2015

Spotlight: Doug Johnston

Spotlight: Doug Johnston

Doug Johnston‘s work includes art, design, architecture and music, utilizing and exploring a variety of mediums and methods such as installation, fiber art, sculpture, photography,…

Spotlight: FriendsWithYou

Spotlight: FriendsWithYou

FriendsWithYou is the fine art collaborative of Samuel Borkson and Arturo Sandovall III, working collectively since 2002 with the sole purpose of spreading the positive message of Magic,…

Spotlight: Jonathan Nesci

Spotlight: Jonathan Nesci

Jonathan Nesci is an industrial designer based in Columbus, IN. He started designing furniture more than a decade ago. His interest in design and its history…

Spotlight: Francesca Gavin

Spotlight: Francesca Gavin

Francesca Gavin is a curator and writer based between London and Berlin. She is the curator of the Soho House collection internationally, with houses from Istanbul…

Spotlight: PUTPUT

Spotlight: PUTPUT

PUTPUT is the visual and conceptual meeting of two minds, Stephan Friedli (CH) and Ulrik Martin Larsen (DK), a collaboration in thought and practice. Established in…

Spotlight: Kaktus København

Spotlight: Kaktus København

Kaktus København is Denmark’s first concept store focusing on cacti and succulents. Started by Maja Samsoe Bastian, Gro Samsoe Bastian and Cecilie Krawack, the store…

Spotlight: Yu Ito

Spotlight: Yu Ito

Yu Ito was born in Tokyo in 1983 and grew up in a family of artists and designers. In 2003, he moved to California where he…

Spotlight: Chances Dances

Spotlight: Chances Dances

Chances Dances begun in 2005 as an inclusive, welcoming, and alternative queer dance party. It’s a collective of artists, activists, DJs, and educators who organize parties, build…

Spotlight: Sac Magique

Spotlight: Sac Magique

Sac Magique is a British illustrator and printmaker living in self-imposed exile in Helsinki, Finland. He’s interested in junk food, abstract art, nudity and ugly…

Spotlight: Steven Haulenbeek

Spotlight: Steven Haulenbeek

Steven Haulenbeek is a Chicago based industrial designer and artist working in the fields of furniture, lighting, accessories, and objects for the home. He holds a…

Spotlight: Object_ify 139

Spotlight: Object_ify 139

Object_ify 139 is an art and object store located in New York City. The prints, books, accessories, and sculptures for sale there are made almost entirely…

Spotlight: TOOOLS

Spotlight: TOOOLS

TOOOLS is a new company with an old ethos: form & function, created by Caroline Hwang & Joel Speasmaker, two veterans of the contemporary art and design community.…

Spotlight: Bryce Wilner

Spotlight: Bryce Wilner

Bryce Wilner is a designer in the Design, Publishing, and New Media department at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. Tell us a little bit about…

Spotlight: Ryan O’Connell

Spotlight: Ryan O’Connell

Ryan O’Connell has written for Thought Catalog, Vice, Medium, and The New York Times. He wrote a book called I’m Special that’s being developed into a TV…

Spotlight: Camp Wandawega

Spotlight: Camp Wandawega

Camp Wandawega is a private, old-school campsite run by David Hernandez and Tereasa Surratt in Elkhorn, Wisconsin. Tell us a little bit about yourself and what you…

Spotlight: Quinn Keaveney

Spotlight: Quinn Keaveney

Quinn Keaveney is a developer and type designer who lives in Vancouver. Tell us a little bit about yourself and what you do. I work for a…

Spotlight: Alexa Viscius

Spotlight: Alexa Viscius

Alexa Viscius is a visual artist/designer living in Chicago. She has been working for Plural since she graduated with a BFA from University of Illinois at Chicago in 2011. Tell us a…

Spotlight: James T. Green

Spotlight: James T. Green

James T. Green is a designer by trade and an artist by practice — making work that explores identity through new media, writing, object-making, and…

Spotlight: Stefan Rurak

Spotlight: Stefan Rurak

Stefan Rurak faked his own death on the French Riviera, renovated gilded-age hotels in Poland, and was questioned by the FBI over a misunderstood piece…

Spotlight: Rick Valicenti

Spotlight: Rick Valicenti

Rick Valicenti is the founder and design director of Thirst, a communication design practice providing design and immersive environments for high profile clients in the…

Spotlight: RISOTTO

Spotlight: RISOTTO

RISOTTO is a risograph print studio, directed by designer Gabriella Marcella. The studio is the primary riso specialist in Scotland, working across print promotion, publications…

Spotlight: Slava Mogutin

Spotlight: Slava Mogutin

Slava Mogutin is a Siberian-born artist, writer and filmmaker exiled from Russia for his outspoken queer writings and activism. A third-generation writer and self-taught journalist…

Spotlight: Cody Hudson

Spotlight: Cody Hudson

Cody Hudson is a Chicago-based artist, also known for his graphic design contributions under the name Struggle Inc. His graphic work and paintings have been exhibited…

Spotlight: Amateurs

Spotlight: Amateurs

Amateurs was founded by Jin Angdoo Lee and Mathieu Julien, a happy couple based in Paris. They are lovers of new discoveries and endless artistic possibilities.…

Spotlight: Marble Basics

Spotlight: Marble Basics

Marble Basics is a sister design duo based in Melbourne. An adoration of Marble inspires the transformation from everyday objects into marble-ised showpieces. Their dedication to Marble, a…

