Jewelry by Vanessa Gade San Francisco-based metalsmith and designer Vanessa Gade’s jewelry is so good that I could easily go broke buying every single piece she’s designed. Her work has that clean and minimalist aesthetic that is a modern design lover’s dream. Clean lines and simple forms are the base of each piece with beautiful craftsmanship and interesting designs to boot.
Nicola Samori (b. 1977). Neo-Baroque? Nicola works out of Italy, and he’s managed to nail the style of the Old Masters, all painted now, in the modern era, in his studio. See, once he’s finished with a painting, or once he’s adapted one that’s been previously created, he takes a scalpel to it, a spatula, or a square of sandpaper, and begins to peel it apart. Sometimes the “destruction” of the images asks the audience to think about what, exactly, the painting communicates when it’s whole.