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Paper View

Sight Unseen returns to the printed page with a limited edition publication championing the creative process

by Karen Day in Design on 09 April 2012

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The brainchild of two former I.D. Magazine editors, Sight Unseen began as a Kickstarter project in 2009, shortly after the celebrated print outlet published its final issue. Armed with years of industry experience, Jill Singer and Monica Khemsurov tackled the online world with a distinct site focused on the creative process and what happens behind the scenes at design studios around the world.

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Now, with the help of Karlsson's Vodka Unfiltered project, Singer and Khemsurov return to the printed page with a limited edition book designed by NYC's Studio Lin. The aptly titled "Paper View" includes 24 new features on a range of designers, including Roman and Williams, Anntian, Roanne Adams, Andy Rementer, Shin Okuda and more.

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The duo smartly organized the book into four thematic sections revolving around what it's like to be a maker. Beginning with "My Mom and Dad Are Artists", the book continues the exploration of some of the universal truths behind creative thinking with the headings "I Studied X and Now I'm Doing Y", "Material Obsession" and "Strange Ephemera". Singer and Khemsurov expertly detail insights from their studio visits and combine valuable text with illustrative photos for a comprehensive overview of how each designer works.

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In a one-page column called "8 Things", a handful of designers candidly share what inspires them—Apartamento founder Nacho Alegre tells how he is humbled by the work of American photographer Alec Soth, PIN-UP Magazine editor Felix Burrichter declares his love for Lagunilla flea market in Mexico City, Mondo Cane's Patrick Parrish divulges Sweetwater I.P.A. as his favorite beer and Established & Sons' Sebastian Wrong states his obsession for open fireplaces, to name a few.

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Limited to just 400 copies, "Paper View" is now available to order for $30. Those in NYC can celebrate the book launch at the design-led boutique Creatures of Comfort (also highlighted in the printed edition), where the Sight Unseen Shape Shop pop-up will open tonight, 9 April and run through 6 May 2012. The temporary store within a store is centered around all things geometric—from Bec Brittain's Penta-Hex bottle opener to pillow totems from Mociun and more.

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