The kitchen gods must be smiling. They know that a hip serving dish or gorgeous goblet can make or break any dinner party. The food and wine served with such pieces can pale when these beauties are placed on a table, whether for a dinner party or romantic night in. Here is new work in tabletop from eight design studios guaranteed to add more than a pinch of gravitas to your cuisine.
What’s almost as delightful as the sound of a child’s laughter? Giving that little one a new toy. While high-tech gadgets that honk and blink abound in toy stores, nothing can substitute for the warm and fuzzy feel of a patchwork teddy bear or handcrafted backpack. Here are examples of new work by artists from seven studios focused on youngsters (and the young at heart).
Very few utilitarian forms have inspired such heights of creativity as the teapot. Although each artist may start out with the same basic shape, the final interpretations almost ensure that no two are alike. Teapots are also a natural collectible. Gathered here is work by eight artists working with teapot forms that you might want to tell your customers about.
Who doesn’t go a little hearts crazy when it comes to Valentine’s Day? And what customer wouldn’t be pleased to find (and take home) a heart-shaped gift from your shop? We’ve rounded up work by seven artists who offer a variety of ways to share the love.
Maybe it’s because of modern society’s tendency to take comfort in the past while marching straightforward into green living, but more and more artists are adapting “folk” expressions in their work. They’re drawing on historical roots—visionary, primitive and tribal art—and using everyday objects in a variety of nontraditional ways.
Spring hasn’t arrived yet, but with the start of a new year, customers have their eyes out for anything that hints at warmer weather to come. Budding flowers, chirping birds, wriggling lizards and snails—whatever helps them put snow and slush firmly out of mind as they scoop up handcrafted harbingers of spring.
Mirrors may produce reflections of images, but they should also reflect individual style. To help replicate every customer’s tastes, we’ve assembled a collection of some of the most beautiful mirrored wall art we could find from seven studios that combine functionality and fun.
A letter by itself can be classic: picture Mary Tyler Moore’s iconic “M.” Grouped together to form an individual’s initials or to spell out a word, pieces featuring letters can be exceedingly customer enticing.