Keap + Object_ify 139 Matchbox Set

Inspired by early 20th century Japanese labels, it's small-scale functional art

Brooklyn-based studio Keap, the B Corp making affordable scented candles, is dabbling in a new candle-related side project: handmade matchboxes inspired by vintage Japanese labels from the 1920s to 1940s. Made in collaboration with Lower East Side art store Object_ify 139, each box is silk-screened with Keap art director’s Dan Abary drawings then hand-assembled. As a set, the five different matchboxes read out the very …

Muller van Severen at Matter NYC

The Belgian design house makes its US debut with a collection that straddles the line between sculpture and homeware

Belgian design team Muller van Severen is a paragon of creative conspiracy. What started out in 2011 as a simple experiment in co-creation between married visual artists Fien Muller and Hannes van Severen resulted in a critically acclaimed collection of furniture that straddles the line between sculpture and functional homeware—though neither Muller nor van Severen were trained furniture designers. “The decision to start making ‘furniture …

Iván Navarro Eclipse Clock for the PK Shop

The New York-based artist discusses his latest sculpture, which blurs the abstract and functional

An admirer of technology in all its forms, Chilean artist Ivn Navarro struggles with the idea of being pigeonholed. Best known for his thought-provoking light-based sculptures, Navarro challenges himself to constantly evolve his practice so as to surprise rather than pander to his eager audience. His latest project, an illuminated clock made exclusively for Paul Kasmins PK Shop, is no exception. As the first edition …