Anders Herwald Ruhwald immersive, site-specific installation Unit 1: 3583 Dubois inside an apartment on Detroit’s east side is now open. 3583 Dubois Street, in Detroit, Michigan, no longer exists. While the once dilapidated 7,000 square-foot brick apartment building at this location still stands, the city has reassigned its address as 2170 Mack Avenue. In his installation, Unit 1: 3583 Dubois, Anders Ruhwald repositions the building’s identity, intertwining its past, present, and future. Unit 1: 3583 Dubois, will be open yearly from April to October by appointment only. Tours can be booked on unit1.org for Thursdays, between 7-9 pm and Saturdays, between 12-4pm starting on June 22, 2019. See photos and read more about Unit 1 here and here.
Anders Ruhwald preserves Detroit building in new site-specific intallation
July 11, 2019
Brendan Fernandes collaborates with Norman Kelley on installation at the Whitney Biennial
July 10, 2019
Brendan Fernandes exhibition, The Master and Form, at the Whitney Biennial was designed in collaboration with the architecture firm Norman Kelley. Five structures including a “minimal arrangement of scaffolding” is always on view and used by dancers through durational performances. Read more about The Master and Form here.
Take a look inside Luftwerk’s installation in Mies van der Rohe’s McCormick House
June 5, 2019
Luftwerk’s site-specific installation, Parallel Perspectives, inside Mies van der Rohe’s McCormick House located in the Elmhurst Art Museum, is now open to the public until August 25th, 2019. The immersive exhibition uses light and color to highlight and transform the historic structure. See photos of Parallel Perspective here and here.
Tanya Aguiñiga, Norman Kelley, Krueck + Sexton, Jonathan Muecke, and OOIEE at KMAC Museum
April 24, 2019
Works by Tanya Aguiñiga, Norman Kelley, Krueck + Sexton, Jonathan Muecke, and OOIEE are included in In the Hot Seat, an exhibition curated by Joey Yates and on view at the KMAC Museum from April 26 to August 11, 2019. “In The Hot Seat offers insight into how the chair is being continually reimagined in contemporary artistic practice. The exhibition combines artist-made chairs with sculptures, installations, paintings, and mixed media works.” Read more here.
Christy Matson in MATERIAL MEANING: A LIVING LEGACY OF ANNI ALBERS
April 17, 2019
Christy Matson’s work will be part of Material Meaning: A Living Legacy of Anni Albers, opening on July 13th at the Craft in America Center in Los Angeles. “Material Meaning will feature work by ten contemporary American artists and designers working with textiles who are strongly influenced by Anni Albers – paired with their statements that make that influence explicit, personal and varied.” Read more about the exhibition here.
Christy Matson and Luftwerk at Elmhurst Art Museum
April 4, 2019
Two new exhibitions opening on May 11th at Elmhurst Art Museum will include the work of Christy Matson and Luftwerk. Matson’s work will be shown along other 45 artists in With a Capital P: Selections by Six Painters, curated by six prominent local painters, Leslie Baum, Magalie Guérin, José Lerma, Nancy Mladenoff, Suellen Rocca, and Kay Rosen. The other exhibition, Luftwerk: Parallel Perspectives, will present a color and light intervention by the Chicago-based artistic collaborative in the museum’s recently restored Mies van der Rohe McCormick House. Read more about it here.
Tanya Aguiñiga included in new exhibition at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions
March 27, 2019
Tanya Aguiñiga’s work will be on view in Unravelling Collective Forms at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, a group show that brings together artworks that propose forms of collective resistance to oppressive hegemonies. The exhibition opens on Wednesday, April 3 at LACE. Here is more information. Image: Arshia Fatima Haq (photo by Amina Cruz, veil by Hushidar Mortezaie.)
Norman Kelley preserves “layered history” inside revamped Notre store in Chicago
Norman Kelley reconfigures and revamps Notre store in West Loop, Chicago. Their design marries the space’s warehouse-gallery history with the spatial vision for the store. Find images and the story here.
