What Goes Down At The Coolest Design Fair

New York Design Week is when inspired designers, gimlet-eyed buyers, and eccentric tastemakers gather to showcase, or shop, the decor world's latest obsessions. It's like Fashion Week for people who are really, really into furniture. The main event, International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF), takes place in the massive Jacob Javits Center and hosts over 600 exhibitors from around the world. But, this is New York — you know there's got to be a more exclusive version off in the periphery somewhere.
Cue Sight Unseen OFFISITE, a downtown satellite fair started by Jill Singer and Monica Khemsurov, founders of design webzine Sight Unseen, in 2010. Jill and Monica used their sharp editing skills to curate a more intimate — but just as remarkable — experience in a raw, two-story Noho space.
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See our photos from the event ahead. But, be warned: After perusing the fresh crop of emerging designers and innovative goods, you might want to change careers so you, too, can spend your days crafting desirables. If you're tempted to change careers to that of a bank robber, so you can buy every piece in the joint, know that this route is not recommended.
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A collaboration between Sight Unseen and Print All Over Me, this squiggly seat showcases a pattern by Damien Correll and a brand new Fort Standard studio chair.
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Sight Unseen x Print All Over Me
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Jessie Finkelstein, founder of Print All Over Me.
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Surreal ceramic lamps from designer Katie Stout in collaboration with Sean Gerstley.
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Katie Stout x Sean Gerstley, Triangle Pendant Lamp
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Net lamp and multicolor woven trays from Field Experiments, a development project that pairs designers with local craftspeople all over the world.
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Field Experiments, I LOVE NY Plastic Bag Kite
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Step-stairs bookcase and shaggy rug by Brooklyn-based industrial design studio, Moving Mountains.
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Moving Mountains, Shaggy Rug
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Geometric pendant lamps by Ladies and Gentleman Studio.
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California-based artist and designer Eric Trine chilling in his Rod+Weave Chair.
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Gabriel Fredericks Cohen of Fredericks & Mae using his striped linen towel as a backdrop.
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Fredericks & Mae, Technicolor Tassels
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Fredericks & Mae, Small Darts
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Sally England, macrame artist, in front of her hand-knotted designs.
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Sally England, Hand-Knotted Macrame & Leather Wall Hanging
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Sally England, Hand-Knotted Macrame, Gold Lame, & Leather Wall Hanging
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Geometric lighting and botanicals by Farrah Sit.
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Chiaozza cofounders, Adam Frezza and Terry Chiao, sit amongst their playful sculptures.
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Chiaozza, Papier-Mâché Cacti-Inspired Sculptures
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Chiaozza, Mini Papier-Mâché Potted Plant
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Najee Wilson, dapper designer at Calico Wallpaper.
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Calico wallpaper makes a bright backdrop for this mini still-life.
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