Lasers in a Gallery: Rita McBride’s Particulates

                                                <a href="http://design-milk.com/lasers-gallery-rita-mcbrides-particulates/rita_mcbride_dia_chelsea_01/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://design-milk.com/images/2017/11/rita_mcbride_dia_chelsea_01-810x540.jpg" alt="Lasers in a Gallery: Rita McBride’s Particulates" /></a>
                                Sixteen high-intensity lasers cut through the misty air of a dark garage in West Chelsea. The latest work by artist <a href="http://www.ritamcbride.net/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Rita McBride</a> feels like an inter-dimensional wormhole. It&#8217;s beautiful, legitimately dangerous, and it just took Art History to a new level.
Particulates will remain on view in New York at Dia:Chelsea, a former marble-cutting facility, through June. The building looks completely shuttered – enter through the single doorway on the right with the “Danger: Laser Radiation” sign. Besides the lasers, materials are listed as “site-specific particulates, ambient extraterrestrial dust, and water molecules (which I’m pretty sure is just the coolest way to say “regular dust and mist”). I love it.

Rita McBride, Particulates

Rita McBride, Particulates (and me)

Rita McBride, Particulates (detail)

The zig-zagging fence in the room is not to be ignored: It is both legally necessary AND a separate sculpture. Titled Barriers 2017, it consists of
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Loop Installation by COS x Snarkitecture

                                                <a href="http://design-milk.com/loop-cos-x-snarkitecture/loop_cosxsnarkitecture_7/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://design-milk.com/images/2017/11/loop_cosxsnarkitecture_7-810x607.jpg" alt="Loop Installation by COS x Snarkitecture" /></a>
                                Loop is an installation located at the Gana Art Center in Seoul, South Korea, created in collaboration between <a href="http://cosstores.com/us/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">COS</a> and <a href="http://www.snarkitecture.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Snarkitecture</a>. The installation features four distinct metal tracks that intertwine throughout the white exhibition space. 100,000 marbles introduced one at a time per every five seconds brings the installation to life.
The marbles are formed in white glass, and proceed along 400 meters of track that is constructed in a light blue powder-coated aluminum. Co-founder of Snarkitecture Daniel Arsham states, “Our intention was to create a contemplative environment with Loop – a space that was not immediately understood upon entering. While we wanted the design to be playful, we were mindful of creating a work that provided an escape. It was important to offer a setting and feeling that were completely new and inspiring to visitors.” The COS x Snarkitecture installation is open between 10am-7pm every day at the Gana Art
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Prismverse: An Installation of Geometrical Tessellated Mirror Walls

                                                <a href="http://design-milk.com/prismverse-an-installation-of-geometrical-tessellated-mirror-walls/prismverse-chris-cheung-1/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://design-milk.com/images/2017/10/Prismverse-Chris-Cheung-1-810x540.jpg" alt="Prismverse: An Installation of Geometrical Tessellated Mirror Walls" /></a>
                                Artist Chris Cheung, known as <a href="https://www.instagram.com/honhim/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">honhim</a>, and his team, <a href="http://xex.com.hk/works/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">XEX</a>, created a jaw-dropping, immersive installation called <a href="http://xex.com.hk/works/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Prismverse</a> that might make you feel like you&#8217;re living inside a faceted stone. The trippy, audio/visual experience was designed for skincare brand Dr.Jart+ to delight your senses as you enter and walk through the structure that&#8217;s outfitted with walls of tessellated mirrors.
The installation was inspired by how light passes through a brilliant cut diamond and the resulting brilliance that comes through the top of it. The LED floor and the geometric shapes on the walls work in combination to provide an experience like no other, as if you were transported inside of a diamond.
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Jiyoun Kim’s 24 Dokkaebi Stools Are Inspired by Korean Trolls

