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13 Designers Dream Up Objects With Unlikely Collaborators for Sight Unseen Offsite 2018

Coal Planters by Fernando Mastrangelo x Boyd Holbrook. Charity: Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation. Photography by Cary Whittaker.

The liminal areas between creative fields are a constant source of inspiration for Monica Khemsurov and Jill Singer, founders of Sight Unseen. So for Sight Unseen OFFSITE’s flagship exhibition during NYCxDESIGN 2018, called “Field Studies,” the duo paired 13 furniture and interior designers with creatives from such fields as food, fashion, film, art, and music. The prompt? Design a functional object together.

“The idea was to connect creatives across disciplinary boundaries so they could work outside their comfort zones, search for commonalities in their practices, and discover what interesting, unexpected ideas might result,” said the founders in a statement. Each design duo masterminded objects ranging from sconce lighting and lounge chairs to wall-mounted mirrors. Showcased at Sight Unseen’s 201 Mulberry Street hub in New York from May 17-20, each object is available for purchase on 1stdibs with net proceeds going to a charity of each pair’s choosing. 

Atlas Mirror by Bower Studios x Seth Rogen in mirrored glass, enamel paint, and walnut. Charity: Hilarity for Charity. Photography by Josh Gaddy.
Oracle Sconce by Christopher Stuart x Julia Dault in mirrored polished bronze. Charity: Center for Reproductive Rights and Greenpeace. Photography by Jessica Uçul.
Liquid Collusion light sculpture by Harry Nuriev x Liam Gillick in steel and plexiglass. Charity: Naked Heart Foundation. Photography by Mikhail Loskutov.
HW10 Valet by Home Studios x Natasha Royt in brass, leather, and marble. Charity: Planned Parenthood. Photography by Josh Gaddy.
PnKrck Armchair by Kelly Behun x Narciso Rodriguez in linen suede and lacquered oak. Charity: Aid for AIDS. Photography by Josh Gaddy.
Rebelle Ottoman by Kelly Wearstler x Aimee Song in brass, goat hair, and marble. Charity: A Sense of Home. Photography by Dan Arnold.
Sap Tall & Ikebana Vases by Ladies & Gentlemen Studio x Kaarem in silk and resin. Charity: Aid to Children Without Parents. Photography by Josh Gaddy.
Architecture of Song candleholders by The Principals x Angel Olsen in aluminum. Charity: Save the Music Foundation. Photography by Josh Gaddy.
Three Quilt Collection by Rafael de Cárdenas x Mel Ottenberg in brushed wool, silk, and suede.  Charity: The Center. Photography by Josh Gaddy.
Four Minutes Less Than an Hour by Tyler Hays x Andreu Kuo in wood, oak, and paint. Charity: Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City. Photography courtesy of Sight Unseen.
Marzipan Pianette by Wall for Apricots x Jason Schwartzman in plywood and maple. Charity: Safe Place for Youth. Photography by Dan Arnold.

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Colorful, Retro ’70s Kitchens Are Back—Thanks to Instagram

First-time home buyers have had plenty of time—years, in fact—to agonize over and favorite hundreds of thousands of images of their dream homes across Instagram, Pinterest and, even before that, Tumblr. But perhaps that’s too much time.

“Consumers are exposed to so many images of interiors daily that they get sick of styles faster,” notes interior designer Roxy Sowlaty.

Stark white open kitchens filled with natural wood and Carrara marble are now too commonplace; after nearly a decade of this clean aesthetic, the pendulum is swinging back and consumers are looking for unique designs. Which is where Sicis’ Electric Marble comes in, as a bold, yet not too flashy update. Sicis applies a neon-metallic effect to the veining of natural marble slabs, which appear to glow when the light hits. This small injection of color is an easy way to incorporate a touch of quirk, without going full rainbow.

According to the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA), “Homeowners want to feel like the space they live in is truly theirs, hence the movement in unique pieces that their neighbors don’t have.” This generation wants to be the best, the first and the most original, which is why they are willing to take more risks.

A blue stove? Flashy hardware? A patterned backsplash? Sure, anything to make their home standout.

For example, Bertazzoni’s Professional Ranges are offered in red, orange and yellow; those colors are painted on alongside flashy Italian sports cars, in the very same factory. Bertazzoni offers all the benefits of an industrial oven, in either a 30- or 36-inch model, in addition to being the category leader with a boil time below six minutes for 1/2 gallon of water. Valentina Bertazzoni, the Style and Brand Director, has seen a growing number of homeowners opt for colorful design statements and customizable products and she doesn’t anticipate seeing a slowdown anytime soon. In fact, they’ve even expanded their rainbow of options, including customization, to keep up with customer’s colorful demands.

