A Chair Made From Old Magazines Rules in Sight Unseen’s New 1stdibs Collection

Plus more under-the-radar finds to shop.
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Sight Unseen has always been a go-to resource for what’s cool in the design world right now, and starting today it’s gathering all its under-the-radar finds in one place at 1stdibs. Because the online magazine hasn’t been able to host its annual Offsite show in person for the past two years, it decided to highlight 16 independent designers’ new work—from round-footed upholstered chairs to a sculptural moon-shaped coatrack—online instead.

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“This launch is a way for us to provide a different platform for a lot of designers who have been without one for more than a year now,” says Sight Unseen cofounder Jill Singer. “Maybe it’s because everyone has been in their own private world for so long, but these pieces feel outside of trend—in a good way. Each one really feels like a manifestation of the designer’s true self, as people spent so much time with their own thoughts.”

For example, Zaven’s sunny yellow Tube chairs, made from the paper pulp of old magazines and cardboard tubes, are a tribute to the brand’s married cofounders, who spent their time in quarantine at home with their children and looking around for materials they could use to build a new piece of furniture for their living room.

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And speaking of magazines, designer Bari Ziperstein of BZippy made her first-ever rack for holding reading materials as part of this collection. It also happens to be one of Singer’s favorites: “I haven’t liked a magazine rack this much since Giotto Stoppino’s stepped plastic one for Kartell, and that was designed in 1971!”

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Julie Vadnal

Deputy Editor

Julie Vadnal is the deputy editor of Domino. She edits and writes stories about shopping for new and vintage furniture, covers new products (and the tastemakers who love them), and tours the homes of cool creatives. She lives in Brooklyn.