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The Inaugural Drop of Gantri’s Independent Creator Release

Gantri is at it again with the release of new lighting collaborations from four international independent designers and studios: Bradley L Bowers, Silvia Ceñal, Bambú Studio, and Carlos Jimenez. It’s their biggest yet, and the inaugural release of the Independent Creator Release platform. ICR will be a new way of announcing collaborations, extending Gantri’s mission to empower and...

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The James Webb Telescope Captures Jupiter’s Rings and Brilliant Aurora in Two Stunning Composites

Image courtesy of NASA, ESA, Jupiter ERS Team, processing by Ricardo Hueso (UPV/EHU) and Judy Schmidt It’s been two months since NASA unveiled the first images captured by the exceptionally powerful James Webb Space Telescope, and a pair of new composites taken by the observer’s infrared NIRCam showcase Jupiter’s aurora and unique characteristics in similarly striking detail. Against...

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The Aquatic and Terrestrial Life of Southern California Merges into Hybrid Creatures in Jon Ching’s Paintings

“King Tide.” All images © Jon Ching, courtesy of Beinart Gallery, shared with permission Los Angeles-based artist Jon Ching imagines the fantastic possibilities of melding Earth’s flora and fauna, rendering bizarre creatures with mushroom feathers and striped tulip fins. His latest oil paintings, which are on view this fall in Habitat at Beinart Gallery, extend this interest in...

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ACTOPLUS: The Minimalist Mop and Vacuum Cleaner

Does anyone else remember the completely unique, yet impractical exercise of style over substance known as the Kone? Designed by Karim Rashid for Dirt Devil back in the early 2000s, the handheld vacuum’s primary appeal was its minimalist cone shape. The Kone wasn’t necessarily an ergonomic success, but still had its proponents for its sculptural form, a design...

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In Graham Franciose’s ‘Morning Coffee Paintings,’ Dreamlike Watercolor Works Capture the Day’s Unmediated Emotion

Day 75, “Always There, Always Changing.” All images © Graham Franciose, shared with permission Many days, artist and illustrator Graham Franciose sits down with watercolor, gouache, and a small sheet of cotton paper to paint a whimsical scene or surreal moment. A skateboarder carries a tree in a backpack, an anxious figure peeks through a colorful monster mask,...

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F5: Prasoon Shrivastava On His Hometown, How He Centers Himself + Speed

Prasoon Shrivastava is Founder and CEO of Prasoon Design Studio, a new-age architecture and design firm with headquarters in Dubai and an office in India. With a background in construction and sustainability, Prasoon is an architect, an entrepreneur, and a storyteller. It’s his curiosity that’s guided the firm’s design approach since 2020. Individuals are encouraged to create architectural...

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Beguiling Sculptures by Lana Crooks Fabricate Anatomical Parts from Wool and Silk

All images © Lana Crooks, shared with permission Portland, Oregon-based artist Lana Crooks (previously) juxtaposes the softness of wool and silk with the solid, unyielding surfaces of bones. She stitches hand-dyed textiles into anatomical sculptures adorned with colorful florals or feathers that are both elegant and eerie. Often encased in glass domes, Crooks’s recent skeletal works include a...

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Graceful Women in Shades of Blue by Hanna Lee Joshi Express a Desire for Autonomy

“All That Has Come Before” (2022). All images © Hanna Lee Joshi, shared with permission With long, elegant fingers and brawny limbs, the women that define Hanna Lee Joshi’s gouache and colored pencil works move through the unknown and indiscernible with strength. The Vancouver-based artist renders anonymous figures in motion, whether dancing together or gracefully gliding through water,...

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