Designed by Massimo Vignelli in the ’60s, the Stendig Wall Calendar remains timeless. Combining Helvetica with a classic grid format on alternating black-on-white and white-on-black pages, it measures a substantial three by four feet. It’s printed on high-quality, 160gsm paper, making the leftover pages perfect for reuse as wrapping paper.
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.
With all proceeds benefitting the Women’s Center for Creative Work (WCCW) in LA, Making Art During Fascism by Beth Pickens is part zine and part activity book. Designed and riso printed by WCCW, the 24-page publication is just one of many works available from the community- and creativity-driven hub.
From Third Drawer Down comes a silk eye mask that features a portrait (albeit just the eyes) of brilliant and beloved French-American artist Louise Bourgeois. Best known for her striking large-scale sculptures and installations, Bourgeois suffered from insomnia, and said being asleep was “paradise.” With a striped border (and underside, in case you want a change), the mask’s elastic strap features the phrase “Key to insomnia: peace or trust,” which Bourgeois wrote on the back of one of her Insomnia Drawings—a collection of sketches that she created during her frequent bouts with the sleep disorder.
American artist John O’Hara now offers custom versions of his Vinyl series through Forsyth—the gallery he founded with Maggie and Annie Genovese. O’Hara will adorn a piece with your favorite song or album name, along with the name of the artist. Select anything—be it a classic ballad or an obscure house track. Orders typically take several weeks to make and ship, but a “Rock-n-Roll Option” (for $150) ensures speedy delivery. Forsyth will reach out to field custom requests after purchase.
Vibrant from cover to cover, HAY’s monochrome neon green notebook acts as an inspiration as much as a tool to stowaway thoughts and observations. At 8.25 by 6 inches (with a half-an-inch depth), it’s easy to carry around, too.
From the not-for-profit photo foundation Aperture, Daniel Gordon: Houseplants turns six of the artist’s mesmerizing still life images of houseplants into a six-page pop-up. This limited edition, collectible hardcover book, designed by by Simon Arizpe, celebrates the work of Gordon and the sculptural nature of plants.
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.