"The big comment we got was 'oh, this reminds me of [TV show] Saved By the Bell'," said Jesse Finkelstein, who founded Print All Over Me with his sister Meredith.
Print All Over Me's digital printing service allows anyone to upload any graphic they chose, and have it printed onto white garments and accessories.
For this project, designers created patterns for garments and furniture pieces that were printed onto fabric and upholstery using the service.
The bold colours and strong graphics used for the prints and the styling of the photoshoot are reminiscent of those used by members of 1980s and 1990s Italian design movement Memphis.
"Memphis was definitely a unifying theme amongst the prints, and I think this speaks generally to a nostalgia," Finkelstein told Dezeen. "We're obviously seeing a 1990s moment in fashion, but its references are a bit more tech and future inspired. The group of prints shown at Sight Unseen represent a similar touchstone but far less ominous."
"Memphis is clearly back and I feel that while the furniture and industrial design community has been ready to embrace, fashion has lagged, which is interesting because I often feel that fashion tends to be the trend driver," Finkelstein commented.
"Promoting this aesthetic wasn't our intention, however, by virtue of working with a lot of designers that create textiles and materials for home, I think we were tapping into that current."
Designers Camille Walala, Louie Rigano and Saskia Pomeroy were asked to apply all-over prints to bomber jackets, dresses, T-shirts, backpacks and other clothing. Brooklyn studio Snarkitecture also created a range of prints for garments.
Seattle designer Erich Ginder modified his faceted Dot/Dash lamp to display a digital illustration by Santtu Mustonen and Will Bryant created a series of beanbag chairs.
Graphic designer Damien Correll created a squiggly blue pattern printed onto the leather sling seat of a new wooden chair by Brooklyn brand Fort Standard, while fashion designer Ellen Van Dusen lent one of her colourful geometric prints to four new outdoor seats by Eric Trine.
Finkelstein believes that the resurgence of bolder prints is driving simpler shapes in clothes themselves – something he dubs the "Instagram effect" – which will eventually influence furniture design.
"The Instagram effect is very real," said Finkelstein. "There's clearly a flattening of design, where prints are becoming responsible for dimension and scale. So in fashion shapes are becoming simpler, and the prints are driving much of the visual interest and I would imagine that this will also have an affect on home and furniture design as well."
The collection was shown at the Sight Unseen Offsite exhibition during New York design week – see our pick of the designers and studios from the event.
- Clothes rack by Martha Schwindling looks… like a bean trellis
- Narrative Identities by Nadia Troeman
- Morgans by Andrée Putman for Emeco
- Departed Glory by Wieki Somers
- Katharina Gross adapts candle-making pro…cess to create wax tables
- Moreno Ratti's marble vase stacks like a… mathematical puzzle
- Sebastian Herkner's Collar Lamp pairs ha…nd-blown glass with a spun aluminium shade
- Archive of Years to Come by Koby Barhad
- Hedda Torgersen's anthropomorphic Boo la…mp to be exhibited at 100% Norway
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