Highlights of Sight Unseen Offsite
at New York design week

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Shapeup lamps by Ladies and Gentleman Studio

New York 2014: Dezeen style editor Dan Howarth picks his top five designers and studios not to miss at New York's Sight Unseen Offsite exhibition, which opens today.

Coinciding with New York's festival of design this week, the Sight Unseen Offsite exhibition will showcase products by local and international designers at 200 Lafayette Street in Manhattan.

Shapeup lamps by Ladies and Gentleman Studio
Shapeup lamps by Ladies and Gentleman Studio (also main image)

Designers Dylan Davis and Jean Lee, founders of US atelier Ladies and Gentleman studio, are showing lighting pieces with pendants in mismatched materials including copper and coloured glass.

Shapeup lamps by Ladies and Gentleman Studio
Shapeup lamps by Ladies and Gentleman Studio

The Shapeup pendants hang at different heights from a single cord that zigzags up and down from the ceiling, sometimes interspersed with weights.

A-framed mirrors by Moving Mountains
A-Framed mirrors by Moving Mountains

Brooklyn studio Moving Mountains is displaying simple designs including the wooden A-Framed Mirror, painted bright orange on the back, and a pair of lamps with engineered marble bases and slender powder-coated steel stems.

Aspect lamps by Moving Mountains
Aspect lamps by Moving Mountains

Both Aspect lamps have pivoting conical shades, but the floor lamp has a straight stand while the desk version curves over.

Omkompositioner clocks by Jenny Nordberg
Omkompositioner clocks by Jenny Nordberg

The 1980s Memphis style revival we spotted in Milan last month has been transported across the Atlantic, and can be seen in Swedish designer Jenny Nordberg's series of clocks made from blocky geometric forms and patterned with speckles.

Omkompositioner clock by Jenny Nordberg
Omkompositioner clock by Jenny Nordberg

One of the timekeeping devices – which are from her Omkompositioner collection – incorporates candle sticks, while another has an egg-shaped element balanced on top.

Aurora by Calico Wallpaper
Aurora by Calico Wallpaper

Following a recent flurry of new wallpaper designs, Brooklyn-based Calico Wallpaper has created a collection of gradated designs that blend cool and warm tones, titled Aurora. The effects were developed by suspending mineral pigments in liquid then transferring them to linen fabric by hand.

Neo Laminati chair by Kelly Behun Studio
Neo Laminati chair by Kelly Behun Studio

Finally, the monochrome Neo Laminati pieces by New York collective Kelly Behun Studio will be difficult to miss. Bold black and white stripes are digitally printed onto seating and tables formed from perpendicular and 45-degree-angled planes. The designers took influence from a variety of 20th century design movements – including Memphis, again.

Neo Laminati stools by Kelly Behun Studio
Neo Laminati stools by Kelly Behun Studio

The design fair is organised by online magazine Sight Unseen, founded by design journalists Jill Singer and Monica Khemsurov who set up the NoHo Design District that took place for the previous three years as an alternative to the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF). Sight Unseen Offsite continues until 20 May.

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  • moya woaimoya

    In the eighth picture, how to make a gradient wall? Spray paint?