Take a Tour of Inside/Out, the First Exhibition of Outdoor Furniture By Up-and-Coming American Designers
It’s been an extremely rainy week in New York City, but on Saturday, the clouds momentarily, miraculously parted, just in time for the opening of the first-ever exhibition of outdoor furniture by up-and-coming American designers: Inside/Out, curated by Asa Pingree and Kin & Company. The show features works by 22 different talents, scattered around the grassy knolls of Vale Park at The William Vale hotel in Williamsburg, where visitors are invited to sit on them, eat doughnuts on them, or — perhaps the most likely scenario — let their kids climb all over them. The idea for Inside/Out actually came about after The William Vale offered the curators the space during New York design week; Sight Unseen happily joined as a co-host, alongside Wescover, a new online platform for discovering who made the furniture and art you may have spotted in hotels, restaurants, and interior design projects.
Some of the works in the show we’ve seen before in one form or another, including a lounge by Pingree himself and planters by Birnam Wood Studio. But many are totally new: The Los Angeles outdoor furniture duo Laun created two massive daybeds for the exhibition, and jewelry designer Suna Bonometti contributed her first solo furniture piece, a bench/planter that houses a tree with leaves painted by the botanical studio Wife. Steven Bukowski and Hannah Bigeleisen, who launched their collaboration at our OFFSITE show last year, are debuting a chair, and Kin & Company their first collaboration with clothing brand Dusen Dusen. Scroll down to see selections from the exhibition, then click here to see and read more about all 22 of the pieces on Wescover’s site, including how to visit them — once the sun finally comes out again, that is.
INSTALL PHOTOS BY CHRIS MOTTALINI, DWIGHT CASSIN, AND ALEXANDER KUSAK
Clockwise from yellow bench: Bench by Kaye Blegvad, planter by Plant-In City, woven stools by Steven Bukowski and Hannah Bigeleisen, terrazzo benches by Robert Sukrachand, chaise by Asa Pingree, stool by Facture Studio, woven platform by Lucca Zeray, black object by Walter Mingledorff
Clockwise from left: Bench by Arcana, planter by Birnam Wood Studio, brass daybed by LAUN, chair by Malcolm Majer, chaise and table by Kin & Company x Dusen Dusen
Clockwise from top left: Planter by Suna Bonometti with painted tree by Wife, stools by CHIAOZZA, chaise by Asa Pingree, tables by Christopher Prinz
Clockwise from top left: Woven stools by Steven Bukowsi and D’Emploi, chaise by Asa Pingree, terrazzo bench by Robert Sukrachand
Clockwise from left: Bench by Arcana, planters by Birnam Wood Studio, brass lounge by LAUN, planter by Suna Bonometti with painted tree by Wife, stool by CHIAOZZA, chaise and tables by Kin & Company x Dusen Dusen
Stools by ChiaozzaTerrazzo benches by Robert SukrachandObjects by Walter MingledorffFrom left: Planter by Trey Jones, stool by Facture Studio, chair by Steven Bukowski and Hannah BigeleisenObject by Joseph Algieri and bench by Kaye BlegvadChaise and tables by Kin & Company x Dusen Dusen, planters by Trey Jones
Bench by Kaye Blegvad Terrazzo bench by Robert Sukrachand Stools by ChiaozzaBrass lounge by LaunStone, copper, and velvet lounge by LaunChair by Malcolm MajerStool by Facture Studio
Woven Stools by Steven Bukowski and D’EmploiPlanters by Birnam Wood StudioPlanter by Christopher Prinz
Lounge by Asa PingreeBench by ArcanaChair by Steven Bukowski and Hannah BigeleisenPlanter by Suna Bonometti with painted tree by WifePlanter by Trey JonesChaise and tables by Kin & Company x Dusen Dusen