Bauhaus-inspired housewares by Orphan Work

Brutalist- and Bauhaus-Inspired Housewares and Lighting From the Duo Behind Material Lust

Christian Swafford and Lauren Larson, the creative couple behind Material Lust, introduced their sister brand Orphan Work humbly enough, with a soft launch last year that had us wondering what, exactly, the brand even was. But since its debut, the label has evolved beyond its origins as “an exploration of orphaned material” and developed into a full-fledged brand: lighting, accessories, and what they call “monuments for your tabletop,” inspired at turns by Bauhaus and Brutalism, but mainly by the Vienna Secession.
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Exhibit Columbus Washington Street Installations

See How 5 Design Galleries Are Transforming This Tiny Midwestern City

The seed for Exhibit Columbus began back in 2014, when designer Jonathan Nesci created an installation of reflecting tables, called 100 Variations, in the sunken courtyard of Columbus's First Christian Church, built by Finnish architect Eliel Saarinen in 1942. "It was essentially to show proof of concept that a designer could make an installation in dialogue with the city," says Nesci. Three years later, the resulting design festival, which runs through November, boasts 18 separate installations.
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contemporary furniture editorial Pippa Drummond Urbis Magazine

A Contemporary Furniture Editorial Inspired by Baldessari, Moholy-Nagy, and More

As you might have guessed from yesterday's story, there's nothing we love more than turning the lens on our own contributors — if only because to interview someone is to get to know them in an intimate way that casual conversation often can't approximate. Case in point: an Q&A and photo essay from earlier this year with one of our favorite SU photographers, Pippa Drummond. Called Gravity's Rainbow, it's a joyful, color-filled editorial that features contemporary and vintage furniture from the likes of Bower, Anna Karlin, Apparatus, Gino Sarfatti and more.
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London Design Fair US Pavilion - Sight Unseen

We’re Bringing 13 American Designers to This Year’s London Design Fair

Next month, Sight Unseen will be exhibiting internationally for the very first time with a curated presentation of 13 of our favorite American designers. Called Assembly, the show will represent the United States as the guest country at the Old Truman Brewery from September 21-24, with new and existing work by Bower, Chen Chen & Kai Williams, Christopher Stuart, DAMM, Earnest Studio, Eric Trine, Iacoli & McAllister, John Hogan, Ladies & Gentlemen, Pat Kim, Steven Haulenbeek, Studio Proba, and Slash Objects.
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Good Thing furniture

A Favorite Housewares Brand Makes the Move to Furniture

Today marks the start of a month of design in New York, so perhaps it's fitting that we kick things off with a brand that's been working for years to revitalize the American design scene from the ground up. Good Thing, the Brooklyn-based housewares and accessories label founded by RISD grad Jamie Wolfond in 2014, has always sought to not only engage local manufacturing and producers but also to work with as wide a swath of designers as possible.
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New Apparatus collection

The Best Thing We Saw in Milan Today, Day 3

We don't mean to be biased towards our American compatriots for the third day in a row, but the new Apparatus collection is, in a word, stunning — translucent, cast-resin tables topped by ash slabs lacquered in a high-gloss, rust-colored hue; patinated brass lamps with bases sheathed in a buttery calf suede; and slip-cast porcelain pendants punctuated by dangling brass spheres.
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2016, Part V

This week we announced our 2016 American Design Hot List, Sight Unseen's unapologetically subjective annual editorial award for the 20 names to know now in American design, presented in partnership with Herman Miller. We’re devoting an entire week to interviews with this year’s honorees — get to know the fifth and final group of Hot List designers here.
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2016, Part IV

This week we announced our 2016 American Design Hot List, Sight Unseen's unapologetically subjective annual editorial award for the 20 names to know now in American design, presented in partnership with Herman Miller. We’re devoting an entire week to interviews with this year’s honorees — get to know the fourth group of Hot List designers here.
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2016, Part II

This week we announced our 2016 American Design Hot List, Sight Unseen’s unapologetically subjective annual editorial award for the 20 names to know now in American design, presented in partnership with Herman Miller. We’re devoting an entire week to interviews with this year’s honorees — get to know the second four Hot List designers here.
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2016, Part I

This week we announced our 2016 American Design Hot List, Sight Unseen's unapologetically subjective annual editorial award for the 20 names to know now in American design, presented in partnership with Herman Miller. We’re devoting an entire week to interviews with this year’s honorees — get to know the first four Hot List designers here.
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Our 2016 Honorees

Today, we're pleased to announce the honorees of our fourth annual American Design Hot List — an unapologetically subjective editorial award for the 20 names to know now in American design. The list acts as Sight Unseen’s guide to those emerging and mid-career talents influencing the design landscape in any given year, whether through standout launches, must-see exhibitions, or just our innate sense that they’re ones to watch.
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