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.
Mirrors and tables by Slash Objects Mirror by Slash Objects Lamp and chair by New Tendency Display by Norway x New York Lighting by Grain Lighting by Home Studios Side tables by Norway x New York Lighting by Crosby Studios
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.
Object by Atelier de Troupe Rotating Shelving by Crosby Studios
Lighting by Ben & Aja Blanc Side table, lamp and chairs by Eny Lee Parker Mirrors by Robert Sukrachand
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