Nars' latest line of Kabuki makeup brushes blends history with modernity, drawing from the Japanese beauty rituals of Geiko and Kabuki theater. Made of supersoft black goat hair, the Yachiyo ($50) and Ita ($38.50) multifunctional brushes are designed to define and contour cheekbones. And the extra-wide dome and dense bristles allow for a smooth sweep of powder.
Pint-size design mavens can now have something scaled down to their specifications as more and more furniture companies get in on the kid act. Hästens is making tiny mattresses, and Poltrona Frau has taken its legendary Vanity Fair armchair and shrunk it for the smaller set. One-third the original size, the Art Deco-style Baby Vanity ($2,600) comes in classic bright red or candid ivory. All natural materialsfrom the Pelle Frau leather upholstery to the aged-beech framemake for an ultra-stylish place to curl up.
Jeff Koons has been stirring up the art world since the 1980s with his kitsch sculpture and pop imagery. Limited to just 1,500 copieseach personally signedKoons' new monograph casts his controversial work in a personal context. Arranged chronologically by work group, his art stands alongside detailed analyses by critic Katy Siegel.