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Week of December 5, 2016

A weekly Saturday recap to share with you our favorite links, discoveries, exhibitions, and more from the past seven days. This week: hallucinatory blocks, $12,000 nesting chairs, and a cookbook from our friends at Spain's indie interiors bible.
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2016, Part III

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 third 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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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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A Master of the Instagram Still-Life in Her (Perfectly Styled) Natural Habitat

Since the launch of her ceramic accessories line ARC Objects in 2014, the interaction of space and ideas through the black box of process has been a framework for Daniela Jacobs, whose work you might be familiar with from the thoughtfully rendered still-lifes that populate her Instagram. Which would be appropriate, considering how crucial a part Instagram has played in catapulting Jacobs to fame.
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An Introduction to Italy’s Favorite Anti-Minimalist

It is perhaps ironic that Paola Navone should release a book entitled Tham ma da, a Thai word meaning "ordinary." Tham ma da doesn't refer to Navone's design sense, however, nor is it an adjective to describe the interiors she creates. But it is a fitting description of how she can take a humble material and multiply it so that the effect is something much, much greater.
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If You Love Music and Minimalist Interiors, Read This

If you tried to give one of us a huge, tech-y looking subwoofer that clashed with our vintage B&B Italia sectionals, we'd laugh you right out of the room. That, in a nutshell, is what we love about Sonos: Their speakers are designed not to stand out, but to blend in with and complement your minimalist interior. And that's why their newly launched White Sub — the understated square object you see in between Jill's copper Yield planter and hand-carved James Carroll ladder above — isn't fancy- or crazy-looking, it's just... white.
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Inside the Soviet-Style Homes of Georgian Duo Rooms, As Shot By T Magazine

Earlier this month, the Tbilisi, Georgia–based design duo Rooms had their 18th- and 19th-century homes shot for T Magazine's Greats issue, with results so lovely we immediately asked for permission to reprint all the outtakes. Click through to see how they "incorporated into their pared-down aesthetic the distinctively Soviet style they grew up with."
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Inside the Quirky, Vintage-Inspired Home of Two Epic Design Collectors

We featured Wary Meyers' incredible trove of finds in our 2012 book Paper View, and we were delighted to see some of those items pop up in the house tour Curbed published this week, including the Alex Tavoularis painting Linda's parents picked up at a Florida estate sale and the abstract canvases John was creating at the time. We've been tracking their home — a 1960s-era ranch that was renovated in the '80s — on Instagram since the couple bought it three years ago, and these pictures show the space in its full glory.
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80 Years Later, This Vase Is (Still) the Ultimate Styling Object

Organic forms are back in style, so it felt like the perfect time to revisit one of the genre’s most enduring examples: the Aalto vase. Another good reason? It's the vase's 80th anniversary, and to celebrate, we've pulled a selection of images proving that it's (still) the ultimate styling object, no matter where it goes or what it's filled with — the LBD of housewares, basically.
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Bower On Becoming One of the Hottest Studios in American Design

Bower's products and furniture always feel just right for the moment in which they're made, somehow ahead of what's current but not so trendy that they'll soon fall out of fashion. That these sophisticated harbingers are made from an enormous Brooklyn woodshop with no A/C seems about right when you meet them.
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Calico Wallpaper's Red Hook Loft: A Brooklyn Home Tour

Calico Wallpaper’s Envy-Inducing Airy Red Hook Loft

In hindsight, it feels almost like fate that Nick and Rachel Cope would end up in the sprawling, historic Red Hook loft they now call home. After all, where else in New York City could they have found the room to showcase not one but six of the wallpaper collections they've created since 2012 as partners in the Brooklyn-based Calico?
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