Week of May 23, 2016

A weekly Saturday recap to share with you our favorite links, discoveries, exhibitions, and more from the past seven days. This week: a resurrection of old Castiglioni furniture, the most anticipated art exhibition of the summer opens at the Guggenheim, and four (more) of our favorite releases from New York design week, including the tables by Yield above.

We May Have Just Found the Holy Grail of Rugs

Launched at Matter during New York Design Week, these gorgeously sophisticated rugs designed by Studio Proba and Aelfie Oudghiri strike a much-sought-after — but rarely achieved — aesthetic balance: They're basic enough to go with almost anything, but stylish enough to anchor a well-designed room. The holy grail of rugs.

Kathleen Whitaker Just Took Her Simple, Geometric Jewelry Up a Notch

Nearly a year ago, we profiled the Los Angeles jewelry designer Kathleen Whitaker, known for starting the whole staple and dot stud earring trend that went viral a couple years back, and previewed the limited-edition project she was starting in parallel to her base collection — one that would elevate those designs into more rarefied territory by adding semiprecious stones to their simple, minimalist geometries. Earlier this spring, she officially debuted the results in the form of the Stone Collection, and we are coveting every. single. piece.

Meet the Talented Sisters Behind Our New Favorite Lighting Brand

If you visited Sight Unseen OFFSITE last week, you might have noticed one standout booth in particular, dressed as it was in moody shades of blue, showcasing an incredible number of variations on the sculptural, globe-bulbed typology that's recently become so en vogue in the lighting world. In fact, in its striking beauty, the booth was impossible to miss: The lights were the work of London-based sisters Gwendolyn and Guillane Kerschbaumer, two Austrian-born designers who work under the studio name Areti.

Week of December 9, 2013

A weekly Saturday recap to share with you our favorite links, discoveries, and events from the past seven or so days. This week: a designer-made winter salad recipe, a stunning new furniture collection by POOL (pictured above), tools so chic they make us want to start gardening, an explosion of pop-up stores and sand piles, and more.

The Best of New York Design Week 2016

New York Design Week may come hot on the heels each year of the all-consuming behemoth that is the Milan furniture fair, but to pay it any less attention would be a mistake — between Sight Unseen OFFSITE, ICFF, Colony, Wanted, and the goings-on at outposts like the Future Perfect and Matter, the days when America's most important contemporary design event was simply a watered-down rehash of Europe's are indisputably over. Here's a roundup our favorite finds from this year's show.

Take a Tour of the 2016 Show, Part II

This year's show was, as always, meticulously curated to ensure both the highest quality of designs and a variety of experiences. We had pop-ups where visitors could buy chocolate, cosmetics, fragrances, ceramics and smoking accessories; we hosted our second annual lunch cafe by Sunday Supper, this year in collaboration with Baked by Lexie Smith; we partnered with Homepolish to create and style a lounge using furniture by the show’s designers; and we had mega-Instagrammable moments in the form of Bower’s infinite hall of mirrors, kinder MODERN’s Design Chess matches, Land of Nod’s supersized play room, Eric Trine’s pink toilet, and Leong Leong’s foam-roller TOPO installation for Ford, which throughout the weekend became a jungle gym for our littlest Sight Unseen fans. Here's Part II of our tour.
Sight Unseen OFFSITE 2016

Take a Tour of Our 2016 Show, Part I

Since Sight Unseen OFFSITE began three years ago, we've held the fair in three different locations, and people often ask whether that nomadic spirit translates in practice to something of a logistical nightmare. The answer, of course, is yes, and yet, each May, there's a huge payoff: Our space has informed the character of each year's show in an immeasurable way, and this year's fair was no different. See what you missed firsthand in this part one of two tours of our 2016 show,

These Norwegian and American Designers Spent Six Months Collaborating on Skype

For the Norway x New York booth at Sight Unseen OFFSITE, we set up a cross-cultural exchange pairing 5 entrepreneurial American studios (Ladies & Gentlemen, Bower, Farrah Sit, Jonah Takagi, Assembly) and 5 up-and-coming Norwegian ones (Vera and Kyte, Bjørn van den Berg, Silje Nesdal, Hallgeir Homstvedt, Morten and Jonas), who spent the past six months working together via Skype and emails on a long-distance collaboration, with the aim to develop an object or series of objects that utilized an American workshop for fabrication.

Leong Leong’s TOPO Installation for Ford at Sight Unseen OFFSITE

Design-lovers seeking a moment of calm this week will find just that in TOPO, the immersive sound bath installation designed by Leong Leong for Ford that's featured at our third annual Sight Unseen OFFSITE show, open today through Monday. Inspired by the experience of driving through landscapes in the Ford Edge, TOPO is a space to chill out, lounge around, and tune in to a meditative experimental soundtrack created by the designers with the engineers at ARUP.

We’re Open for Business!

Our third annual Sight Unseen OFFSITE officially opened for business yesterday at noon! Please come by the beautiful Grace Building, at 1114 Avenue of the Americas, to visit us! We have amazing furniture, lighting, ceramics, and objects by more than 65 of our favorite independent designers and brands, delicious food in a café by Sunday Supper, a beautiful Homepolish-designed lounge outfitted with Sonos wireless speakers, a cash-and-carry ceramics bar, a pop-up beauty bar by MAKE and Atelier de Geste, with testable — and buyable! — fragrance and makeup, and, of course, the Leong Leong–designed TOPO installation for our partnership with Ford, where you can kick off your shoes and Zen out in an ambient sound bath (more on that later today!). Hope to see you there! Check out full hours and information HERE.
Calder-inspired mobile lights Jean Pascal Gauthier

Calder-Inspired Lights By a Canadian Designer On The Rise

Our third annual Sight Unseen OFFSITE opens this Friday, and we're thrilled to be sharing with you a few subjects who will be showing with us this coming weekend. First up is Jean-Pascal Gauthier, a Montreal-based designer who we discovered on Instagram only a month and a half ago and quickly snagged for our show. A self-taught designer who counts Alexander Calder and Pierre Guariche among his influences, Gauthier creates mobile-like, geometric lights from raw materials like brass, steel, wood and marble — often mixing plants and bulbs in one creation.