Stanley Tigerman talks preservation and the future of architecture
March 12, 2019
Chicago architect Stanley Tigerman spoke with the Chicago Reader about the preservation of historic buildings, the future of architecture, and his architectural and artistic legacy. Read the article here.
Luftwerk’s collaboration with Mas Studio’s Iker Gil at Barcelona Pavilion
February 20, 2019
The Geometry of Light is Luftwerk’s collaboration with Mas Studio’s Iker Gil at the Barcelona Pavilion. “The installation was intended to animate and highlight the iconic design of the building, completed by Van der Rohe in 1929.” Read more and see photographs here.
Tanya Aguiñiga in the Renwick Invitational 2018
February 9, 2019
Tanya Aguiñiga’s work in Disrupting Craft: Renwick Invitational 2018 continues to mine her experience as an immigrant through her activist work with underinvested communities along the US-Mexico border. Read more about it here and visit the exhibition on view at The Renwick Gallery in Washinton D.C. until May 5, 2019.
Review: Anders Ruhwald meets Asger Oluf Jorn
January 22, 2019
Snarkitecture’s The Beach at Chicago’s Navy Pier
January 20, 2019
Snarkitecture’s immersive art installation, The Beach Chicago, is open from January 19, 2019 – February 3, 2019 at Navy Pier. Read about how it all came together.
Norman Kelley are among the winners of the 2018 AN Best of Design Awards
December 7, 2018
The Architect’s Newspaper named Norman Kelley’s exhibition design for Arakawa and Madeline Gins: Eternal Gradient at Columbia University, best of 2018.
Jennefer Hoffmann in conversation with Ania Jaworska
November 29, 2018
Ania Jaworska interviews Jennefer Hoffmann about her ceramic work for the New City’s Designed Object 2018 issue. Read their exchange here.
Review: Christy Matson at Volume Gallery
November 8, 2018
Volume Gallery’s exhibition, The Sun and The Moon, gathers new work by the Los Angeles-based artist, Christy Matson. New City reviews the show here.
Volume Gallery will participate in the inaugural edition of Felix LA
October 30, 2018
Volume Gallery is among the galleries invited to participate in the first edition of Felix LA from February 14-17 at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. Felix LA seeks “to create an intimate fair experience that prioritizes connoisseurship, collaboration, and community.” Check out the announcement and the list of invited galleries here.
Christy Matson and Tanya Aguiñiga featured in new book
September 27, 2018
Weaving – Contemporary Makers on the Loom is a new book surveying contemporary textile designers that have revitalized the medium through evolving techniques and innovating expressions. Fiber artists, Christy Matson and Tanya Aguiñiga, are both included in this book written by Katie Treggiden, published by Ludion. The book is available here.
Review: Tanya Aguiñiga’s solo exhibition at MAD
September 12, 2018
Hyperallergic reviews Tanya Aguiñiga’s exhibition, Craft & Care, on view at the Museum of Art and Design through October 2. Read it here.
Tanya Aguiñiga participates in homenage to Mickey
August 27, 2018
Mickey: The True Original Exhibition celebrates 90 years of Mickey Mouse’s influence on art and pop culture. This immersive experience is inspired by Mickey’s status as a ‘true original’ and his consistent impact on the arts and creativity in all its forms. Guests will have the chance to explore the 16,000 square-foot exhibition featuring both historic and contemporary work from renowned artists, including Tanya Aguiñiga.
Coming: National Building Museum’s Snarkitecture Exhibit
June 20, 2018
Snarkitecture’s first comprehensive museum exhibition is going to re-imagine the idea of traditional home and present interactive elements for the visitor to discover. See renderings and “fun house” in construction.
Volunteer for AMBOS at the American-Mexican Border
June 18, 2018
(AMBOS) Art Made Between Opposite Sides, the timeless project from Tanya Aguiniga reflects the public perception of the two countries: U.S. and Mexico, and involves the commuters in the large-scale art installation. Read more about the emotionally attached project here.
