Tuesday night in New York City, our friends over at Sight Unseen launched their first printed edition, Paper View, a collection of stories and personal reflections that document the inner lives and studio spaces of designers from around the world. The book features 24 brand-new and archival pieces that exemplify two and a half years of studio visits and interviews and was published with the support of Karlsson's Gold Vodka's UNFILTERED project.
Paper View is divided into four sections— My Mother or Father Was An Artist, I Studied X and Now I'm Doing Y, Material Obsession and Strange Ephemera—each addressing a larger theme that emerged from their interviews with designers. "For us, it's always been about discovering the universal truths behind what it's like to be a maker, regardless of medium or discipline," the editors Monica Khemsurov and Jill Singer explain in their foreword.
Monica Khemsurov, co-Editor of Sight Unseen
Studio visits, process deep-dives and inventories of favorite things fill the pages. My favorite subsection was more of a design interlude filled with an inventory of "8 Things"—from a who's who of design publications, brands and retailers that include the founders of Roman and Williams, Sebastian Wrong (Established & Sons), Nacho Alegre (Apartamento magazine) and Jade Lai (Creatures of Comfort).
In addition to hosting the launch party of the print edition, New York City retailer Creatures of Comfort will be home to a special Sight Unseen pop-up store, Shape Shop, that features goods from some of the designers profiled in Paper View—vases by Chen Chen and Kai Williams, pendant lights from Anntian, small weavings by New Friends, mugs by Peter Shire—as well as objects and jewelry from designers featured in their online archive. The tables and consoles displaying the objects were custom made for Sight Unseen by the new design firm The Principals.
Pickup your copy of Paper View today—the first edition of the publication is in a limited run of 400—or if you're in New York City, stop by Creatures of Comfort to visit the Shape Shop!
Clockwise from Top Left: Tanya Aguiniga Center Necklace, ROLU Shapes After Guy Necklaces, Baggu Painted Pouches, Ladies & Gentlemen Studio Bloc Necklaces
Scrap Lamp with Plumen Bulb by Jonah Takagi, Vintage Marble Bookends.
Top: Handmade sculptures by fashion design Shabd. New Friends hand painted Torus bracelets, Renata Abbade Incense Burner. Bottom: Swell Vases by Chen Chen and Kai Williams
Fredericks & Mae Shape brushes: wedge and orb, Vintage Mikasa Mugs
Caitlin Mociun Pillow Totems. Shin Okuda Bookends.
Chen Chen and Kai Williams Swell Vases, Netted fabric and polyurethane expanding foam with a glass vase insert.
Iacoli & Mcallister Sage Burner