Rory Dobner

The imaginative mind behind fantastical ink portraits and more

Smoking fish, gun-toting octopuses, cupcake-eating lizards—these are just a few of the anthropomorphic animals portrayed in the intricate ink drawings by the eccentric British artist Rory Dobner. His ingenuous penchant for animals and maximalist approach to art come together in a series of wildly imaginative characters easily adored by children and adults alike. The industrious artist, now represented by Opera Gallery, also lends his talents …

Chick-a-Dee Smoke Detector

A playful alternative to this home necessity

While navigating the endless maze at the 2012 NY International Gift Fair, we came across this playful take on a home essential, the smoke detector. The Chick-a-Dee is, simply put, a smoke detector shaped like a bird; it brings a bit of life to a device designed to protect it. As the winner of the Mooi uit de brand design competition, the Chick-a-Dee previously sold …

The Thing Quarterly: Issue 16

An epistolary shower curtain from author Dave Eggers

For their upcoming issue, The Thing Quarterly reached out to literary and cultural icon Dave Eggers of McSweeney‘s and 826 Valencia. The collaboration announced today that the next shipment of quarterly objects will contain an epistolary shower curtain with a message inscribed to the person showering. Partnering with couture Parisian shower curtain manufacturer Izola, The Thing and Eggers aim to liven quotidian demands with a …