Usually in full swing throughout the month of May, New York City, like many others, had to give up its design month, at least in its classic form. This is an opportunity for the major players in design to invent new ways of communicating on the subject, and to allow designers to showcase their work no matter what. Offsite Online is an initiative of online magazine Sight Unseen, as a brand new version of their annual design show, fully digitalized this time. Thus, from May 18th to June 12th, this online festival presents the work of - a majority of new works - by no less than 60 international designers .
Another aspect of this digital design festival is the highlighting of a new art, that of 3D modeling to sublimate and stage objects and furniture. Thus, Sight Unseen has officially collaborated with visual artists Charlotte Taylor and Stefano Giacomello. Discover our selection of the best works.
The designers and studios taking advantage of the show to launch a new collection:
Atelier de Troupe
Coil and Drift
In Common With
Jack Rabbit Studio
Lambert & Fils
Nicholas Hamilton Holmes Oyyo
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
On the occasion of the digital exhibition Offsite Online, design studio Atelier de Troupe presents a brand new furniture collection called Eclipse (above), alongside lighting fixtures Compass, Shell and Escargo.
Founded in 2009 by Kristi Bender and Wendy Schwartz, Cuff Studios is a design studio and also a furniture line based in Los Angeles. This year, the duo presents the Arc series (chair and console), and the incredible wall fixture Five Track Surface, which is entirely covered with jute and cotton rope.
As narrative as the name of the studio itself, the new creations of Jack Rabbit Studio are characterized by singular, almost animal shapes and wide legs. Its designer, Miller, is accustomed to working with wood in new ways, both in terms of the type of grain chosen and the way in which it takes shape.
On the occasion of Offsite Online, the duo of Jumbo NYC, already well-known for its massive and daring pieces, presents several new creations, including the Fortune Chair (right), the wall mirror Hung, Sport Sofa (left), the luminaire Mop, and the vase Squiggle.
The lighting design studio Lambert & Fils presents the Dorval collection, designed and conceived by SCMP Design Office, these are creations between a very contemporary and industrial design. After the Dorval 01 - winner of the Object Award at the Interior Awards 2018 in Kortrijk, Belgium - it is now a whole collection derived from the same design that is currently on view. Set design by David Richard Allan, 3D rendering by @RenderFolk.
Canadian designer Nicholas Hamilton Holmes is showing Oxalino, his latest collection from 2020. As usual, his pieces display a mix between modernity and traditional woodworking. The hand-painted spiral-shaped patterns on the wood are particularly eye-catching, giving it a very singular and extremely decorative appearance. Cleverly staged in 3D by Massimo Colonna, the collection gains even more in terms of visual impact.
Pieces Home expands its collection with new iconic pieces, presented at the digital Offsite Online show. First of all, the Teddy Chair, which, as its name suggests, is an object with soft and comfortable fur in which to curl up. On the other hand, a new rug, very colorful as usual, the Wavy rug. From these pieces emanates a well done and interesting 70's spirit. 3D image by Reisinger Studio.
On the occasion of Offsite Online, Simon Johns presents the four pieces of his new collection: Outcrop. We especially liked the wall mirror Fracture in gypsum cement, and the coffee table Dolomite, made of bleached ash and cast aluminum, and which refers to sedimentary rock outcrops. 3D images by Charlotte Taylor and Victor Roussel.
Once again, Russian studio Supaform stands out for its bold and hyper-contemporary forms. The whole series includes a fascinating light shelf, serving as a showcase or a sculpture. For this collection, designer Maxim Scherbakov explores the notion of time, of how one may or may not get tired of a design piece with a "whimsical" look, such as one covered in chrome for instance.
Studio Tantuvi and its abstract patterned rugs comes back to the forefront with a new collection, once again highly colorful and staged in 3D by Charlotte Taylor and Victor Roussel. The decor chosen is undoubtedly a nod to the Muralla Roja, by Ricardo Bofill, and it's obviously for the best.
As usual, the founders of Sight Unseen, Jill Singer and Monica Khemsurov present a selection of one to two pieces by international designers, the complete list of which is as follows:
Format Fine Goods
Objects & Ideas
Pedro Paulo Venzon
Daniel Nikolovski - starting his solo career after being part of Kabinet studio - is showing The Dragon Series, this is a collection of two pieces entirely made of Canaletto Noce (black walnut), and handmade in northern Italy. In this project, the designer wanted to combine traditional woodworking techniques with digitally manipulated shapes inspired by Baroque ornaments.
Farrah Sit designs lighting, furniture, and sculptural objects. Her work brings out the beauty of the invisible space... For Offsite Online, she presents her lighting fixtures Scorpio and Serpentine whose brutalist aspect delights us. 3D images by Javier Wainstein.
French designer Gaspard Graulich is also part of this first edition of Offsite Online, and presents his elegant wired luminaire for the occasion, Horizon as well as the very sculptural bench Terrestremade of brass with a textured porcelain stoneware seat surface. This incredible piece tends to express the importance of a place.
Ian Cochran presents the console Plump, a continuation of the same name sculptural furniture collection. This piece plays on the effect of the resin when light is refracted through the solid parts. The console is only held by notches at each joint, there is no glue or fixings here...
James Dieter works his sculptural lighting fixtures like puzzles. Drawing inspiration from fine art, fashion, toys, mechanics and everyday industrial parts and systems, James is interested in formal recombinations and pursues creative technical problem solving to illustrate his inventive aesthetic visions. 3D images by Reisinger Studio.
Joel Edmondson is a furniture and lighting designer based in Brooklyn. His practice is rooted in authentic design, whether it is done for a brand or as part of his own collection. His work reflects American modernism; expressive objects made from natural materials by quality furniture craftsmen.
The New York architect and designer Martina Guandalini is showing Soulmate, a collection composed of a vase and its pedestal, made using the scagliola technique: plaster specially treated to look like marble. Martina presents her first series of collectible design objects here, offering to bring back to life an ancestral technique from Italy, her birth country. Photo by Tamara Baum.
Objects and Ideas is a Canadian design studio, which, after previously launching their iconic Mono Chair, is back with the table of the same collection for Offsite Online. This collection is based on the fact that the shape of the entire piece is based on a single drawn line, creating fluid and singular forms.
Richard Clarkson Studio is an art and design lab based in Brooklyn. The designer creates objects, products and installations that are minimalist in style, elegant in their simplicity and sculptural in their soul. Distorting the ever blurring lines between art and design, he uses processes and methodologies inspired by both disciplines. 3D image by Stefano Giacomello.
soft geometry is a busy studio, and which has just organized its first online exhibition with a collective of designers, to discover here. On the occasion of Offsite Online, the duo presents small table lamps called Elio, made up of a molded resin base. The origin of these lightings stems from designers' experiments with the play of light on glass, water, skin, dust, and other surfaces.
Inspired by the colorimetric paintings of Helen Frankenthaler, the New York designer Kalen Kaminski presents an incredible and luminous collection of hand-blown glass objects in collaboration with Urban Glass as part of her brand new series: Cuesta.
Winston Cuevas is a designer we follow closely, with a sophisticated and delicate dream world. For the digital Offsite Online show, the designer is presenting one of his latest creations, Palm Row Light Object, a sculptural luminaire, whose tree-like silhouette includes green patinated brass "slings" as opposed to a massive base, and is a tribute to Archizoom's Sanremo floor lamp and Ugo La Pietra's Metropolitan Angel lamps.
Offsite Online, from May 18th to June 12th, 2020
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