Art and Commerce

March 12, 2012 | Style & Beauty

  Hugo Guinness

Linoleum may seem like an archaic word, evoking images of ’70s-style kitchens, but the flooring material is experiencing a comeback in the form of fine art. Artist Hugo Guinness uses lino-cutting in his recent collaboration with Coach on a collection of men’s leather goods dripping with whimsical images. Guinness is a printmaker, cutting linoleum into his designs and then pressing them onto fabric. For Coach, he created prints in the forms of a boxer, handcuffs, a coffee cup, and aviator shades, among other elements found in urban life, and transferred them onto classic pieces that are sure to become everyday staples. Key case with Hugo Guinness design, Coach ($118). 900 North Michigan Shops, 312-440-1777.

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