Art & Design
Preview the Best Design Newcomers Showing at Offsite
Three years ago, two former magazine editors “entrenched” in the American design scene banded together and launched Offsite, the real-life accompaniment to their design site, Sight Unseen. This year, though, Monica Khemsurov and Jill Singer have gone decidedly more than domestic: “First we added this Canadian contingent, and now it’s really people from all over – Russia, Germany, London,” Singer said of the 68 exhibitors showing in New York from May 13th to 16th. Most importantly, though, almost all the work is entirely new, and much of it commissioned – the duo have a taste for unexpected matchmaking, like pairing up-and-comers with industrial suppliers, or Norwegian designers, with their sleek sensibility, with more DIY Americans in collaborative projects. “We really discourage people from showing the same thing that they showed in Milan or a previous American show, just because we want that sense of discovery once people come into the fair,” Singer said. A peek at her guide to the best of the new crop, here.