While the single-use plastic bag ban in New York (instated 1 March) is undeniably necessary, the bags’ kitsch designs have become synonymous with the city. Graphic designer Sho Shibuya collected more than 200 different types of bags over several years and photographed some of his favorite designs, sharing them with The New York Times. “In treasuring things other people consider trash, Shibuya cites a Shinto belief that every object has a spirit. ‘We believe every single object has a god inside, and that’s why we cherish things. Even a plastic bag, even a cigarette butt,'” he tells them. From smiley faces to banners exclaiming “Thank you!” and purple roses, the familiar bags are similar but varied. Shibuya adds, “there is an informal taxonomy to New York City’s plastic bags, apparent to anyone paying attention.” Read more at The New York Times.
More stories like this one.
Explore the Latest
Keep exploring more content below.
Chef José Andrés Crafts Gastronomic Frozen Yogurt for Alex Israel’s “Snow Beach Frozen Treats” Pop-Up Installation
Inside 1111 Lincoln Road, a flavorful experience orchestrated by The Cultivist marks Capital One's Miami Art Week debut
This new hotel embodies sumptuous Venetian "art de vivre"
A wondrous showcase of form and color at NADA Miami 2023 with LA's Moskowitz Bayse gallery
The designer speaks to us about the Gravity SUV, design challenges and where we’re all headed
Commissioned by Lexus for ICA Miami, a solar-powered sculptural artwork
A nostalgic group exhibition will pop up on the sand at the Miami Beach EDITION
The emerging talent speaks about alternative style, gender roles and what it means to make truthful design
An excellent, affordable amplifier that’s far friendlier for non-audiophiles while still cranking out the brand's powerful, warm signature sound
Our spectacular return to the small Nordic nation