Our 2014 Honorees

Last year, after being asked for the umpteenth time to share our take on who the key players are in the American design scene, we decided to launch the first annual American Design Hot List — an unapologetically subjective editorial award for the names to know now in American design. We intended for the list to act as our 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'd be ones to watch. But when we thought about the fact that no one else was doing anything remotely similar, we realized that the American Design Hot List could play a wonderful ongoing role in spotlighting the hard work and superior skill of a group of creatives who we believe deserves recognition.

Fall Pop-Up Shop at Space 98, 2014

When Urban Outfitters opened Space Ninety 8, its concept store and restaurant in Brooklyn, it invited Sight Unseen to curate a monthlong shop-in-shop — designed by Moving Mountains — featuring new jewelry and housewares.

The First 59 Minutes with Ikea, 2014

Sight Unseen was invited to produce an editorial package and Instagram campaign for IKEA’s “Show Us Your IKEA: The First 59” program, which focused on how IKEA products can help you make the most out of the first hour of your day.
Plane III

50 Things From America with COS, 2014

When COS made its U.S. e-commerce debut, it celebrated with a virtual exhibition of objects made in each of America’s 50 states. We consulted on the content of the exhibition and created an editorial campaign to promote the project.

COS’s 50 Things From America Project

Each spring when we head to Milan, there are two must-see stops on our agenda that aren’t strictly part of the furniture fair circuit. The first is lunch at the no-frills Latteria, where we gorge ourselves on raw artichokes and lemony pasta with chili peppers. The second is the COS flagship on Corso Venezia, where we’ve been known to spend hours stocking up on the kind of simple, directional wardrobe staples that are the London-based brand’s bread and butter. For years, COS has been the secret weapon of pretty much every design-world tastemaker we know, and it’s become an excellent source as well for keeping up with what’s new in art and design, what with its print magazine from the people behind Fantastic Man and its blog highlighting work by talents like Chen Chen & Kai Williams, Charlie Schuck, and Julian Renault. When we heard COS was finally coming to America — stores in New York and L.A. are forthcoming this fall, and an e-commerce site is already up and running — we were thrilled. To celebrate the launch in its inimitable fashion, COS recently launched a project called “50 Things: A Collection of Things We Love From America,” which includes a mix of Sight Unseen regulars (Bec Brittain, Doug Johnston), amazing new discoveries (we’re obsessing over Utah’s Daniel Everett), and odes to some of the country's most beautiful examples of architecture and natural phenomena.

Creative Women at Work Series with Shinola, 2014

In 2014, Shinola looked to Sight Unseen to help increase the visibility of its New York flagship among women, leading Sight Unseen to conceive an editorial series profiling influential New York curators and designers called Creative Women at Work.

Sight Unseen OFFSITE, 2014

In 2014, Sight Unseen launched the first annual Sight Unseen OFFSITE, a curated design exhibition coinciding with New York Design Week that provides a platform for the most directional, cutting-edge ideas in contemporary furniture design.

Modern Craft Series with Lincoln, 2014

Sight Unseen was one of a very select group of tastemaking editorial websites invited to participate the Lincoln Motor Company's Hello Again campaign and microsite, for which we created content around our favorite makers and innovators.
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Seattle Week with Filson, 2014

The Seattle-based company Filson partnered with us on a special editorial series devoted to the city’s blossoming creative scene, profiling designers and makers, as well as taking readers behind the scenes at Filson’s own factory.
Rosie Li

Our 2013 Honorees

Last week on L'Arcobaleno, Jill was asked to cover the recent rebirth of New York design, discussing the transformation with key players like Jason Miller, Lindsey Adelman, and Dave Alhadeff. "Once again there’s a scene that’s celebrated internationally," said Alhadeff, and we couldn't agree more — ever since we founded the Noho Design District in 2010, which is largely devoted to American talents, we have been asked countless times by global designers and journalists to share our take on all the exciting things happening on our home turf, and we're always happy to oblige. After a while, though, it got us thinking: Why wait for people to ask? Why not create an easy resource we can share with everyone? And so, introducing the American Design Hot List, a totally unscientific, unapologetically subjective portfolio of the emerging and semi-emerging furniture and product designers we think you should know now.

The Noho Design District, 2010-2013

In 2010, Sight Unseen launched the Noho Design District, New York Design Week's most exciting platform for new ideas and emerging talents. The design festival ran until 2014, when it was relocated and rebranded as Sight Unseen OFFSITE.