                                                <a href="http://design-milk.com/jiyoun-kims-24-dokkaebi-stools-inspired-korean-trolls/dokkaebi_stool_outdoor_002/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://2.design-milk.com/images/2017/07/dokkaebi_stool_outdoor_002-810x507.jpg" alt="Jiyoun Kim’s 24 Dokkaebi Stools Are Inspired by Korean Trolls" /></a>
                                Metal cylinder seats are about the farthest thing you’d find in a park but creative director Jiyoun Kim of <a href="http://www.jiyounkim.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">JiyounKim Studio</a> has found a place for them in <a href="http://www.hangangartpark.kr/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Hangang Art Park in the city of Seoul</a> with a very fitting, fairy tale-inspired reason. The Hangang Art Park was created by the Seoul government to introduce art into ordinary parks. Four artists including Kim were asked to create installations centered on the topic of <em>suim</em> which means “resting.”
For Kim, he decided to create 24 Dokkaebi Stools. A dokkaebi is the Korean equivalent of a troll in European fairytales except that instead of wreaking havoc, a dokkaebi is a joyful spirit that rewards people for doing good deeds and punishes others for doing bad deeds. The stools are made of stainless steel that have been polished to a mirror finish with eight different colorful gradient tops inspired by the colors
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WALALA X PLAY: A Colorful, Interactive Installation by Camille Walala

                                                <a href="http://design-milk.com/walala-x-play-a-colorful-interactive-installation-by-camille-walala/walala-x-play-camille-walala-1/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://1.design-milk.com/images/2017/07/WALALA-X-PLAY-Camille-Walala-1-810x558.jpg" alt="WALALA X PLAY: A Colorful, Interactive Installation by Camille Walala" /></a>
                                We fell hard for the French-born <a href="http://camillewalala.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Camille Walala</a> last year after <a href="http://design-milk.com/artist-camille-walala-london/"  rel="noopener" data-wpel-link="internal">spending the day with her</a> in her adopted hometown of East London. Now, the artist/designer has created an eye-popping interactive installation, <a href="http://nowgallery.co.uk/exhibitions/walala-x-play/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">WALALA X PLAY</a>, that&#8217;s complete with her signature graphic patterns, geometric shapes, and bold colors.
Walala was invited as NOW Gallery’s 2017 Design Collaborator for their summer program and she doesn’t disappoint. She created a colorful maze that references the waterways of the Greenwich Peninsula, the curve of the Thames, and the shape and angles of the building. From above, the layout of the installation perfectly mirrors the aerial view of the location. Visitors are invited to immerse themselves within the playful labyrinth of geometries and patterns that are often broken and distorted for visual effect, and challenged to spot the differences. WALALA X PLAY is on display through September 24th, 2017 at NOW Gallery in London.

WALALA X PLAY: A Colorful, Interactive Installation by Camille Walala

                                                <a href="http://design-milk.com/walala-x-play-a-colorful-interactive-installation-by-camille-walala/walala-x-play-camille-walala-1/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://1.design-milk.com/images/2017/07/WALALA-X-PLAY-Camille-Walala-1-810x558.jpg" alt="WALALA X PLAY: A Colorful, Interactive Installation by Camille Walala" /></a>
                                We fell hard for the French-born <a href="http://camillewalala.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Camille Walala</a> last year after <a href="http://design-milk.com/artist-camille-walala-london/"  rel="noopener" data-wpel-link="internal">spending the day with her</a> in her adopted hometown of East London. Now, the artist/designer has created an eye-popping interactive installation, <a href="http://nowgallery.co.uk/exhibitions/walala-x-play/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">WALALA X PLAY</a>, that&#8217;s complete with her signature graphic patterns, geometric shapes, and bold colors.
Walala was invited as NOW Gallery’s 2017 Design Collaborator for their summer program and she doesn’t disappoint. She created a colorful maze that references the waterways of the Greenwich Peninsula, the curve of the Thames, and the shape and angles of the building. From above, the layout of the installation perfectly mirrors the aerial view of the location. Visitors are invited to immerse themselves within the playful labyrinth of geometries and patterns that are often broken and distorted for visual effect, and challenged to spot the differences. WALALA X PLAY is on display through September 24th, 2017 at NOW Gallery in London.

WALALA X PLAY: A Colorful, Interactive Installation by Camille Walala

                                                <a href="http://design-milk.com/walala-x-play-a-colorful-interactive-installation-by-camille-walala/walala-x-play-camille-walala-1/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://1.design-milk.com/images/2017/07/WALALA-X-PLAY-Camille-Walala-1-810x558.jpg" alt="WALALA X PLAY: A Colorful, Interactive Installation by Camille Walala" /></a>
                                We fell hard for the French-born <a href="http://camillewalala.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Camille Walala</a> last year after <a href="http://design-milk.com/artist-camille-walala-london/"  rel="noopener" data-wpel-link="internal">spending the day with her</a> in her adopted hometown of East London. Now, the artist/designer has created an eye-popping interactive installation, <a href="http://nowgallery.co.uk/exhibitions/walala-x-play/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">WALALA X PLAY</a>, that&#8217;s complete with her signature graphic patterns, geometric shapes, and bold colors.
Walala was invited as NOW Gallery’s 2017 Design Collaborator for their summer program and she doesn’t disappoint. She created a colorful maze that references the waterways of the Greenwich Peninsula, the curve of the Thames, and the shape and angles of the building. From above, the layout of the installation perfectly mirrors the aerial view of the location. Visitors are invited to immerse themselves within the playful labyrinth of geometries and patterns that are often broken and distorted for visual effect, and challenged to spot the differences. WALALA X PLAY is on display through September 24th, 2017 at NOW Gallery in London.

