A New Brooklyn Talent Turning Paint, Cement, and Scraps Into Of-the-Moment Objects

Cooper Union grad Nick Parker has been working steadily since 2009 to refine a materials-driven, process-based approach to making. His vases are composed of cement that he pigments, layers, and sands until it starts to resemble some hyperactive version of linoleum. His "paintings" are made from layers of paint and paint-like materials embedded with scraps. We visited his home studio in East Williamsburg, Brooklyn, to learn more about his craft.

Week of January 18, 2016

A weekly Saturday recap to share with you our favorite links, discoveries, exhibitions, and more from the past seven days. This week: The latest iridescent confections, new ceramics from New York and L.A., and some early picks from Maison et Objet, including an exciting new design brand working with a powerhouse of emerging European talents (like Thevoz—Choquet, whose new bench is pictured above).
Material Lust American furniture designers

Exploring Furniture’s Dark Side with Material Lust

Just a year and a half old, Material Lust was born of a desire to fill glaring gaps in the world of home design: lighting that isn’t overpowered by its surroundings, for example, or a rug that does double duty as sculpture. Now four collections in, the studio's work is singular, striking, always made with extreme care and attention. It’s also often and unreasonably stereotyped.
Thea Djordjadze

Thea Djordjadze Is Your New Favorite Artist

The Georgian–born, Berlin-based sculptor has a way of combining references to modernist architecture with a palette of diverse, process-oriented materials like plaster, foam, and linoleum that's total catnip to those of us in the design world.
Affordable Art Prints by Alma Charry

New Affordable Art Prints by Parisian Illustrator Alma Charry

Ever since we pulled together our first styling gig late last summer, we've been obsessed with the most niggling aspect of the whole process, which was where we could find pretty but affordable art (and amazing patterned rugs, but that's another day and another post). So we were happy to get news this week that one of our favorite illustrators — the young Parisian graphic artist Alma Charry, who we featured around this time last year — has not one but two new outlets from which to purchase her work.

The Collage-Like Paintings of L.A. Artist Ramsey Dau

The elements of Los Angeles-based Ramsey Dau's artworks look like they've been torn from old encyclopedias, or found in a utility drawer, or cut from Memphis material libraries, then assembled into collages that blend the modern and the primitive. But sometimes looks can be deceiving.
Danish graphic designer Kristina Krogh

Week of December 14, 2015

A weekly Saturday recap to share with you our favorite links, discoveries, exhibitions, and more from the past seven days. This week: A killer new objects line by a Danish graphic designer, new wall-coverings by two Sight Unseen–approved artists, and a timely primer on James Turrell — for all your Hotline Bling–inspired holiday party chatter needs.

Week of December 7, 2015

A weekly Saturday recap to share with you our favorite links, discoveries, exhibitions, and more from the past seven days. This week: A hot tip on a stealth sale of Barber Osgerby goods, ideas for ultra-design-y stocking stuffers, and a new collection of understated wood furniture by French studio Dessuant Bone, pictured.
Group Partner's Boob Pots

The Brooklyn Ceramicist Behind the Insanely Popular “Boob Pots”

Even with its door wide open, Isaac Nichols’s Greenpoint studio is easy to miss. Walk past, look around, turn back, and there it is, tucked inside a cavernous, garage-like space that’s served as a creative home base for Nichols (who works under the name Group Partner) and a wide circle of artist friends for the past two years. The studio, unassuming from the outside, hums within: music plays; the stretch and tear of packing tape is constant. All around, laid out on makeshift surfaces and shelves, are Nichols’s signature pieces in varying stages of completion: ceramic pots molded to mimic breasts, each adorned in a hand-painted outfit, and his famous face pots, each with one of three appointed names: Adam, Rory, or Pat.

Our 2015 Holiday Gift Guide — Ryland’s Picks

Welcome to Sight Unseen’s annual holiday gift guide! This week, we’re sharing our best, most covetable, seriously-buy-me-now finds from around the web. We’ve narrowed it down to 25 items from each editor — a herculean task when it’s basically your job to source cool things all year round. Next up is Ryland, whose wish list this year runs the gamut from cubist mirrors to cheese boards.

Week of November 23, 2015

A weekly Saturday recap to share with you our favorite links, discoveries, exhibitions, and more from the past seven days. This week we intended to skip Saturday Selects because of Thanksgiving, but we received so many incredible new object submissions — like the lamps by Schneid, above — that we're giving you a special abridged roundup.

Chicago Illustrator Clay Hickson’s “Anti-Style”

There’s a distinctive quality to Chicago illustrator Clay Hickson's work that I couldn’t quite put my finger on — that is, until he told me his dad had been an airbrush illustrator in the ’70s and ’80s, filling Clay's childhood with the kind of sumptuous close-ups that turn product illustration into fetish. That cheekiness, bold composition, and surreal eroticism all resonate in Hickson’s work, but here they’re reinterpreted through digital media.