There's a definitive look to Charlie Schuck's photography — sumptuous curtains, graphic shadows, perfectly brushed carpets, mirrored surfaces, and richly painted walls — and perhaps no studio's work is better suited to that look than Bower. So when we heard Bower's brand-new website was up and running — with brand-new imagery taken by Schuck — we immediately reached out to publish the incredible results.
Somewhere around 2015, two major design trends emerged that — from time to time — have also subsequently converged. The first is something we call "warm minimalism," referring to the blonde wood / muted pastels / brass / simple shapes combo that's still going strong; the second is the Dimore Studio brand of understated glamour that skews slightly more classic, in richer textures and tones. When they're combined, you get work like Robert Sukrachand's newest collection, debuting today at the AD Design show.
Talk about the ultimate design karma: Two friends graduate from the design program at The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, conceive two vases in pigmented concrete as Christmas presents for their mothers, and just like that are discovered on Instagram by the designers behind Noma — aka the best restaurant in the world — and commissioned to create three new styles for the restaurant's recently reopened Copenhagen location.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The ambiguous ceramic objects of up-and-coming Spanish designer Julen Ussia may look functional, but they're actually a research project devoted to, as he puts it, “how materials and shapes can suggest an idea of usability.” Either way, they're marking him as one of the next big talents out of Spain.
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.
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.