Commonplace to Offer Emoji Mirrors from Local Artist

Yes, emojis.

Emojis are getting the 3D treatment at the two-year-old Bay View home goods and accessories shop Commonplace, says owner Zach Peterson. Peterson worked with 2013 Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design graduate Miguel Ramirez, who designed three 14-by- 8.5-inch acrylic mirrors, which can be found here. They feature a smiling face, the heart eyes, and the cheeky winking face, for, we assume, when you need to remind yourself to have a sense of humor.

“I saw Miguel post a larger version of the mirrors on Instagram a few times and they caught my eye,” Peterson says. “Being interested in working more with local designers, I had the idea that they would be great as an original product. Miguel had mainly been showing them in galleries previously but liked the idea of smaller product versions be available through the shop. We then selected specific emojis for this release and Miguel got to work designing and making each.”

This isn’t Peterson’s first locally made rodeo. Over the summer, he collaborated with Ryan Tretow, who designed sleek bronze barware pieces, which Peterson exclusively sold at his shop. 



Claire Hanan worked at the magazine as an editor from 2012-2017. She edited the Culture section and wrote stories about all sorts of topics, including the arts, fashion, politics and more. In 2016, she was a finalist for best profile writing at the City and Regional Magazine Awards for her story "In A Flash." In 2014, she won the the Milwaukee Press gold award for best public service story for editing "Handle With Care," a service package about aging in Milwaukee. Before all this, she attended the University of Missouri's School of Journalism and New York University's Summer Publishing Institute.