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Week of February 19, 2018

A weekly Saturday recap to share with you our favorite links, discoveries, exhibitions, and more from the past seven days. This week: a seriously chic restaurant interior in Moscow, a pair of sneakers by one of our favorite ceramicists, and the new Solange interview we all know we needed.
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At Europe’s Newest Design Fair, We’re Presenting New Work by Chen and Kai and Mimi Jung

This winter, we're building on a very exciting trajectory that began with our presence at two Collective Design Fairs in New York, and continued when we presented the work of 13 American studios at the London Design Fair this past fall. From March 8 to 11, Sight Unseen will have a booth at the brand-new Collectible design fair, in Brussels, where we'll showcase new lighting by Chen Chen and Kai Williams and new woven works by Mimi Jung.
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Set Your eBay Alert for These Amazing, Vintage Kaj Franck Goblets

Our jaws hit the floor in utter surprise and delight last week when, in the process of researching our underrated glassware story, we discovered a glass-related pastime of Finnish designer Kaj Franck's that we had no idea existed (and one that pretty much flies in the face of what we always thought of as his minimal, MCM oeuvre): making elaborate art-glass goblets.
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45 Key Designs We Spotted At IMM Cologne and Maison & Objet 2018

While IMM Cologne and Maison et Objet aren't the most outwardly exciting fairs on the design calendar, they can be particularly fun for us to cover. The reason has to do with why we love antique shopping so much: It can be more gratifying to make small, triumphant discoveries amidst a sea of less-relevant items than to be surrounded by perfection at every turn. The thrill of the hunt, if you will. Here are 45+ of our biggest finds.
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Starting a Contemporary Design Collection? Check Out This New Online Auction Series

An online auction launched this week by Sothebys features only 23 pieces, from a Colorado gallery called Maker + Place, but it represents something bigger — the start of a new series of no-buyer's-reserve, online-only design sales that the art-auction giant plans to repeat regularly with different curators and assortments. Because they'll focus solely on contemporary pieces, with diverse price points and a super-straightforward bidding process, they're perfect for anyone starting a collection.
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In a New Show, 3D Printed Objects So Real They Look Fake

Called "Transitional Speculation," the show blurs the line between the digital and physical worlds even more than Wang Söderstrom's work normally does: While their 3D illustrations often have a whiff of handicraft, here, they've made tangible objects — primarily printed in 3D — that seem to take on the blobby, hyper-real aesthetic a rendering would typically have.
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Shop the Obsessive Collections of 10 New York Creatives, Starting Today

After the umpteenth time I found myself typing "Blenko ice glass" into a search bar, I started to wonder what it would be like to give my object obsessions a purpose, rather than just accumulating more things I can't fit into my apartment. Thus OCC Market was born. Opening today at the Lower East Side boutique Coming Soon, it's a shoppable exhibition of obsessive compulsive collections by 10 object enthusiasts in design, food, and fashion.
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These Women Are Teaming Up for a Powerhouse Ceramics Collab

It seems inevitable that some of the women included in Egg Collective's powerhouse Designing Women exhibition last spring would end up making their working relationship long-term, but we couldn't be happier about the first pairing: From their Soho showroom, throughout the next year, Egg Collective will be commissioning and selling capsule collections of ceramic work by Natalie Herrera, whose graphic, geometry-inspired pieces feel very much of a kind with Egg Collective's aesthetic.
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A Collection of Glass Objects, Inspired By Water In All Its Forms

Two years ago, the Turkish glass manufacturer Pasabahçe teamed up with a collection of designers and glass artists to create Omnia, a series that channeled Anatolian culture through modern glass objects. Now they are reviving the concept — this time focused around the theme of water and in partnership with the Turkish Marine Environment Protection Association — with 15 designers, primarily Turkish, plus the Paris-based SCMP Design Office, whose collection we're featuring here today.
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