Photo: Charlie Schuck
In 2009, Monica Khemsurov and Jill Singer founded a different magazine that stands out from other shelter magazines. Through Sight Unseen, they explored the very personal objects that people surround themselves with that tell a story about where they’ve been, what they like to collect, and who they are as individuals.
As they write in the introduction to their new book, How to Live with Objects: A Modern Guide to More Meaningful Interiors released November 15, “We believed, and still believe, that while layout, fixtures, and fabrics can all play a part in creating an aesthetic space, it’s the objects you surround yourself with that really give to your house its soul… These objects are the story you tell the world about your personality and your obsessions, your experiences and your memories, your desires and your intentions. The book is organized into four categories of objects: vintage, contemporary, handmade and sentimental, with a final chapter on style. Between wise collective advice and topical essays, we are also invited to explore the homes of curators, artists, traders and collectors, among other creators, all radically different from each other – and this is one supreme pleasures of this book. Here, an overview of three house collections.
Primack and Weissenberg are all over the map, both literally – with homes in Guatemala, Mexico City and New York – and figuratively, with multiple professional interests that ultimately converge around contemporary design. Primack is a former director of Design Miami and currently runs textiles and interiors studio RP Miller, while Weissenberg, a former television executive, now works in real estate development. Together, the couple founded design gallery AGO Projects, which is a short drive from their colorful Mexico City apartment, shown here.
Born in Seoul, trained in New York as an architect and now a full-time furniture designer, Kim creates sculptures in wood and fiberglass that reinvent archetypes of Western design – like the lounge chair, the executive desk or the prayer seat – through the lens of Korean craft techniques. His home in Queens is an extension of his research, filled with studio experiences and remnants of his former life in South Korea.
A writer and curator, Wu rose to prominence as the founder of the influential blog I’m Revolting, which unearthed unusual and often anonymous designs. Now based in Mexico City with her husband, artist Alma Allen, and their two children, Wu is an avid champion of the local design scene, using her home – a converted community theater – as a venue to co-curate exhibitions and the to present. ever-growing collection of gifts, Mexican crafts, contemporary art and design.