Three Key Trends Spotted at Sight Unseen OFFSITE 2017

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:

Everything Circular

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.

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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 Grain
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 Home Studios
Table by Home Studios (detail)
Mirrors by Another Human
End table by Simon Johns
Mirror by Slash Objects

Mind Games

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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