Wallpaper Rates Ace top 10 in Chicago
June 8, 2018
Volume Gallery had the opportunity to collaborate on the new Ace Hotel in Chicago, see what Wallpaper has to say about it.
Tanya Aguiniga: Collision of Arts and Politics
May 30, 2018
“Visualize the stigmatized society”, as Tanya Aguiniga said. The show at Museum of Arts and Design presents Aguiñiga’s long-term exploration of craft along the U.S-Mexico Border. Read more about it here.
The Knots at the U.S.-Mexico Border
May 14, 2018
Tanya Aguiniga explores immigration, identity, and culture in her solo show at the Museum of Art and Design. Read more about how the knots at the border convey the emotion of those commuters here.
Tanya Aguiniga: Craft & Care at MAD, New York
May 11, 2018
Tanya Aguiniga activates the AMBOS (Art Made Between Opposite Sides) project and brings her thinking into the community work. Read the article here.
Anders Ruhwald: The Conceptual Sculpture in Milan
May 6, 2018
The sculptures by Ruhwald, in this show, place themselves at the boundary between art, furniture and common everyday objects. Read more here.
Snarkitecture: Interactive Rooms at National Building Museum.
May 1, 2018
Snarkitecture is going to fill up the National Building Museum with interactive rooms that bring numerous Snarkitecture designs into an immersive experience. Read more here.
Tanya Aguiñiga at Museum of Arts and Design
April 27, 2018
Tanya Aguiñiga’s show, May 8th – October 2nd, is a showcase of works, documentation and ephemera that resulted from her Art Made Between Opposite Sides (AMBOS) project along the Mexican-American border. Read more about the project here.
Ania Jaworska + Norman Kelley: Furnishing Ideas
Chicago based Ania Jaworska and duo Norman Kelley are both being featured in a group furniture show at Friedman Benda in Manhattan. The show features a selection of furniture designed to question utility and highlight concept. Read more here.
MOBI/Past Forward at the Art Institute of Chicago
A new show in the modern wing of the Art Institute of Chicago features numerous architects and designers, showing works from and for an increasingly complex world. More about the show can be read here.
Aranda/Lasch: Valentines Heart design competition.
Aranda/Lasch and Marcelo Coelho win the 2018, Times Square Valentines Heart Design competition with their proposed 12-foot wide , 3D printed Fresnel lens. An awesome feat of art + tech, read more here.
Snarkitecture: Changing Tides for Milan Design Week
April 15, 2018
Snarkitecture and quartz surface designer Ceasarstone teamed up to create an instillation within a 19th century ballroom based on the topography of glaciers, icebergs and lakes. See more of the instillation here.
Snarkitecture Releases a New Monograph
April 2, 2018
Snarkitecture abstracts the essence from everyday objects and defines the design tone by using monochromatic environ and reinterpretation of one element. See more projects here.
Snarkitecture: “Fun House” in the National Building Museum
March 22, 2018
The National Building Museum is pleased to announce that Snarkitecture will be designing the 2018 Summer Block Party exhibition. The fun house will be full-sized with freestanding house allowing visitors to interact with. Read more here.
Volume Gallery Populates Art Works for Ace Hotel
March 19, 2018
Check out Ace Hotel in vibrant modernist furnishings and a series of commissions with Volume Gallery.
The Sculptures Of Jennefer Hoffmann
March 10, 2018
Jennefer Hoffmann tells us about her creations and how they are formed. The sculpture explores the daily nuances including human condition, observations, feelings, aspirations, love, sadness, loss, living… Read more about her projects here.
Christy Matson: Rock, Paper, Scissors at Long Beach Museum of Art
February 27, 2018
Christy Matson’s show at the Long Beach Museum of Art, (February 16- May 13), explores the relationship between the Hand and the Story through textile, ceramic and illustration. Read more about the show here.