WALALA X PLAY: A Colorful, Interactive Installation by Camille Walala

                                                <a href="http://design-milk.com/walala-x-play-a-colorful-interactive-installation-by-camille-walala/walala-x-play-camille-walala-1/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://1.design-milk.com/images/2017/07/WALALA-X-PLAY-Camille-Walala-1-810x558.jpg" alt="WALALA X PLAY: A Colorful, Interactive Installation by Camille Walala" /></a>
                                We fell hard for the French-born <a href="http://camillewalala.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Camille Walala</a> last year after <a href="http://design-milk.com/artist-camille-walala-london/"  rel="noopener" data-wpel-link="internal">spending the day with her</a> in her adopted hometown of East London. Now, the artist/designer has created an eye-popping interactive installation, <a href="http://nowgallery.co.uk/exhibitions/walala-x-play/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">WALALA X PLAY</a>, that&#8217;s complete with her signature graphic patterns, geometric shapes, and bold colors.
Walala was invited as NOW Gallery’s 2017 Design Collaborator for their summer program and she doesn’t disappoint. She created a colorful maze that references the waterways of the Greenwich Peninsula, the curve of the Thames, and the shape and angles of the building. From above, the layout of the installation perfectly mirrors the aerial view of the location. Visitors are invited to immerse themselves within the playful labyrinth of geometries and patterns that are often broken and distorted for visual effect, and challenged to spot the differences. WALALA X PLAY is on display through September 24th, 2017 at NOW Gallery in London.

WALALA X PLAY: A Colorful, Interactive Installation by Camille Walala

                                                <a href="http://design-milk.com/walala-x-play-a-colorful-interactive-installation-by-camille-walala/walala-x-play-camille-walala-1/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://1.design-milk.com/images/2017/07/WALALA-X-PLAY-Camille-Walala-1-810x558.jpg" alt="WALALA X PLAY: A Colorful, Interactive Installation by Camille Walala" /></a>
                                We fell hard for the French-born <a href="http://camillewalala.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Camille Walala</a> last year after <a href="http://design-milk.com/artist-camille-walala-london/"  rel="noopener" data-wpel-link="internal">spending the day with her</a> in her adopted hometown of East London. Now, the artist/designer has created an eye-popping interactive installation, <a href="http://nowgallery.co.uk/exhibitions/walala-x-play/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">WALALA X PLAY</a>, that&#8217;s complete with her signature graphic patterns, geometric shapes, and bold colors.
Walala was invited as NOW Gallery’s 2017 Design Collaborator for their summer program and she doesn’t disappoint. She created a colorful maze that references the waterways of the Greenwich Peninsula, the curve of the Thames, and the shape and angles of the building. From above, the layout of the installation perfectly mirrors the aerial view of the location. Visitors are invited to immerse themselves within the playful labyrinth of geometries and patterns that are often broken and distorted for visual effect, and challenged to spot the differences. WALALA X PLAY is on display through September 24th, 2017 at NOW Gallery in London.

WALALA X PLAY: A Colorful, Interactive Installation by Camille Walala

                                                <a href="http://design-milk.com/walala-x-play-a-colorful-interactive-installation-by-camille-walala/walala-x-play-camille-walala-1/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://1.design-milk.com/images/2017/07/WALALA-X-PLAY-Camille-Walala-1-810x558.jpg" alt="WALALA X PLAY: A Colorful, Interactive Installation by Camille Walala" /></a>
                                We fell hard for the French-born <a href="http://camillewalala.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Camille Walala</a> last year after <a href="http://design-milk.com/artist-camille-walala-london/"  rel="noopener" data-wpel-link="internal">spending the day with her</a> in her adopted hometown of East London. Now, the artist/designer has created an eye-popping interactive installation, <a href="http://nowgallery.co.uk/exhibitions/walala-x-play/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">WALALA X PLAY</a>, that&#8217;s complete with her signature graphic patterns, geometric shapes, and bold colors.
Walala was invited as NOW Gallery’s 2017 Design Collaborator for their summer program and she doesn’t disappoint. She created a colorful maze that references the waterways of the Greenwich Peninsula, the curve of the Thames, and the shape and angles of the building. From above, the layout of the installation perfectly mirrors the aerial view of the location. Visitors are invited to immerse themselves within the playful labyrinth of geometries and patterns that are often broken and distorted for visual effect, and challenged to spot the differences. WALALA X PLAY is on display through September 24th, 2017 at NOW Gallery in London.

