Alex Prager

Los Angeles as muse in the pulp-inspired work of a budding photographer

A young blonde woman holds up her hands against the frantic flapping of grey pigeons encircling her. Another female character, this one in a red skirt, floats listlessly in a dark pool of blue water, her discarded pair of yellow heels resting nearby. Invoking intrigue and suspense with her luridly-colored dramas, photographer ingénue Alex Prager depicts the fissures of deception through retro Americana scenarios that …

Ivy Ross

A designer, artist, marketer and cultural catalyst finds inspiration in sound and pattern

In a corporate world of sales and strategies, marketing maverick Ivy Ross opts instead to chart success with an approach that has pioneered paradigm shifts in advertising. From spearheading covert creative operations for Mattel to stirring up merchandising mojo for Gap’s iconic ‘Black Magic, Black Pants’ ad campaign, Ross fuels concepts through ‘mental grazing’; a term coined by Ross to describe a creative diet of …

Maarten Baas

The Dutch design wunderkind on putting the human touch to design

Dutch designer Maarten Baas deals in the unexpected. “Beauty and ugliness is something that I find interesting,” Baas explains. “I have the feeling that our sense for beauty isn’t so pure anymore. I sometimes try to shake up the way we see things, to kind of ‘reset’ it.” His famous series “Hey, chair, be a bookshelf!” repurposes items from second-hand stores into seemingly precarious arrangements, …