This Chicago-based artist is best known for her illustrations, paintings, animations and lately her clay sculptures. In her pieces she explores a positive notion of community and adventure, a sense of playful connection with each other and with the dreamlike surrounding. Her depiction of a relaxed and content woman is so calming and easy to look at, you can't help but smile every time you see her work.
Alex and Matt live a simple slow life in the rural mountains of New Hampshire. They both collaborate in such a beautiful way, it's almost intuitive, and so beautiful to witness. They both have an amazing sense of space and do minimalism right. They design and build essential things for home. Alex is also starting her clothing line. They like the idea of relying on their own hands and nature, trying to make a lot of things they owe.
If you ever doubt that Chicago has great coffee, visit Ryan at Sawada Coffee. His military latte is not only the most visually stunning combination of matcha and espresso, but it also consistently tastes amazing. He creates liquid art in a cup that you'll be reluctant to ruin with a sip.
Elizabeth is a florist and the owner of Asrai Garden - a special gem in Bucktown Chicago that's not your average flower shop. She has a unique talent to combine whimsical, seductive and mystical in an unpretentious way. Her carefully curated shop is always a favorite place to visit.
Ida Falck Øien is one of three fashion designers behind HAiKw/ - Norwegian clothing label based out of Oslo. Their collections relate to the world of fashion as well as art, given their conceptual, research based and highly collaborative approach to every project.
Norma moved from Mexico to Montreal and started her design brand - Cara Carmina. She's managed very quickly to create her own language with her unique characters, using thread and fabric as her favorite illustrative tools. She's best known for her series of one of a kind dolls inspired by Frida Kahlo, with characteristic "bicycle eyes", bursting with vibrant colors and bold patterns.
When you look at Chelli's meticulous creations, it's hard to believe she crafts each one of them by hand at her Chicago studio. Her luxurious leather bags are elegant but edgy, minimal but so rich in beautifully finished details. She's a founder of CHC - a leather goods brand, a giving company, focused on conscious consumerism.