, Margaret Kilgallen, Barry McGee, Cynthia Connolly, Geoff McFetridge and many more. Throughout the 288 pages, there are hundreds of color and black and white illustrations and words by a dozen talented writers and gallerists.
For concrete plans as well as loftier goals, the Dada Daily Weekly Monthly Planner from the MCA Chicago Store is black and white, and Dadaism-inspired. Spiral-bound, it features two pockets to keep loose papers and notes safe. It has been printed on tree-free paper.
Vanessa Lilak’s bold, colorful illustrations span subject matter, but her postcards all depict couples performing sex acts in various public (sometimes humorous) locations—from a foot clinic at a strip mall to the behemoth Scientology Center in Hollywood. A graphic designer at Capitol Records and a freelance artist, Lilak creates playful works, often drenched in irreverence.
For their latest Vans collaboration, MoMA worked closely with multi-disciplinary artist Faith Ringgold to create a bold all-over print. One sneaker displays a collage-style take on Ringgold’s “Woman Free Yourself” (1971) while the other represents “Woman Freedom Now” (1971), pieces that are both a part of Ringgold’s larger collection of Black feminist protest posters from the era. The former educator (whose art spans quilts, painting, sculpture, collage and performance) has many works in the MoMA collection, some of which are available to view online.
With variations shot in Japan, 16th arrondissement of Paris and San Marino on an iPhone, Sean Brown’s 500-piece puzzles capture the energy of their respective locations through the creative director, designer and photographer’s thoughtful lens. Each puzzle is composed of sturdy cardboard with both lamination and a glossy finish. It’s a transportive adventure from the comfort of a living room.
Manufactured by Queensland, Australia-based company Little Building Co (LBC), this 1:500 scale model of the Solomon R Guggenheim Museum will tantalize architecture and art fans alike—though one should be careful with the kit’s small pieces around children. Inside, there are all of the necessary elements to build the model, but LBC asks that you furnish your own high-quality PVA wood glue, which can be found at any hardware or craft store. A feat of building technology at the time of its construction, Frank Lloyd Wright’s vision for the museum features several clashing structures, yet they remained cohesive under his creative direction. With this set, and a bit of spare time, you can recreate a classic. Price is in AUD.
Inspired by the Dada art movement, Dada Daily purveys everything from home accessories to guilt-free snacks—always intending to challenge the status quo and revel in a little opulence. The brand’s Vegan Milk Chocolate Elderberry Boob Truffles are also free of gluten, dairy and refined sugars. Creamy, decadent and playful, they come in a beautifully designed box of six. Additionally, each purchase results in a donation to the Carriage House Birth scholarship fund.
This Enzo Mari-designed calendar is from the early ’60s (when it was created for Danese Milano) and is a timeless example of forward-thinking design. With bold red and white lithographed PVC cards, it’s retro, but not kitsch and will look striking in your office, kitchen or studio space.
Featuring an illustration by Julius Klinger created for Hollerbaum und Schmidt (Germany’s leading poster printing company in the early 20th century), this 12-piece puzzle depicts portraits of Klinger and his colleagues as cacti. Made by Poster House, the puzzle measures eight by 10 inches.
Banana magazine provides a platform for the diverse voices defining contemporary Asian culture. Dynamic, design-forward and incredibly vibrant, the publication (born in NYC’s Chinatown) is now on its sixth issue, which includes a conversation between singer/songwriter Yuna and actor Michele Selene Ang, profiles on comedians, features on breakfast, a photo essay and a cover story by SAITEMISS.
Featuring a playful illustration by London-based artist Tess Smith-Roberts, this 1000-piece puzzle is made from 100% recycled paper and features a soft-matte print for no-glare fun. It’s exclusive to Whiled (founded by Alisha Ramos) which is donating $1 from all sales to The Black Schoolhouse. For the artwork, Smith-Roberts was inspired by prolific children’s book author Richard Scarry who conjures up bustling worlds. In her homage, Smith-Roberts creates a neighborhood where sweet characters can be seen enjoying everyday activities—together and solo.
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.
From TASCHEN’s new Library of Esoterica (a series of books that traces the ways artists have explored mysticism for centuries) comes the first title, Divine Decks: A Visual History of Tarot. Author Jessica Hundley delves into the meanings behind 500+ cards, analyzes artworks and explores tarot’s immense and enduring influence—from medieval era to contemporary culture. Beautifully designed by LA-based studio Thunderwing, and with an essay by artist, tarot reader and metaphysical teacher Marcella Kroll, this book will appeal to tarot experts, history nerds, art enthusiasts and counterculture connoisseurs.
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.
The eponymous tattooing kit from Handpoke Tattoo Co (HTC) comes with all of the essentials for one hand-poke session (aka one to three tattoos on one person): a 3D-printed needle grip, step-by-step instructions illustrated by HTC’s founding team, sterilization tools, three needles (bold, medium and fine), a sheet of custom flash tattoos and a tray to store these items on. Tested and tweaked by a team of tattoo artists and designers, this kit aims to cover all the bases—making it manageable for beginners and a welcome toy for tattoo experts.