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Minimalist, Shaker-Inspired Cleaning Tools That’ll Make You Want To Do Chores

When the exhibition Furnishing Utopia debuted at Sight Unseen OFFSITE two years ago, it followed a relatively strict set of parameters: 11 international designers would spend a week at two Shaker sites in New York and Massachusetts, engaging in an intensive workshop yielding new furniture and objects directly inspired by artifacts from those sites. But this year's exhibition examines the impact of the Shakers on contemporary design in a much more conceptual way: Called Hands to Work, it features objects by more than 25 studios, each meditating on contemporary attitudes towards everyday chores.
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A Conceptual Hotel Suite Inspired by Op-Art and ’80s Design

For this year’s Sight Unseen OFFSITE, husband-and-wife Steven Bukowski and Hannah Bigeleisen have teamed up with the support of HotelTonight — the app that offers booking deals on some of the world’s best design and boutique properties — to envision the ideal hotel suite, which they’ve brought to life in a 100-square-foot space inside the show at 201 Mulberry.
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The New, Architecturally-Inspired Wallpaper You Need For Your Home

Today marks the launch of Ratio, Twyla’s first-ever, limited-edition line of luxury wallpaper, with the first four patterns curated by Sight Unseen. Aiming to highlight Twyla’s ability to capture minute texture and detail, we asked four of our favorite architectural photographers to lend us a single image, and then invited four artists to create paintings loosely inspired by their use of shadow, color, line, or shape.
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A Virtual Reality Whiz Makes his Three-Dimensional Debut

Brace yourself for Dowel Jones x Tom Hancocks's collaborative installation in the basement of Helena Barquet and Fabiana Faria’s Lower East Side boutique, Coming Soon: The room has been reimagined as “Lobby,” a multi-sensory showcase for Hancocks’s debut collection of chairs for the Australian brand.
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Inside the Color-Drenched L.A. Studio of Block Shop Textiles

For their installation at Sight Unseen OFFSITE, sisters Lily and Hopie Stockman — the duo behind the textile line Block Shop — are drawing inspiration from their own studio, high up in a historic bank building in downtown Los Angeles. “Our studio is filled with rugs and pillows and dogs and books and other human beings coming and going. We wanted to recreate that in New York,” says Hopie. Voracious, eclectic readers, the Stockman sisters have envisioned the project as a reading room.
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Cold Picnic’s Founders On Why Films Make Great Rugs

In the past, Cold Picnic founders Phoebe Sung and Peter Buer have abstracted stills from Antonioni and Fassbinder films into striking compositions of color and geometry; they turned to the films of Tunisian director Nacer Khemir for the visual cues behind their newest collection — Desert Trilogy — which launches next week at OFFSITE with the support of Levi’s Made and Crafted.
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The Barragán-Inspired Ceramic Lights Debuting at Sight Unseen OFFSITE

“My house is my refuge, an emotional piece of architecture and not a cold piece of convenience,” the architect Luis Barragán once said. According to Moving Mountains studio founder Syrette Lew, this sentiment perfectly captures the spirit of her new collection of chairs and lights — the latter designed in collaboration with ceramicist Giselle Hicks. The installation — on view at 201 Mulberry starting next Thursday, May 17, and presented by Levi's Made & Crafted — is loosely based on the color palettes and surroundings Lew encountered on a recent trip to Barragán’s native Mexico.
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Register Now to Attend Our 2018 Sight Unseen OFFSITE Show

We're excited to share the details of our fifth annual Sight Unseen OFFSITE fair, a showcase of furniture and objects by the most exciting names in contemporary design. From May 17-20, you can visit us at 201 Mulberry Street in New York, plus a dozen satellite venues around downtown Manhattan that will also be hosting content, including Opening Ceremony, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Roll & Hill, and Creatures of Comfort. The 2018 show is free and open to the public — click through to find out how to get a ticket!
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