"Romancing the Stone" by Chen Chen and Kai Williams debuted last week in a solo show at New York's Casa Perfect, and it's unlike anything they've done— or we've seen — before. The collection is equal parts art and science.
Today we're rounding up three gallery shows worth seeing this spring, including a retrospective by California Light & Space pioneer DeWain Valentine, a Parisian exhibition starring new large-scale photos by Candida Höfer, and the man we once called the "patron saint of Sight Unseen," Donald Judd.
Knots, chains, translucent candy colors — Corey Moranis's SS19 Lucite jewelry collection ticks off more trend boxes that we could possibly count. But in truth, the most beguiling thing about Moranis's jewelry is the Lucite itself — a fascinating material that recalls our obsession with colored glass; it, too, retains the memory of its previously liquid state.
A weekly Saturday recap to share with you our favorite links, discoveries, exhibitions, and more from the past seven days. This week, a light inspired by an iconic hat, a colorful gift shop we'd like to move into, and a donation-based Los Angeles home rental on a do-good mission.
Gio Ponti, cabana stripes, hoop skirts — these are just a few of the references that come to mind when you first see Fort Standard's new Cooperage collection, made from alternating stripes of light and dark wood, which launched this week in New York at Colony Design. But what you don't necessarily think of is the process by which Fort Standard founder Gregory Buntain achieved the collection's incredibly playful, graphic look.
Remember that terrazzo kitchen we featured last Saturday? Turns out it was just one room of many in a new event space in Madrid that's part photography studio, part co-working space, occasional wedding venue, and repository for just about every interior trend that's happening right now.
If you're one of the many, many people who have always wanted to ask us the same million dollar question — how do we decide who to feature on Sight Unseen? — pay attention, because we're answering it here today. First things first, we feature people and things we like, it's as simple as that. More complex is how we find those people and things. Some of our biggest sources are Instagram, exhibitions we attend, and submission emails we receive. But not too long ago, we found another source that's an endless wellspring for discovering new names in art and design: Cargo.
The work of Stefano Fusani and Clara Hernández, the pair behind Madrid’s Studio Lacube, exists at the intersection of design and art. But it also occupies another in-between space: where what’s natural and what’s constructed — or what feels natural or constructed — is no longer so easy to distinguish.
Aldo Bakker's new show, Slow Motion — which opened at Carpenters Workshop Gallery in New York last week — includes stools, tables, and vessels whose materiality spans marble, quartzite, Urushi-lacquered foam, gold-plated silver, 3D-printed steel, porcelain, basalt, aluminum, and sandstone — and yet the pieces still all feel like a loosely connected family.
A weekly Saturday recap to share with you our favorite links, discoveries, exhibitions, and more from the past seven days. This week: A design hotel to support our new Italian coastal lifestyle, an actually perfect mustard-velvet sofa, and a DIY company that hopes to encourage Enzo Mari–esque self-production — not to mention critical thought about design, consumption, and production.
We're now deep in the age of the Instagram-friendly immersive installation, which was especially evident at this year's Milan furniture fair, where we couldn't help but laugh at how many brands were touting some sort of earnestly dramatic light-based experience. And yet, for materials brands, there really is no better way to inspire visitors — and no one did that better last month than Tarkett, who with Note Design Studio installed a towering forest of playful geometric columns inside one of Milan's most beautiful buildings, the 150-year-old Circolo Filologico Milanese.
The Swedish Design Museum is not your typical museum — it has no permanent collection, nor does it have a cool Modernist structure in which to house its contents. It's a virtual museum whose goal is to bring Swedish design to the many — the way accessible Swedish design was always meant to be. Now, however — in a slight twist — the Swedish Design Museum is offering visitors the rare opportunity to peep inside real Swedish homes, to witness IRL design as it was meant to be.
Soon, we'll be turning our attention to New York Design Week (which, as in recent years, is more like a month), but for now we're still thinking about the things that inspired us in Milan, including this incredible lighting collection from the Italian-British duo Giapato & Coombes.