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Sight Unseen OFFSITE 2017: Curating Today's Best Modern Design Studios

Sight Unseen OFFSITE 2017: Curating Today's Best Modern Design Studios

 

If there was one theme that ran through Sight Unseen OFFSITE, it was color.

 

Much like Sight Unseen itself, the fair was tightly curated, boldly bright and unabashedly elegant. Featuring 25 stands hand-picked by site founders Jill Singer and Monica Khemsurov, the show’s multihued offerings ranged from the perfectly pastel Pieces Collection by Brooklyn-based creative agency An Aesthetic Pursuit to the more pared back collection of five Norwegian studios, displayed together here as part of Norway X New York. Upon entering the venue on Avenue of the Americas, the first stand to greet you stayed true to Sight Unseen’s remit of exploring “what’s new and what’s next in contemporary design”. Twyla, the Austin-based art marketplace startup, sell limited edition works that make art more affordable. For the fair, Sight Unseen asked visual artist Tom Hancocks to create a series of seven hypothetical VR interiors designed around a few of the prints available on Twyla. Viewed through VR headsets, the interiors ranged from an intense, color-blocked Scandi-inspired setting to a neon-tinged interior reminiscent of both ’80s Japan and the furniture of Shiro Kuramata.

 
 
 Calico Wallpaper - Photo by Charlie Schuck

Calico Wallpaper - Photo by Charlie Schuck

 
 Calico Wallpaper - Photo by Charlie Schuck

Calico Wallpaper - Photo by Charlie Schuck

 

It was clear that luminous colors reigned supreme when it came to wallpaper, and both Calico Wallpaper and Wallpaper Projects focused on dreamy, iridescent colors from the former’s soft, blurry design inspired by aural mapping to the latter’s dramatic fuchsia backdrop for TWNS Studio.

 
 
 
 Twns Studio X Wallpaper Projects - Photo by Charlie Schuck

Twns Studio X Wallpaper Projects - Photo by Charlie Schuck

 
 
 
 Twns Studio X Wallpaper Projects - Photo by Charlie Schuck

Twns Studio X Wallpaper Projects - Photo by Charlie Schuck

 
 Fernando Mastrangelo - Photo by Charlie Schuck

Fernando Mastrangelo - Photo by Charlie Schuck

In contrast were Sight Unseen favorite Fernando Mastrangelo’s monochrome pieces. Though Mastrangelo’s work usually alludes to the outdoors in all its colorful glory, at the showcase he favored sand dyed in various shades of black and grey, poured against a pale cement backdrop.

 

Further along were LA-based Elyse Graham’s kaleidoscopic vases, cast in resin and sanded down to reveal a psychedelic medley of colors. Part of her Black Magic range, Graham tends to work intuitively, experimenting and feeling as she goes along. At the fair she said she named each of her vessels after a place, and while sometimes she creates with a specific place or ambience in mind, more often than not, the places are simply revealed to her.

 
 
 Elyse Graham - Photo by Charlie Schuck

Elyse Graham - Photo by Charlie Schuck

 Elyse Graham - Photo by Charlie Schuck

Elyse Graham - Photo by Charlie Schuck

 
 

 

More from Sight Unseen OFFSITE 2017

 

Another Human

 
 
 
 

 

Atelier de Troupe

 

 

Ben and Aja Blanc

 
 
 
 
 

 

Crosby Studios

 

 

Erich Ginder

 

Home Studios

 
 
 
 

 

lacoli & McAllister

 
 
 
 
 

 

New Tendency

 

 

Pieces

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All photos by Charlie Schuck

Rei Kawakubo at the Met: Challenging the Dualisms Between Fashion and Art

Rei Kawakubo at the Met: Challenging the Dualisms Between Fashion and Art

The 2017 Traces Collection by Sophie Dries Architect

The 2017 Traces Collection by Sophie Dries Architect

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