Sight Unseen Presents


This May, Sight Unseen is launching a new project called Sight Unseen Presents, a curated event series meant to increase the visibility of New York Design Week by activating a dozen retail spaces and restaurants around the city with design content and programming, from May 16-23. Sight Unseen will create its second-ever print magazine to document and promote the series, which will be available for free at our participating venues: Coming Soon, Rachel Comey, The Primary Essentials, Paintbox, Picture Room, Canal Street Market, Dimes, Lalito, Mission Chinese, Creatures of Comfort, and Anthom. Partners in the series for 2017 include Breather and Kasthall.

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25 Mercer Street
New York, NY 10013
May 15-31
Hours: Monday to Saturday 11am-7pm, Sunday 12pm-6pm
Party: Thursday, May 18 (
Building on Justin Donnelly and Monling Lee’s background as architects, “Architecture Parlant” is a dialogue with classical architectural forms. In conjunction with a suite of dynamic lighting, the installation transforms historical shapes, surfaces, and textures into a changing landscape of color and figure.

Canal Street Market

265 Canal Street
New York, NY 10013
May 15-31
Hours: Monday to Wednesday 11am-7pm, Thursday to Saturday 11am-8pm, Sunday 11am-6pm
A CHIAOZZA-curated show in CSM’s glass-enclosed exhibition space will include works by designers and artists, responding to the prompt: Piles, Stacks, Lumps and Mounds. “The impulse to build something can be inspired by the inevitability of a pile of laundry, the precision of a stack of stones on a trail, the flippancy of a lump of detritus on the subway platform, or the efficiency in a mound of dirt made from an anthill. Language would have us believe that formlessness has no character, is immature and unrefined, yet we see distinctive shapeliness and elegant gestures in a simple and considered mass.” In addition, Matter will curate Rest Stop, an interactive design lounge from May 1st to 31st featuring works by Objects of Common Interest&traditionEstablished & SonsMatter Made and Calico Wallpaper x Ana Kras, presented by Extell’s One Manhattan Square.

Coming Soon

37 Orchard Street
New York, NY 10002
May 16-23
Hours: Monday to Friday 12pm-7:30pm, Saturday to Sunday 11am-7pm
With Drunk Tank Pink, Coming Soon will try to redeem the color pink from its current “millennial” impression, and present the hue in all its historical and contemporary implications. A new light by The Principals, an installation by Grace Villamil, a rug by Cold Picnic, posters by Alex Proba, sculptures by CHIAOZZA, and various vintage finds that have been obsessively collected by Coming Soon will all feature in the exhibition. The show will also include a work by Gerardo Gonzalez, who will offer at his nearby restaurant Lalito an all pink-dish inspired by Luis Barragan.

Creatures of Comfort

205 Mulberry Street
New York, NY 10012
May 16-23
Hours: Monday to Saturday 11am-7pm, Sunday 12pm-6pm
An exhibition of furniture totems and lighting by Brendan Timmins, in light wood tones with pops of color, stripes, and details that coincide with Creatures of Comfort’s Spring/Summer 2017 collection.


49 Canal Street
New York, NY 10002
Hours: Monday to Friday 8am-11pm, Saturday 9am-11pm, Sunday 9am-10pm
The Dimes Peppermill is an homage to the artist Andre Cadere and his sticks, and its simplicity in form and color is a reflection of the Dimes spirit. The peppermill was designed by Dimes co-founder Sabrina DeSousa, hand-carved on a wood lathe in Pennsylvania, and hand-painted in Chinatown. Because they are handmade, no two peppermills will be the same, and variations in color will change with each piece. The new peppermills — along with a selection of vintage and new mills that inspired the project — will be on view at Dimes throughout the week, and a special, pepper-infused cocktail will be on the menu.


200 Lexington Avenue #611
New York, NY 10016
At its Midtown showroom, Kasthall will feature styled vignettes, using rugs from its 2017 collection — including Harvest, a new rug made from leftover yarns in the Kasthall factory — alongside lighting and furniture by Areti.


104 Bayard Street
New York, NY 10013
Hours: Wednesday to Monday 11am-4pm and 6pm-12am, Tuesday 6pm-12am
The Chinatown restaurant will feature an all-pink dish, inspired by the late architect Luis Barragan’s occasional requests for dinner in that particular hue.

Mission Chinese Food

171 East Broadway
New York, NY 10002
May 15-23
Hours: Wednesday to Sunday 12pm-4pm, Sunday and Monday 5:30pm-11pm, Tuesday to Saturday 5:30pm-12am
“Rear View” is a collaboration between Angela Dimayuga of Mission Chinese Food and the restaurant’s friends and neighbors, Felix Burrichter and Michael Bullock of PIN-UP magazine. For a limited time, the restaurant will showcase carefully selected reels showing views from famous high-rise buildings and restaurants — as well as other iconic sites — projected onto the blank walls of MCF’s subterranean bar. A bit of animation has been added to the images, in an ode to the animated waterfalls often featured on the walls of the trio’s favorite Asian eateries.


17 Crosby Street
New York, NY 10013
Hours: Monday 3pm-9pm, Tuesday to Wednesday 11am-9pm, Thursday to Saturday 9am-9pm, Sunday 11am-8pm
A special Sight Unseen manicure will be on offer, inspired by the California Light and Space art movement and the acrylic sculptures of legendary L.A. artist Vasa Mihich.

Picture Room

117 Atlantic Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11201
May 19-June 15
Hours: Tuesday to Thursday 1pm-7pm, Friday to Saturday 11am-8pm, Sunday 11am-7pm
Event date: Friday, May 19, 6pm-8pm (open to the public)
At its brand-new home in Brooklyn Heights, Picture Room will present a series of ceramic and textile sculptural works that were featured in the performance Transparent Uploads by Hayden Dunham.

Rachel Comey

95 Crosby Street
New York, NY 10012
May 16-23
Hours: Monday to Saturday 11am-7:30pm, Sunday 12pm-6pm
Party: Wednesday, May 17, 7pm-9pm (open to the public)
Rachel Comey and Areaware present Dazzled by Kanghee Kim. Kim’s installation uses a common household form, the drying rack, as a frame for display, pointing to the curious relationship shared by darkroom photography and handmade clothing — the need to hang-dry. Using photographs shot on site at Rachel Comey in addition to images from her series, Street Errands, Kim has created a playful installation mirroring the interior architecture of Comey’s boutique. Kim is a Brooklyn-based photographer who uses collage and altered photography to create subtlety surreal scenes from everyday environments. She recently produced a conceptual puzzle called Puzzle In Puzzle made in collaboration with Areaware, using photography from her series, Mirrors.

The Primary Essentials

372 Atlantic Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11217
Hours: Sunday to Monday 12pm-6pm, Tuesday to Saturday 12pm-7pm
Party: Thursday, May 18, 6-9PM (open to the public)
Brooklyn ceramicist Natalie Weinberger has collaborated with a Berkshires woodworker named Peter Thorne to create Turned Tables, a new series of ceramic-topped tables on turned-wood legs. These tables, as well as a selection of new vessels by Weinberger, will debut at the Brooklyn design shop.