Aranda\Lasch: The World’s Largest Fresnel Lens at Time Square
February 17, 2018
This year’s Time Square Valentine’s Day installation, designed by Aranda\Lasch and Marcelo Coelho, is titled ‘Window to the heart’. Read more here.
Anders Ruhwald at ZONAMACO Design 2018.
February 14, 2018
Ruhwald is at ZONAMACO Design 2018 with his whimsy biomorphic ceramic vase. Read more here.
‘Window to the heart’ at Time Square, New York.
February 7, 2018
The installation – a 12-foot diameter 3D-printed Fresnel lens – is showing for Valentine’s Day at Time Square in New York. Read more here.
February 6, 2018
By striving for the homogeny both the interior and the exterior, architects are no strangers for furniture design. Read more here.
Norman Kelley: Dancing with Space
January 27, 2018
Chicago design duo Norman Kelley has teamed up with dancer Brendan Fernandez to create structures for his new ballet performances. See the structures and read more about the project here.
‘No Thing’ on View at Friedman Benda New York
January 25, 2018
“No Thing” explores the furniture of architects, presenting a number of individuals and groups including Ania Jaworska and Norman Kelley. Read what Wallpaper has to say about it.
Tanya Aguiñiga is awarded the inaugural Johnson Fellowship
January 18, 2018
Americans for the Arts announced that Los Angeles-based artist and designer Tanya Aguiñiga is the receiver of the inaugural Americans for the Arts Johnson Fellowship for Artists Transforming Communities. The award will support her ongoing creative work in communities over 2018.
Experimental Furniture Showcase at Cranbrook Academy of Art
December 22, 2017
A New Domestic Landscape showcases work by over 20 designers. Highlights from the show include pieces by Ross Hansen, Ania Jaworska, Jonathan Muecke, and Anders Ruhwald . Read more here.
Ross Hansen: New Material Relationship
December 1, 2017
Ross Hansen talks about the material with different interpretations of utility. Find out more here.
Volume Collaborates with Ace
October 9, 2017
The new Ace Hotel is offered with a mix of old and new: mid-western craftsmanship and utilitarian design. Check it out here at Dezeen.
Pezo Von Ellrichshausen and Felice Virini’s new intimate public works.
October 4, 2017
A new project in the British city of Hull has brought Chilean duo, Pezo Von Ellrichshausen and Swedish Felice Virini, together to generate a massive, experiential sculpture in the city square. Constructed of sixteen, two meter wide by six meter tall, steel tubes, the public is invited to enter each tube and inhabit space within a city in a new way. See full article here
Luftwerk: Pushing Climate Change
August 8, 2017
A new audio/visual project by Chicago based duo, Luftwerk, challenges viewers with the looming reality of climate change. The piece includes an illustration of a 120 mile long crack that runs through the Larsen C ice shelf which covers the front of the 2N Riverside Plaza building, as well as an instillation of sounds from decaying glaciers drifting icebergs. Read more on the project here.
BENAS BURDULIS: Exploring light with IKEA through CNC milling technology
July 9, 2017
Benas Burdulis works with CNC milling technology to create a subtle wall installation for SPACE10, IKEA’s future-living laboratory. Read about the project here.
BUREAU SPECTACULAR: Jimenez Lai’s favorite things
July 5, 2017
Jimenez Lai shares 10 of his favorite things with Architectural Digest India, from Bill Murray to CandyCrush. See the slideshow here.
ANIA JAWORSKA: Bossy Furniture
June 6, 2017
CHRISTY MATSON: Material as Metaphor
May 28, 2017
The Craft Art & Folk Museum in LA just put up a group exhibition on the intersection of fiber art and sculpture, including work by Christy Matson. Find out more here.
LUFTWERK: Thoreau in Morse Code
May 16, 2017
Luftwerk’s “Cloudland” installation will illuminate Mass MoCA’s tower and three steeples in North Adams with blinking lights which will blink out Thoreau’s description of his awakening of the mountain in Morse Code. Read about the project here.
