Composed of a shelf, room divider, daybed, coffee table, and desk, Nazara Lázaro's Crooked Collection is simultaneously austere and expressive — like someone loosened the screws of a Donald Judd piece then tossed it into the spin cycle.
If you've ever visited König Galerie in Berlin, which is housed in a renovated 1967 Brutalist church with a skylit concrete nave, you'll know that there are only a few places in the world to experience contemporary art in such a breathtaking setting. There are also only a few artists whose work would be quite so at home in that nave as Jose Dávila, the Mexican sculptor who trained as an architect and is known for his focus on space, balance, and proportion.
Peopleographer, the Dusseldorf firm that produces films for brands, has good reason to want to show off its office space: It was designed by the Berlin studio Vaust, and it looks more like a contemporary art gallery than a cubicle farm.
When Kim Bartelt was an art student at Parsons, and then a young set designer in New York, she would often collect the colored tissue paper that comes with clothing purchases from small boutiques, or wrapped around samples when calling in pieces for a photoshoot. The papers sat for years around her apartment in a giant Paul Smith bag — first in New York, then back home in Berlin — before eventually becoming the abstract "painting" that would become the basis for a body of work she's been creating for more than half a decade.
To mold by hand her instantly recognizable, multi-faceted, ultra-colorful shapes, Yasmin Bawa works with Hempcrete, a sustainable mix of hemp fibers, lime, and plaster that's light-as-a-feather but with the sculptural flexibility of clay. An otherwise industrial bio-composite material generally used in sustainable home building, scaled down to the realm of object design.
A weekly Saturday recap to share with you our favorite links, discoveries, exhibitions, and more from the past seven days. This week: David Hockney inspires a poke spot — of all places — in Berlin, Roll & Hill reopens its New York showroom with a stellar new line-up, and two OFFSITE alums open up their respective Brooklyn apartments, furnished in works of their own making.
This week, for Sight Unseen OFFSITE, they’re debuting two new projects at Assembly New York on the Lower East Side: A fringed overhead lamp called Fran, and the latest addition to their ongoing Osis line, a range of colorful, customizable side tables.
Three years ago, at a café in Berlin, three friends — Joern Scheipers, David Kosock, and Bart Navarra — came up with the idea to channel their love for art and design into creating furniture. Their friendship — and their backgrounds in fashion, branding, and architecture — finally coalesced last year into VAUST, an experimental furniture and interiors studio whose first collection launched earlier this month at Der Berliner Salon.
Like some kind of latter-day Helio Oiticica, the French artist Jean-Pascal Flavien has constructed a life-sized house, surrounded by sand, within the exhibition space at Esther Schipper gallery in Berlin. But while Oiticica's work was dependent upon interaction, it's unclear how immersive Flavien's installation is really supposed to be.
A weekly Saturday recap to share with you our favorite links, discoveries, exhibitions, and more from the past seven days. This week: new mirrors by Philippe Malouin, a rug fit for the '80s living room of our dreams, and a group design exhibition in New York that launched one of our favorite chairs this year (above).
Jonathan Niclaus is an illustrator and art director whose work nods to the periods and places that inspire him. Think the French Riviera on the cusp of the 1980’s, sun-bleached sand and leathery skin, sparkling teal waters and an effervescent pink coastline.
It's not every day that we publish an office interior on Sight Unseen, but it's also not every day that one of our favorite architecture firms turns its attention from designing Andreas Murkudis stores and art galleries to installing giant rainbow mirror walls inside marketing agencies.