It’s sort of impossible to believe that this year’s Sight Unseen Offsite, the design expo for the popular design site Sight Unseen, is only in its second year. Good god. It just seems way too put together for a sophomore showing.
The Sight Unseen Offsite, this year at Hudson Mercantile, was pretty much jam-packed with amazing work and the talented designers who created it. It’s the ultimate antithesis, in a very positive way, of the big design shows, especially those hosted in the cavernous labyrinth known as the Javits Center.
Instead of endless halls of and booths, at Sight Unseen Offsite you see a very well-curated and totally potent mix of beautifully compelling designs. It's much smaller, but you can begin to see very quickly just where designers are right now, and where they’re going too.
Highlights for me included Avo’s bold leather pillows and rugs. It was the first time I saw them in person. Same with Yield’s work. The Florida-based company was showing some really cool new copper lights along with their other staple designs. American Design Club’s incredible candle zone was also noteworthy. I’ve never seen so many cool candlesticks in one place.
Lambert et Fils showed some incredible lamps, especially the orange gradient one, which was possible my favorite at the show. And Bower's new mirrors, which follow up on the success of their Shape Mirrors, channel 70's swank in an awesome way.
Overall there was just no fat at this year's Sight Unseen Offsite, it was literally all really impressive solid work. And for someone who despises navigating the big shows, it’s a very welcome event.