STANLEY TIGERMAN: Retiring after a legendary career
May 11, 2017
The man, the myth, the legend decides to sit back and relax a little. Read a short overview of his influence on Chicago architecture.
BEC BRITTAIN: The Aries Collection
Bec Brittain launches a new series of light fixtures, featuring refracting prisms which can be rotated to disperse the light in different ways. Read about it in this article.
ANDERS RUHWALD: Private Experiments in Clay
May 9, 2017
Treat yourself to a thoughtful piece on Anders Ruhwald’s exhibition at Volume.
TANYA AGUINIGA: Get a glimpse into the artist’s studio
May 1, 2017
Juicy visuals afford a sneak peek into Tanya’s textural territory.
BUREAU SPECTACULAR: Swarovski Designers of the Future Award
April 6, 2017
Architect Jimenez Lai, founder of Bureau Spectacular, is named by Swarovski and Design Miami/ as a winner of the 2017 Swarovski Designers of the Future Award. Read more about the award and about Lai’s work here.
ARANDA\LASCH: More Trees
March 2, 2017
Aranda\Lasch contributed a piece to a group exhibition for the More Trees campaign. Find out more here.
BUREAU SPECTACULAR: Exhibit at SFMOMA
February 2, 2017
Bureau Spectacular exhibits graphic and three-dimensional work in its first West Coast museum showcase at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Read about it here.
ANDERS RUHWALD: Installation and reconstruction
December 8, 2016
Anders Ruhwald recreates a Detroit apartment building at the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland and fills it with large, looming ceramic forms. See and read here.
BUREAU SPECTACULAR: Laugier’s Primitive Hut reimagined
November 28, 2016
Bureau Spectacular creates a treehouse inspired by 18th century philosopher Marc-Antoine Laugier’s theory of The Primitive Hut, in which architecture returns to its simple and organic roots. Read more about Bureau Spectacular’s take on the concept here.
MICHAEL C. ANDREWS: Coming Home
November 11, 2016
A new group exhibition at the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts celebrates emerging and established Michigan artists, including Michael C. Andrews. He opens a solo exhibition at Volume in summer 2017.
JONATHAN MUECKE: Light and Absense
October 13, 2016
Read Jonathan Muecke’s interview with Damn° to see what he’s been working on since his residency at the Juliaan Lampens Villa Van Wassenhove in Belgium.
LUFTWERK: Installation on Milwaukee Avenue bridge
October 10, 2016
Luftwerk designs an outdoor installation piece on the Michigan Avenue bridge that will change depending on the weather conditions. Read about Luftwerk and the project here.
BUREAU SPECTACULAR: a moveable display
September 28, 2016
For Frankie, a Los Angeles boutique, Bureau Spectacular creates interlocking display pieces which fit together like a puzzle into bleachers for events or performances. See the display and read more here.
TANYA AGUINIGA: Art Made Between Opposite Sides
August 26, 2016
Tanya Aguiniga has organized a series of artist interventions and interactive events in Tijuana that investigate borders and border-crossing. Take a look at the project website.
Norman Kelley: Designed for Renewal
May 20, 2016
Chicago design duo, Norman Kelley designed the new Bucktown location for Aesop utilizing recycled and renewed materials. See more of the project here.
January 13, 2016
Vice Creator’s Series has a nice write up on the Converging Lines show with Ania Jaworska, Christy Matson, and Tanya Aguiniga. Check it out here.
LUFTWERK: The Public Artists
December 9, 2015
Petra Bachmaier and Sean Gallero of Luftwerk have a conversation with the Chicago Reader about their studio here.
LUFTWERK: colorful installation in Garfield Park Conservatory
September 29, 2015
Luftwerk’s installation Solarise creates a colorful and light-filled dialogue with its containing space, the Garfield Park Conservatory. See parts of the installation and learn more about it here.
