Ted Lott Retrofits Vintage Furniture and Suitcases with Stark, Miniature Dwellings

For Ted Lott, the distinction between a shelter and a home is endlessly fascinating. Using vintage furniture as the foundation, the Grand Rapids-based artist and designer (previously) outfits common domestic objects with bare-bones models of houses, apartments, and other living spaces. His architectural additions are often minimal and pared back …...Read More

A 5-Year-Old's Drawing of a Bird Nest Became an Enormous Beacon of Light Above an Estonian Port

Soaring above Noblessner Port in Tallinn, Estonia, three enormous eggs rest inside a woven nest. The project of design studio Velvet in collaboration with UN-LIKE, the glowing work perches atop a former mast and was inspired by a 5-year-old’s sketch. Stina Onemar was aboard a ferry to Hiiumaa Island with …...Read More

Megan Bogonovich’s Exuberant Ceramic Sculptures Find Joy in Coexistence

Protruding in a meandering fashion like tree branches or the sprawling overgrowth of flowering vines, the flamboyant botanical sculptures that sprout from Megan Bogonovich’s Norwich studio capture the wondrous moments of when “bucolic tips over into batty.” Her workspace is tucked in a wooded area, leaving Bogonovich constantly surrounded by …...Read More

Kirsty Elson Transforms Driftwood and Detritus into Whimsical Animal Sculptures

For Kirsty Elson, a sliver of driftwood or a scrap of metal is more than just a piece of detritus or trash. She sees a sleepy goat in some old nails and hunks of worn timber or a docile and curious donkey from rusty rods and brush bristles. Elson has …...Read More

One Scientist Painstakingly Establishes a Chronology for More than 100 Surviving Prints of 'The Great Wave' by Hokusai

 Capucine Korenberg, a scientist at The British Museum, is a big fan of ukiyo-e artist Hokusai, who lived during the Edo period in Japan. Hokusai is best known for a series of woodblock prints titled Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji, which includes his iconic “The Great Wave off Kanagawa.” …...Read More

The Milky Way Photographer of the Year Contest Celebrates the Dazzling Band of Light in Our Skies

Whether seen from the craggy mountain landscapes of New Zealand or the vast, arid expanses of the Atacama Desert, the Milky Way is a brilliant band of light that glitters in the night sky above every spot on Earth. A photo contest devoted to our galaxy celebrates the diverse, dazzling …...Read More

A Remarkable Typeface Resurfaces from the Thames After Being Dumped in the River More than a Century Ago

In 18th- and 19th-century London, the term mudlark was coined to describe someone who scavenged river banks for valuable items. Today, metal detectors aid in the continuing pastime—which now requires a permit—and every once in a while, a modern-day mudlark dredges up a striking discovery. Ten years ago, for type …...Read More

Salvaged Scraps of Wood Nest Together in Richard Haining's Elegant Curved Vessels

In the late aughts, Richard Haining began salvaging leftover wood. While working for a set design company, he realized that the sizable waste generated was also an untapped opportunity for his personal projects. “What I did not have in the way of disposable income, I did have in the way …...Read More

Fare Meets Function in Eléonore Joulin's Gourmet Ceramic Lamps and Vases

Eléonore Joulin casts humble foods in a fresh light with her gastronomic collection of ceramic goods. From her studio in Brussels, the artist layers crinkled cabbage leaves into a vegetal dwelling and twists a long sausage into a sculptural, worm-like shape. She outfits many forms with a bulb and cord, …...Read More

In 'The Order of Things,' Wim Delvoye's Playful Installations Reimagine a Museum's Historical Collection

In 1802, Italian sculptor Antonio Canova produced a marble sculpture known as “Venus Italica,” notably commissioned by Napoléon Bonaparte and intended to replace another Venus statue at the Louvre in Paris. Among numerous other historic statues and artifacts at the Museum of Art and History in Geneva, the “Venus Italica” …...Read More