Metamorphabets

A mini-retrospective of typographer Viktor Koen's object alphabets

Viktor Koen takes pictures of renaissance rapiers in museum corridors. He hordes images of salmon steaks, microscopes, beheaded dolls and nautilus shells. From the thousands of archived shots, the Greek typographical artist composes unique alphabets from layers of objects. The recently opened show “Metamorphabets” at The Type Director’s Club looks back on five alphabets, numerous commissioned works and other pieces that compose the artist’s production …

Ampersand Gallery

Art, antiques, books and more come together in Portland

Even on a street bustling with galleries and boutiques, Ampersand Gallery stands out. Owner Myles Haselhorst opened the intimate space in Portland, OR in 2008 to create, he says, something that “feels less like a retail store and more like the interior of someone’s home, someone who is a collector of art, books and found artifacts.” Having collected vintage photography for about a decade, Haselhorst …

Union Wood Co.

Found objects and custom pieces with a vintage industrial aesthetic fill a Vancouver storefront

Inspired by the nostalgia of old wooden docks, mills and factories that once thrived in Vancouver, Union Wood Co.‘s recently opened shop in the city’s developing Downtown-Eastside community is a haven for those who covet vintage, repurposed and industrial objects. After a stint working as a garbage collector, Union Wood Co. founder Craig Pearce discovered his love for things that other people discarded. “I would …