Set up as a gallery exhibition on the ground floor of 100 Avenue of the Americas in SoHo, Sight Unseen Offsite showcased some of the most innovative designers working today. Unlike other NYCxDesign shows, the editors of Sight Unseen almost dictatorially command who gets to participate or not. The result is a focused presentation of the best new design talent. Here are the three key themes observed at this year's show:
Stark rendering-like shapes and colors were accompanied with all things round and rounded. Anything one could imagine to bend, did end up bent. Round lights, round mirrors, round tables with round cutouts, round vases, round stools—a most condensed celebration of roundness.
Lighting by Iacoli & McAllister
Light box by Atelier de Troupe
Wallpaper/Carpet by Grain
Clash of Material
Combining materials contrasting in color and texture is a common design approach. At Sight Unseen OFFSITE, the combinations bordered on stark, unexpected and almost uncomfortable—though infinitely novel.
Chair by Nun x Office GA
Stools by Areti
Tall table by Slash Objects
Table by Eny Lee Parker
Table by Eny Lee Parker (detail)
Mirrors by Another Human
End table by Simon Johns
Mirror by Slash Objects
In a way of playing tricks with perception, designers tried to amuse the eye by moving the unmovable, bending the unbendable and turning the unturnable.