• Jan Pieter Fokkens: A Colorful Universe

    Born in the Netherlands in 1979, Jan Pieter Fokkens is part of the last generation to have an analog childhood. His abstract art examines the effects that advancing technologies have had on our understanding of the universe and our place within it. In his work, Fokkens’ hand-paints and draws intricate, color saturated patterns inspired by […]

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  • Patrick Fitzgerald: The Handmade Mechanic

    Born in Grand Rapids, Michigan in 1962, Patrick Fitzgerald grew up in an industrial Midwestern landscape. “It was loud, daunting and dirty,” he says, “yet it possessed a powerful beauty that is still so vivid.” As a child, he scavenged for junk and enjoyed tinkering with mechanical parts. He loved cars: “I always enjoyed the […]

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  • Fashion & Art: A Common Spirit

    We love how the disciplines of art, architecture, music, and fashion overlap and influence one another. When we saw the first work in Cleveland Dean’s Cloth° series, it was a literal bright spot in a long, difficult year. Collectively, we are all seeking vibrancy.  Now, we’re witnessing this on a global scale as we look […]

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  • Design Diary: The Art Center Highland Park

    Just as in-person events begin to return, PAGODA RED founder Betsy Nathan had the pleasure of seeing the current exhibition at The Art Center Highland Park. Follow along with her, as she views the show guided by curiosity and love of ephemeral expression. It was great to visit The Art Center Highland Park and take in artists’ thoughtful perspectives […]

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  • Jim Rose: Ming Simplicity In Steel

    For 33 years, Jim Rose has cultivated the mind of a maker. He’s absorbed the practices of Ming and Shaker furniture makers, not just through study, but through the physical creation of objects that carry their influence. Instead of traditional carved wood, he uses hot-rolled and reclaimed steel — coaxing the material into clean-lined forms. […]

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  • Michael Thompson: Studio Visit

    The work of Chicago-based artist Michael Thompson defies even the most ardent attempts at classification. He’s the kind of creative whose technique, spirit, provocation and form is always cut with a little mischief. A graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, he has been prolific, expressing himself through an array of media, […]

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  • Toyoharu Kii: Master of Modern Mosaics

    A leader in the global craft resurgence, Japan-based artist Toyoharu Kii works with hand-cut Italian marble and smalti, Venetian glass handmade by the same Italian family for over 400 years. Constructed using traditional techniques, his art is nonetheless modern. Kii’s work is monochromatic, abstract, and highly textured — highlighting the intricate process in the often-overlooked art of mosaic […]

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  • Gilty Pleasures: PAGODA RED x the bms.

    Chicago artist Brian Stanziale has mastered the art of working with metal tacks, from making studded t-shirts for friends to creating brass-adorned coffee table books. “I’ve always been a fan of adding metal to things,” he says. “I think I was the only child in grade school that actually wanted braces.” Stylist, designer, and artist, […]

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  • The Enchanted World of Yoko Tanaka

    Whether she’s working with paints or pencils, artist Yoko Tanaka rarely strays from her chosen palette of soft, smoky tones that lend her pieces a hushed, otherworldly quality, and a rich undercurrent of emotion. The somber figures depicted in her works are frequently placed in spare, but fanciful settings, lending them a fabulist, folkloric air. […]

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  • African Metal Work at UCLA’s Fowler Museum

    Inspired by Striking Iron: The Art Of African Blacksmiths, an exciting new exhibition from The Fowler Museum at UCLA, we’re delving into the stories behind a few favorite works of African metal, from our own collection. The Fowler is part of UCLA’s School of the Arts and Architecture, and is renowned for its in-depth exploration of […]

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