Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Spotlight on... the Sight
Unseen shop

After writing about a Sight Unseen competition last week, I discovered the online US craft magazine has a shop dedicated to selling hand-made products by artists and designers.

The shop has recently extended its remit from just selling wearables to including a few very nice homewares, all produced in tiny batches.

These mugs are designed by former print-maker, Josephine Heilpern under the name Recreation Center. They are about £18 ($30).

In case you're not familiar with Sight Unseen, the magazine is dedicated, very broadly, to craft, but has its own unique style in tackling the topic. Founded by three former staff from i-D magazine, it aims to go behind the scenes of design, art, fashion, food, photography and other creative disciplines, and to "uncover the stories, inspirations and obsessions of people who love to make things". A good bookmark.


Love this unusual pair of geometric bookends by Brendan Timmins (around £60, or $100). Made from steel, marble, and zigzags of painted pine, they’re inspired by architectural ruins.

Above: as Sight Unseen say, "if any product was ever in need of a makeover, it's the wind chime". And this one – made from brass, copper and aluminium sheets, leather, wood and salvaged stained glass – as they add, "shakes off that candle-shop-in Woodstock vibe once and for all". Designed by Ladies and Gentlemen Studio, it costs around £108 ($180).

Below: it's pretty extravagant to spend £18 ($30) on a coaster, but these Kiel Mead brass designs are very good-looking aren't they? The designer, who hand sands the designs onto each disc, says his mission is to "make the mundane more precious".

It's true that none of the products, being either made to order, produced in very small runs and often by one-person design outfits, are especially cheap. Add (UK readers) the infuriating import tax on anything over £15 and the shop might just be for window browsing. Luckily, the shop – as the magazine – is as interested in the stories behind the designs and features links to studio tours, how-it's-made videos, home tours and more: below is Kiel Mead's living room, for example...

...and here is how Ladies and Gentlemen illustrated their response to a question about their influences...

Nice. A great way to discover up-and-coming talent and get an insight into various creative minds.

Visit Sightunseen.com/shop

Post by Kate

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