OEO Studio Creates an Immersive Experience for the FLOS Scandinavia Showroom

                                                <a href="http://design-milk.com/oeo-studio-creates-immersive-experience-flos-scandinavia-showroom/flos-showroom-oeo-29/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://1.design-milk.com/images/2017/06/flos-showroom-oeo-29-810x540.jpg" alt="OEO Studio Creates an Immersive Experience for the FLOS Scandinavia Showroom" /></a>
                                There are showrooms, and then there are <em>showrooms</em>. The new <a href="http://www.oeo.dk/flos-scandinavia" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">FLOS Scandinavia</a> showroom in Denmark designed by <a href="http://www.oeo.dk/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">OEO Studio</a> is definitely the latter.
WATCH: Located inside an old building that served as a tractor repair workshop, the 500 m2 industrial warehouse showcases the iconic FLOS products in a way that’s playful and immersive. Instead of just using bookcases and shelves, OEO Studio created spatial, architectural elements that function as backdrops or partitions to let the products really shine. For example, a sculptural staircase displays glowing orbs on its steps and charcoal room dividers within the open space floor act as platforms for the fixtures. Perhaps the most attention-commanding element is the small Cover House that’s clad with brick from Danish brickwork manufacturer Petersen Tegl and highlights the beauty of FLOS’ simple, minimalist designs. The numerous juxtapositions – of old and new, natural and artificial light, history and modernity – creates
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British Furniture Designer Sebastian Cox Hails ‘Traditional as Radical’

                                                <a href="http://design-milk.com/british-furniture-designer-sebastian-cox-hails-traditional-radical/design_milk_sebastian_cox_03/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://2.design-milk.com/images/2017/06/Design_Milk_Sebastian_Cox_03-810x810.jpg" alt="British Furniture Designer Sebastian Cox Hails &#8216;Traditional as Radical&#8217;" /></a>
                                &#8216;Traditional as radical&#8217; was the title of <a href="http://www.sebastiancox.co.uk/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Sebastian Cox&#8217;s</a> Master&#8217;s thesis in 2010, and it&#8217;s a phrase he&#8217;s recently revived as the strapline for his British furniture design business. But what does it mean? &#8220;I explored coppiced hazel as part of my master&#8217;s degree in sustainable design at Lincoln University,&#8221; he explains. &#8220;I was using this ancient means of woodland management to create contemporary, designed objects with the potential to change the way people engage with the materials they choose to furnish their homes.&#8221;
When he was studying, bamboo was all the rage due to its sustainability – it is fast-growing and self-replenishing, but having grown up amongst British woodlands, Cox couldn’t help but wonder if the trees on our doorsteps couldn’t offer the same environmental credentials. “I can remember thinking, I’m sure coppicing produces the same result,” he says. Forests in Britain have been coppiced for thousands of
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Henrique Oliveira’s Devir: An Invasive Sculpture

                                                <a href="http://design-milk.com/henrique-oliveiras-devir-invasive-sculpture/henrique_oliveira_van_de_weghe_01/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://design-milk.com/images/2017/06/Henrique_Oliveira_Van_De_Weghe_01-810x527.jpg" alt="Henrique Oliveira&#8217;s Devir: An Invasive Sculpture" /></a>
                                Artist <a href="http://www.henriqueoliveira.com/"  rel="noopener noreferrer external" data-wpel-link="external">Henrique Oliveira</a> has been building massive organic sculptures for over a decade: The beam-morphing <a href="http://www.henriqueoliveira.com/portu/comercio_i.asp?flg_Lingua=1&amp;cod_Artista=1&amp;cod_Serie=31"  rel="noopener noreferrer external" data-wpel-link="external">“Baitogogo” in Paris in 2013</a>, and the house tumor-like <a href="http://www.henriqueoliveira.com/portu/comercio_i.asp?flg_Lingua=1&amp;cod_Artista=1&amp;cod_Serie=4" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">“Tampumes” in Brazil in 2009</a>. And FINALLY one of his sculptures has sprouted in New York City’s Upper East Side. And it’s A-MAZ-ING.