“Millennials are the driving force behind the modern customer who lives in the present and embraces change quickly but also enjoys a grassroots foundation and sustainability. Using color correctly adds charm and charisma to a space, making it fun yet comfortable,” per the NKBA.

First time home buyers are also thinking about resale. “Millennials are thinking, ‘how can I flip this in a few years and get something even better?’” says Wesley Moon, a Manhattan-based interior designer. That stands in stark contrast to older generations, who tend to have the idea that a house is a home—for life.

Moon also brought up the idea of nostalgia. “Kelly Wearstler was one of the first to resurrect pieces from the late 1970s and early 1980s and combine them with current trends. [Now,] people are not only saturated by minimal white designs, they are also feeling nostalgic for the homes of their childhood, which had blue countertops, fun colored tiles, and vintage looking appliances,” Moon explains.

That might explain the recent uptick of interest in the I Balocchi line from Fantini. Originally designed in 1978 by Paolo Pedrizzetti and Davide Mercatali, this reissued mid-century modern sink faucet and handles comes standard in chromed red as well as nearly any color imaginable, as Fantini offers custom coloring. This retro style adds sleek Italian style to any kitchen, and can easily be swapped out if a potential buyer has different taste.

Both Moon and Sowlaty praised La Cornue‘s cooking ranges for combining a retro aesthetic with modern color stories, as well as forward-thinking technology. The brand was the first to create a convection oven, in 1908, and has been steadily advancing the technology ever since. Clients are requesting this style as of late because the colorful ovens seamlessly work in kitchens with a traditional or contemporary design.

As for the somewhat traumatizing era of avocado fridges and yellow laminate countertops in the ’70s, there is no cause for alarm. Designers and the incredibly-informed consumers are translating past color trends into modern spaces with the well-intentioned use of color. Which, unsurprisingly, makes for a perfect Instagram post.

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8 Highlights From KBIS 2018

January 10, 2018

At the annual Kitchen & Bath Industry Show taking place through January 11th in Orlando, Florida, the Maximalism trend (with a very capital M) meets clean-lined Modernism. From affordable terrazzo-look porcelain tiles to high-octane hues on professional ranges, we can’t help but be bowled away by the eye-popping designs on display.



Spare and architectural, look out for the Grid 3D-printed faucet from the Kohler-affiliated brand when it launches in summer 2018. “Intrigued by the fundamentals of the De Stijl movement and how it embraced the de-massing of a design has always sparked my imagination,” explains Kallista’s Design Studio manager Bill McKeone.

Grid by Kallista.


The Italian manufacturer engineers a new Professional series of ranges in 30”, 36” and 48” widths with clean lines and a stylish yet functional temperature gauge inspired by chronograph watch dials. Automobile-grade finishes come in vibrant orange, red, and yellow as well as classic black and white.

Professional series by Bertazzoni.

Ann Sacks

LA-based designer Kelly Wearstler returns with her fourth collection for the American-based tile company, a long-standing provider of now-trending encaustic tile. Dubbed Gem, the collection includes Elope, a swirling pattern combining two colorways; Swell, an organic yet graphic pattern of curved lines; and Evoke, a marbled pattern adorned with hand-applied squiggles.

Evoke by Kelly Wearstler for Ann Sacks.


A sculptural form in engineered quartz reads high-contrast in colorways Unique Marquina and Unique Calacatta. The piece was conceived as a modernist hammam, or Turkish bath, by Valencia-based GG Architects

Hammam by Compac.

Dekton by Cosentino

Designer Daniel Germani‘s DeKauri credenza reimagines the bathroom sink by tucking it away inside an elegant credenza made in collaboration with Italian furniture maker Riva 1920. The Dekton washbasinplays off 40,000-year-old Kauri wood from New Zealand. Thin-profile brass lighting by New York-based Juniper Design outfits the interior. “DeKauri is a modern-day heirloom,” says the designer. 

DeKauri credenza by Dekton by Cosentino.


Marble, with an edge. Sicis turns up the volume on stone standbys with Electric Marble, its fuschia, turquoise, gold, or silver veining applied to their thin-profile Vetrite material.

Electric Marble by Sicis.

Artistic Tile

Get the coveted look of terrazzo without the high price tag and endless maintenance with the maker’s durable Pavimento porcelain tile in a pleasingly large 32” square format. 

Pavimento by Artistic Tile.


The Italian maker introduces three new finishes—street-smart Gun Metal, rosy Matte Copper, and soft British Gold, the later based on the historic hue of the mined material found in England.

Gun Metal, Matte Copper, and British Gold finishes by Fantini.

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