Misaki Kawai for Paddle8

Bazoombas and bananas inspire a collection of children's furniture

The childlike work of Japanese artist Misaki Kawai shuns expertise, embracing “heta-uma”, an anime-derived method that risks amateur aesthetics by embracing basic expression. Her approach provides a nice parallel to the world of squirming tikes, who brim with creativity but lack the motor skills of a master painter. Furry animals, banana chairs and whimsical snake benches make up “Love from Mt. Pom Pom“, Kawai’s ongoing …

SymbiosisO: Voxel

Thermochromic interactive grids invade Issey Miyake's Tribeca location

A bright blue interactive installation has taken over the walls of Issey Miyake‘s Tribeca storefront. Composed of grids of hexagonal pads or “voxels”, Symbiosis0: Voxel responds to body heat or “artifacts” left by users who touch its textile surface. Accompanying the physical responsiveness of the piece is a mobile website that enables users to design a pattern that is displayed across the polygons upon submission. …

The Aleatoric Series

Paper engineering set off with abstract painting in a collaboration from Ghostly International

From the record label-meets-art house Ghostly International comes a collaboration between abstract artists Michael Cina and Matt Shlian. The limited edition series contains works on paper that bring together the divergent styles of the two artists, marrying Cina’s colorful abstractions and Shlian’s signature paper engineering to demonstrate the common theme of experimentation in their respective processes. Shlian’s paper pyramids borrows from geometric and biological forms …

Maps

A new body of work by artist Paula Scher takes a subjective look at topography

by Maj Hartov Graphic design heavyweight Paula Scher‘s new book Maps covers her cartographic artwork since the late 1990s. She calls her large-scale paintings “distortions of reality,” as they comment on our world of information overload in a deeply personal way. When she was a child, Scher’s father—who wrote an introductory essay for the book—invented a device called Stereo Templates that helps correct the naturally …

Big Red

Solitary Arts' Geoff McFetridge-designed skateboard now available for a limited time as a deck

Solitary Arts‘ first and most popular skateboard to date, Big Red, is now available for a very limited time as a standalone deck. The board, inspired by a thrift store find in San Francisco years ago, mimics the plastic banana board cruisers of the ’70s, but with a contemporary feel. Made with seven-ply maple and updated with a slight concave and an upturned nose, the …