Art + Design in Miami: The Art of Craft

Knitting, knotting, weaving and other handywork from the art and design fairs in Miami

In our second look at the common threads running through Art Basel and its satellite fairs, we shed light on the knitted, knotted, woven and other handywork that elevated traditional craft techniques to an artistic level. While we all were taken by Ambach & Rice Gallery‘s presentation of Ellen Lesperance‘s flattened-out sweater diagrams (covered on Cool Hunting last April), below are ten works new to …

Maison & Objet Fall 2011, Part Three

Six artisans showing the creative side of elegant craftsmanship

Parts one and two of our Maison & Objet coverage looked to the fully materialized innovations in furniture and sustainable design, but one of most inspiring sections of the expo is the area dedicated to arts and craft. In this sector creativity reigns, and each artist’s distinct know-how turns raw materials into unique collectibles, sophisticated jewelry, intriguing lamps and more. Each object tells a story, …

Dringdring

Hand-painted bike bells from a Montreal cyclist now available to all

Since 2005, crafty Canadian Annie Legroulx has been producing hand-painted bike bells from her Montreal studio and shop Dringdring. Her inventive designs—from red-and-white striped candies to rotary phones—recently caught the attention of design shop Kikkerland, who added six styles to their inventory. Like the originals, these designs are painted with solvent-free paints that are as friendly on the environment as they are resistant to its …