Photo: Courtesy of TransitCenter, Courtesy of Marimekko and WallPops, Jeanette Abbink, Martin Brusewitz
Every two weeks, I’ll collect and share items, creators, news, and events worth knowing about.
Drawing: Jeanette Abbink
Jeanette Abbink, who was the creative director of Remain and American craftsmanship, has collaborated with online gallery Mojave Art on a striking series of minimalist giclée prints inspired by the Southwestern landscape. Think hares, owls and saguaro cacti rendered in a simple color block style inspired by Otl Aicher and Enzo Mari.
Photo: Courtesy of TransitCenter
TransitCenter recently published the first issue of Subtext, a zine that features dispatches from her Women Changing Transportation program. Poems, essays, and reflections by women, women of color, and genderqueer people working in the field offer insight into how this cohort is shaping transportation. Subtext brings to the fore experiences that are often rejected or invalidated, revealing how its contributors feel about the additional responsibilities imposed on them by their identity and the pressure of constantly having to prove themselves. I was particularly struck by Kim Lucas’ reflection on her 20-year career in public transit, which began as a student bus driver at UVA and led her to become a cycling advocate and Acting Director of Pittsburgh’s Department of Mobility and Infrastructure: “More than once I’ve been told ‘Black people don’t ride bikes,’ Lucas writes. “I am forced to reconcile this perspective with the truth that my father, a man born at Freedmen’s Hospital in Washington, DC, and who attended separate schools his entire childhood, taught me to ride a bicycle. What to do with this cognitive dissonance? And how can I use it to change hearts and minds for better mobility options for all communities? The zine is filled with startling musings like this that underscore just how precedent-setting this band is. As Kate Fillin-Yeh, director of strategy at NACTO and designer of New York’s Citibike program, writes: “There’s this recurring line in old movies where the protagonist is saved because ‘the cavalry is coming!’ and it’s both a terrifying and liberating moment when you realize the cavalry isn’t coming and you’re the best you’ve got. The really important thing is to remember that you are going to find out.
An easy way to create design bait is to simply collaborate with Finnish textile company Marimekko on… anything. But this peel and stick wallpaper from WallPops is particularly exciting. (Our friends at Strategist agree.) Florals, once again, are on trend, and wrapping an entire room in the classic Unikko pattern is alluring.
Craft had a moment in design. Swedish brand Hem has launched a new series of collaborations that rely on the maker’s hand, including Jonatan Nilsson’s metal base in lumpy resin-coated foam and Lisa Reiser’s mouth-blown sparkling glass cloud. These limited-edition pieces don’t come cheap, like Martino Gamper’s $579 Sculptural Wall Hook Set; however, it’s exciting to see work that falls somewhere between top-notch design and the same stuff everyone else has on TikTok.
The Tribeca 52 Walker Gallery just opened a lending library (full disclosure: I haven’t visited yet) that’s full of artist, fiction, and theory books. Of course, you can find most of these tomes in a public library (aside from Cassandra Press readers). But by constituting this library, the gallery invites visitors to spend time with the philosophy that underlies its approach and makes the work accessible and more of an exchange of ideas.