Spotlight: Tony Karman

Spotlight: Tony Karman

Tony Karman lives and works in Chicago where he is the President and Director of EXPO CHICAGO. How long have you lived in Chicago and what…

Spotlight: Craig & Karl

Spotlight: Craig & Karl

Craig & Karl, otherwise known as Craig Redman and Karl Maier, live in different parts of the world (New York & London) but collaborate daily…

Spotlight: Peter Shire

Spotlight: Peter Shire

Peter Shire’s overt dismissal of being defined by a label clearly acknowledges his concern with opening an aesthetic dialogue free of preconceived norms and ideas. Rejecting the…

Spotlight: Snarkitecture

Spotlight: Snarkitecture

Snarkitecture is a collaborative and experimental practice operating in territories between art and architecture. The name is drawn from Lewis Carroll’s The Hunting of The Snark,…

Spotlight: Michael Burk

Spotlight: Michael Burk

Michael Burk is a photographer and image-maker based in Brooklyn, NY. Tell us a little bit about yourself and what you do. I’m a photographer and…

Spotlight: Fitzsu

Spotlight: Fitzsu

Fitzsu is a Los Angeles-based company started by Su Sazama and Fitz, a married couple passionate about modern design, contemporary art, architecture, and gourmet food…

Spotlight: Robert Blumenthal

Spotlight: Robert Blumenthal

Robert Blumenthal is an art collector and gallerist based in New York. Tell us a little bit about yourself and what you do. I am a…

Spotlight: Emily Haasch

Spotlight: Emily Haasch

Emily Haasch is a designer, artist, and tiny human. She physically resides in Chicago, Illinois, USA, North America, Earth. Her thoughts digitally reside on Twitter. With…

Spotlight: Ioannis Sochorakis

Spotlight: Ioannis Sochorakis

Ioannis Sochorakis is a production designer with an architectural background, who earned his Master of Design for Stage and Film at Tisch School of the Arts in New York City.…

Spotlight: LaSelva

Spotlight: LaSelva

LaSelva is a product design studio based in Valencia and Mexico City. Tell us a little bit about yourself and what you do. We are Manuel…

Spotlight: Bouffant Bouffant

Spotlight: Bouffant Bouffant

Bouffant Bouffant is a self proclaimed design/party machine based in New Orleans, Louisiana. With titles slipping between DJ, promoter, designer, and artist Bouffant Bouffant organizes…

Spotlight: Draw Down

Spotlight: Draw Down

Draw Down is an independent publisher located in the northeastern corner of the United States. Created in 2012, Draw Down publishes small books about photography,…

Spotlight: Atelier Bingo

Spotlight: Atelier Bingo

Atelier Bingo is Maxime Prou & Adèle Favreau, two illustrator/surface pattern & graphic designer from France. They love to experiment with screen printing and other graphic techniques to…

Spotlight: Print All Over Me

Spotlight: Print All Over Me

Print All Over Me is an online platform for real-world collaboration and creation. We (Jesse and Meredith Finkelstein) provide the tools that allow anyone to create,…

Spotlight: Those People

Spotlight: Those People

Those People (Ben Sanders, Josh Schaedel, and a rotating group of various friends) is an art collective in Los Angeles that is preoccupied with the design and production…

Spotlight: Unison

Spotlight: Unison

Unison is a Chicago-based company that designs and sells modern home fashions, specializing in textiles and soft goods distinguished by bold color, unique pattern, and timeless…

Spotlight: Berger & Föhr

Spotlight: Berger & Föhr

Berger & Föhr is a graphic design and art studio based in Boulder, Colorado. The studio practices contemporary visual communication, informed by the past —…

Spotlight: No.

Spotlight: No.

­ No. is run by Romy Northover, artist and ceramicist. Romy holds a BA in Fine Art from Goldsmiths, University of London and has spent time…

2014

Spotlight: Stephen Kenn

Spotlight: Stephen Kenn

Stephen Kenn is a company Stephen Kenn founded with his wife Beks Opperman in 2011. All his design projects begin with a personal curiosity about a material,…

Spotlight: Mmuseumm

Spotlight: Mmuseumm

Mmuseumm is a modern natural history museum—devoted to the curation and exhibition of contemporary artifacts that illustrate the complexities of the modern world. Interview answered…

Spotlight: Ria Roberts

Spotlight: Ria Roberts

Ria Roberts is a graphic designer based in New Haven, CT, currently completing her MFA at Yale University. She is founder of Medium Cool, a design fair in Chicago, and…

Spotlight: Letherbee

Spotlight: Letherbee

Letherbee is a Chicago-based distillery. The goal was just to make some good booze. Bartender Brenton Engel was cooking up his own moonshine and the…

Spotlight: Killian Loddo

Spotlight: Killian Loddo

Killian Loddo is from France, a tiny village near saint Etienne. He is fascinated by the magic of pictures, the sexuality and seduction behind images, and…

Spotlight: Assembly

Spotlight: Assembly

Assembly was founded in 2012 by Pete Oyler and Nora Mattingly. Assembly creates high quality objects with a forward-thinking aesthetic. Assembly values art and craft based…

Spotlight: Christopher Schreck

Spotlight: Christopher Schreck

Christopher Schreck is a writer based in New York City. His work has been featured in publications such as Aperture and Kaleidoscope, as well as…