Chicago-based Pete and Gena have started an online housewares shop called, The Works Progress Administration. They sell limited edition art pieces to spruce up your home/ workspace or to get you a much-needed date. I love the Prussian grenades.
Benjamin Edmiston’s compositions are fueled by the creation a familiar but askew world. Using a flat and decorative style, his fantastical settings are inhabited by ominous characters. Planes of floating heads, half-skinned snakes, and bodiless arms are some of his visual vocabulary; recalling the tension of an early, crude Mickey Mouse cartoon – or a misplaced folk sculpture, standing eerily on a dusty shelf. Benjamin lives and works in Brooklyn.
MAGA atelier is a design studio in Lisbon, a collaboration of José Mendes, Luís Alvoeiro and Carlos Guerreiro.
Peggy Wolf grew up in Germany and studied fashion design there, before graduating to work for an art gallery, a trend-consulting company, a freelance illustrator for magazines… and currently, in interior design. She found her true passion for illustration by way fashion; happier not to dress, but rather to draw, paint and collage artfully-clad women, using her strong eye for color, and a bold use of line and juxtaposed texture. On a whim, she moved to London, where she now lives.
Hands-down, my new favorite illustrator, Ricardo Cavolo was born in Salamanca (Spain) and now lives in Madrid. His style is a fantastic mélange of religious art, Russian criminal tattoos, South American flora, nautical themes, and naïve/outsider art. Quite the mix, with a great sense of humor. Be sure to also check out his online diary and Flickr.
Paris-based Julie Rousset does a little of everything, from identities, collateral, typefaces, publications and exhibits. Really digging her refined, clean-yet-playful aesthetic.