Devir (detail)

Devir (detail)

Simply put, Oliveira raises the dead. He uses plywood scraps found at construction sites to build temporary twisting organic forms that overtake rooms like beautiful monsters. This single room installation is titled “Devir” – which, as the gallery notes, “roughly translates to the concept of constant change”.

Henrique Oliveira, Devir, 2017

Visitors are encouraged to enter the sculpture (you must crouch/crawl pretty low to get in the back – I recommend it), which feels less threatening and more wondrous.

Henrique Oliveira, sketch for “Devir”, 2017

And I LOVE the address. You will NOT find this in the typical Chelsea gallery district
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Native & Co Combine Craft and Design to Promote Japanese and Taiwanese Culture

                                <em>In the second of our new monthly series, profiling designers based in the UK and Europe, our Editor at Large Katie Treggiden talks to London-based designers and curators <a href="https://www.nativeandco.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Native &amp; Co</a>.</em>
                                                <a href="http://design-milk.com/native-co-combine-craft-design-promote-japanese-taiwanese-culture/design_milk_native__co_fi/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://design-milk.com/images/2017/06/Design_Milk_Native__Co_FI-810x810.jpg" alt="Native &#038; Co Combine Craft and Design to Promote Japanese and Taiwanese Culture" /></a>
                                British-Japanese Chris Yoshiro Green and Taiwan-born Sharon Jo-Yun Hung met while studying on the art foundation course at London’s Chelsea College of Art. They both went on to study product design at Central Saint Martins and bonded over their shared love of cultural projects that were perhaps more conceptual than commercial – Sharon’s graduate project focused on the social identity of Taiwan’s indigenous tribes, while Chris explored the rituals of Japanese funeral ceremonies. “Looking back, I think our tutors noticed that we were a team, but were a bit perplexed by our ideas,” laughs Sharon.
As products of a course that, at that time at least, was more focused on training designers for industry, their path since graduation hasn’t
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CDW17: Experiencing Design at Clerkenwell Design Week

                                                <a href="http://design-milk.com/cdw17-experiencing-design-clerkenwell-design-week/design_milk_cdw17_fi/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://design-milk.com/images/2017/06/Design_Milk_CDW17_FI-810x810.jpg" alt="CDW17: Experiencing Design at Clerkenwell Design Week" /></a>
                                Now that new product launches are instantly disseminated the world over through social media and blogs like this one, design festivals have to try harder to reward those who visit in person, whether that&#8217;s through hyper-local design or live experiences. Clerkenwell, a tiny area of London that gets its own festival due to the sheer number of creatives based there (there are rumored to be more architects per square foot than anywhere else in the world) and its <a href="http://www.clerkenwelldesignweek.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Design Week</a> is no exception.
Commissioned by our very own Editor at Large, Katie Treggiden, the Curved Twist installation at Desso‘s flooring showroom was created by Kia Utzon-Frank and Faye McCaul, combining Kia’s patent pending Louver Twisting Comb system, a frame made from recycled yogurt pots, and 21,500 dichroic rods that Faye knitted into a screen that changes color depending on the light and angle it is viewed from. It really came alive in natural daylight and had
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WantedDesign Manhattan 2017 Favorites

                                <p class="p1">Visiting the <a href="http://www.wanteddesignnyc.com/wd2017/manhattan/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">WantedDesign Manhattan</a> exhibition is always one of our favorites during <a href="http://design-milk.com/tag/nycxdesign" data-wpel-link="internal">NYCxDesign</a> week and this year was no exception. It was a packed house, filled with attendees, modern design, creative makers, and forward-moving thinkers. As we made our way from one end to the other of the Terminal Stores, a few exhibitors caught our eyes – here are some of our favorites:</p>
                                                <a href="http://design-milk.com/wanteddesign-manhattan-2017/wanteddesign-2017-kinoguerin/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://design-milk.com/images/2017/06/wanteddesign-2017-kinoguerin-810x672.jpg" alt="WantedDesign Manhattan 2017 Favorites" /></a>
                                We’ve shared <a href="http://kinoguerin.com/en/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Kino Guérin’s</a> Why Knot Table <a href="http://design-milk.com/why-knot-table-by-kino-guerin/" data-wpel-link="internal">before</a> so we were excited to see his latest collection of twisty and multi-functional shelves.
Tat Chao applies a “no glue, no screws” philosophy when it comes to his products. These acrylic and wood baskets are a modern and minimalist way to store your apples and oranges. The nice thing about them is that they can be assembled within seconds and flat-packed for easy storage and transport. It was nice to put away our phone for a second and make
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Sight Unseen OFFSITE 2017

