If you are in New York for Design Week, tomorrow is the last day to visit Sight Unseen OFFSITE, a 17,000-square-foot exhibition curated and presented by Jill Singer and Monica Khemsurov of the online magazine Sight Unseen. Out of the dozens of forward-thinking design studios on display, we chose our top five to definitely not miss.
Ladies & Gentlemen is a Seattle-based design studio founded by Dylan Davis and Jean Lee. Since forming the studio in 2010, the couple’s iterative process has playfully explored the mix of materials, shapes, and techniques. Their innate ability to find ideal pairings of material and function is reflected in their collection of pared-down, diverse products — ranging from small objects to jewelry, furniture, lighting, and more.
Fredericks & Mae is the art/design team of Jolie Mae Signorile and Gabriel Fredericks Cohen. The two met through a shared love for materials; Fredericks & Mae started in the piles of feathers, thread, gold and paper that decorated their first studio in 2007. Their collaborative practice has since evolved into a series of objects for the home, garden and sky.
Brook&Lyn is the Los Angeles–based creative studio of husband-and-wife team Mimi Jung and Brian Hurewitz. Jung’s roots in art and graphic design have led her to pursue a new language in the world of traditional weaving: Her goal with any project is to express her personal vision and to evoke a feeling through form or material or composition, rather than to execute on technique. Far from the decorative function of traditional weavings, Jung’s work is a form of painting. At Sight Unseen OFFSITE, Brook&Lyn will debut several new large-scale pieces from the Woven Gradient Series.
Eric Trine is a one-man art and design studio based in Long Beach, California. Trine’s work moves from small-scale design/build projects for bars, restaurants and boutique hotels to furniture design and sculpture — all of which carry a playful, accessible, California modern feel. This year, for Sight Unseen OFFSITE, Trine is debuting new variations and finishes to his Rod+Weave Chair and Octahedron Side Table. Also on view will be a selection of FUNctional pieces from Alley-Oop, an ongoing collaboration with illustrator Will Bryant.
Fort Makers is an artist collective based in Brooklyn. They create large-scale public art installations as well as a wide variety of fashion and home products. Each piece reflects the unique hand of the artist and the energy and inspiration of the group. Their work is interactive and often playful. For Sight Unseen OFFSITE, Fort Makers dives into the world of ceramics. They will display a colorful collection of tiled furniture, including tables and wall pieces, as well as wooden sconces. The forms and colors are inspired by Art Deco design, altars, and Matisse’s chapel in Vence, France.