Hands down, it’s always our favorite design month event, and this year, we got a sneak peek at the curated collection of independent designers that co-founders Monica Khemsurov and Jill Singer brought together, along with five of their favorite up-and-coming trends.
Thick, tubular forms
The ‘70s are back, and chunky shapes and fat silhouettes are here to prove it. “This trend has percolating for awhile,” says Khemsurov, nothing that the abundance of fatter forms is connected to the resurgence of 1970s-inspired design.
Pieces like the Norway x New York sofa by
Graphic, geometric seating is making a statement. “It’s a corollary to the thick tubular forms,” says Khemsurov, noting that designers are combining lighter volumes with upholstery to soften them up so they feel more comfortable. In some instances, like with the collection from
She adds, “A lot of designers we know grew up in the throes of minimalism, and the way that they go outside of those boundaries is by mixing materials and playing with textures.”
“Our favorite project in Milan [
“It’s a super saturated color, that still looks super sophisticated and slick,” says Khemsurov. “You get an elevated feel that you can’t get with powder coating.”
Yes, glass is trending. The of-the-moment designers featured at Offsite—
“For a long time, the glassblowers were just technicians or craftspeople,” notes Khemsurov. “In design right now, glass is occupying a space in between those things. It’s not only about being a functional craft that’s for hire, and it’s not only about being this crazy artistic thing where people are just showing off skills. Now it’s a real design medium.”