It was Design Week in New York and whilst carving spoons was our main priority, as soon as we had a chance we went exploring. Here is a selection of our favourites.
Sight Unseen Offsite
Jill Singer and Monica Khemsurov are the duo behind Sight Unseen. We are fans of their site and have enjoyed being part of their NoHo design events in the past. This year, for the first time, instead of lining the streets of NoHo they gathered all in one spot. Their gathering was an edit of the most interesting up&coming American designers, a few international creatives and a lot of fun all packed into a massive old Iron Clad.
Two favourites were Field Experiments and Ladies and Gentlemen. Field Experiments is a resourceful creative concept by three designers who use ongoing research and development projects to explore traditional craft in various locations around the world. The projects on show were all created in Indonesia and the elegant kites made from old plastic shopping bags were surprisingly beautiful as were the bamboo woven trays.
Ladies & Gentleman are a design studio we have enjoyed since we first met in 2012. This year they enthralled us with their series of playful ‘thingymajigs’. A collection of small kinetic sculptures delicately balanced and with a raw yet refined materiality. We could have spun them all evening.
Set in their understated yet opulent showroom in Soho, BDDW is an American furniture company dedicated to creating extremely well crafted work. We are big fans of their work and the attention to detail they bring to each piece is phenomenal. The sofa with cast bronze legs is a particular favourite as were the leather clad drawers. Alongside their own work BBDW show a small selection of products by talented makers like Lindsey Adelman and Kieran Kinsella. We particularly loved Kieran’s new experiments in ceramics and colour.
Ian and Greg are the Brooklyn based duo whose bottle openers we love and sell. Their work gets stronger each year and this year for New York Design week Fort Standard released their new collection of faceted lighting at ICFF. There was also to be a new collection of cast brass candleholders at Matter but it looked like casting got tricky and we will have to wait a little longer to before they are released.