                                <a href="http://offsite.sightunseen.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Sight Unseen OFFSITE</a> is always one of our favorite events during NYCxDESIGN that we get to check out. This year, the show was more scaled back with just 25 exhibitors on the roster, which proved to be the perfectly curated display of some of the best work of independent modern makers. Take a look at some of our favorites.
                                                <a href="http://design-milk.com/sight-unseen-offsite-2017/sightunseenoffsite-2017-1-crosby-studios/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://design-milk.com/images/2017/05/SightUnseenOffsite-2017-1-Crosby-Studios-810x628.jpg" alt="Sight Unseen OFFSITE 2017" /></a>
                                <a href="http://crosby-studios.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Crosby Studios</a> launched its second collection of minimalist, architectural-inspired furniture and objects, including a chair, two library bookcases, a light fixture, and a rug.
Every single year Elyse Graham manages to launch a collection that you just can’t seem to take your eyes off of and this year was no exception. She presented an array of Resin Vessels that are composed of pigmented resin that’s poured layer by layer into a mold and then carved and sanded to reveal geometric and colorful patterns. Fernando Mastrangelo featured a mesmerizing collection called the Ridge
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Breaking Technology: Walead Beshty’s New Sculpture

                                                <a href="http://design-milk.com/breaking-technology-walead-beshtys-new-sculpture/walead_beshty_petzel_01/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://2.design-milk.com/images/2017/05/walead_beshty_petzel_01-810x540.jpg" alt="Breaking Technology: Walead Beshty&#8217;s New Sculpture" /></a>
                                <a href="http://www.petzel.com/artists/walead-beshty/"  rel="noopener noreferrer external" data-wpel-link="external">Walead Beshty</a> just drilled a 12-inch hole through the middle of a 90-inch TV, and it’s amazing. The Los Angeles artist&#8217;s destructively perfect show &#8220;<a href="http://www.petzel.com/exhibitions/2017-04-20_walead-beshty/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Open Source</a>&#8221; is on view at <a href="http://www.petzel.com/"  rel="noopener noreferrer external" data-wpel-link="external">Petzel Gallery</a> in New York, and includes a full range of misused technology: multiple sawed TVs, impaled scanners, misprocessed photographs and fingerprint-collecting sculptures, that all find beauty in the risk of total failure.

Sharp LC-90LE657U 90-inch Aquos HD 1080p 120Hz 3D Smart LED TV, 2017

Walead Beshty, Open Source, Installation view, Petzel, 2017

Walead Beshty, Open Source, Installation view, Petzel, 2017

Detail of Sharp LC-90LE657U 90-inch Aquos HD 1080p 120Hz 3D Smart LED TV, 2017

In addition to the 3 partially destroyed TVs (2 more are sawed completely in half), an iMac and 2 scanners are impaled on 6-foot tall poles… all of which are still “alive”. The screen of the iMac glows with a similar pattern
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Conduct by UM Project x Flavor Paper

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                                Leave it to <a href="https://www.flavorpaper.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Flavor Paper</a> and <a href="http://www.umproject.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">UM Project</a> to turn a product/project on its head. Both brands always have a way of doing the unexpected – and doing it well – and now they&#8217;ve partnered up on an innovative collaboration called <a href="http://www.umproject.com/conduct"  rel="noopener noreferrer external" data-wpel-link="external">Conduct</a>. When you think of wallpaper, I imagine you think of patterned paper that decorates your walls, right? Well, scratch everything you thought you knew about it and check this out.
Conduct brings wall coverings to an entirely new level by throwing in an interactive experience that merges design with electricity – but this time not buried behind the walls. Using wallpaper that’s decked out with conductive ink and a series of five functional devices, the experience begins when a user closes the electrical loop and turns the display on with sounds, lights, and motion. What typically is a two-dimensional design is suddenly a tech-infused, completely unexpected, three-dimensional experience with
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