LUFTWERK: Using Light
September 15, 2015
Luftwerk talks with Chicago Magazine about their take on [temporarily] altering the most famous buildings in the country for a new take on visual experience. Read about it here.
THADDEUS WOLFE: “I Hate the Word ‘Sculptural'”
September 4, 2015
Enjoy some gorgeous photos of Thaddeus Wolfe’s glass vessels, courtesy of Artsy.
JONATHAN OLIVARES: Make you own version of the Aluminum Bench
June 24, 2015
Architectural Digest on Jonathan Olivares new work and the app that goes with it.
JONATHAN OLIVARES: Bringing Architectural Manufacturing To The Furniture Industry
Take a look a Co.Design‘s talk with Jonathan Olivares process for the Aluminum Bench.
JONATHAN OLIVARES: Vitra Workspace
London architect Pernilla Ohrstedt and Los Angeles designer Jonathan Olivares collaborate on a new office furniture showroom at the Vitra headquarters.
Check it out on Dezeen!
JONATHAN OLIVARES: Aluminium Bench
June 17, 2015
Jonathan Olivares Aluminum bench released in conjunction with Neo Con here at Volume Gallery.
See more at Designo.
JONATHAN OLIVARES: Aluminum Bench app by ShopFloor
Be the first to try the Beta app for Jonathan Olivares Aluminum Bench.
FELICIA FERRONE: Pavilion
Felicia Ferrone and Christopher Gentner join forces at Pavilion.
See more on Interior Design.
SNARKITECTURE: COS Installation at Salone del Mobile
Check out Forbes look at the Snarkitecture COS installation at Milan Design Week.
RICH BRILLIANT WILLING: New York Times
A retrospective article on the last seven years of Rich Brilliant Willing.
SNARKITECTURE: The Architectural Camouflage collection
Dezeen Magazine explores Snarkitecture’s architectural camouflage collection, featuring marble and subway tile patterns.
SNARKITECTURE: Help the National Building Museum
The National Building Museum is partnering up this summer with Snarkitecture to bring the beech to you!
See more on archdaily.
SUNG JANG: 18,000 Modular Pieces
June 16, 2015
Another great piece on Sung Jang’s Mobi pieces currently in New York at Chamber!
Check it out on Fast Company
TANYA AGUINIGA: SHEvening
Artists Tanya Aguiñiga and Nancy Baker Cahill Exhibit New Work at “SHEvening”
Check out this interview with Tanya Aguiniga in the latest issue of LA Magazine!
SNARKITECTURE: Installation for COS in Milan DesignBoom
Check out Designboom’s Post on the COS installation by Snarkitecture. Great photos and video for those that could not make to Milan.
SUNG JANG: This is Not a Duet
This is not a duet, is a room-scale installation by Sung Jang, composed of a 3D printed module. See more on Dezeen
Check out Snarkitecture’s Retrospective by COMPLEX
TANYA AGUINIGA: Gwyneth Paltrow’s Pop Up Shop
Goop Pop Up Shop held in Chicago last month. Elle Decor has a inside look at the shop including work by Tanya Aguiniga.
NORMAN KELLEY: Chicago Architecture Biennial
Congratulations to Norman Kelley for being chosen to participate in the inaugural Chicago Architectural Biennial.
BEC BRITTAIN: Interview with Dezeen
May 27, 2015
Bec Brittain talks to Dezeen about her education and experience that has informed the work she produces today. Read it here.
BEC BRITTAIN: Drawing with lines of light
May 7, 2015
Bec Brittain discusses production design with Metropolis Magazine in this article.
April 9, 2015
COS has commissioned an installation by Daniel Arsham and Alex Mustnen of Snarkitecture at Milan’s Salone del Mobile, inspired by the brand’s spring/summer collection. The collection features technical lightness and luminescence, which is reflected in the installation through an immersive translucent cave. The entire structure is constructed by thousands of strips of layered fabrics hanging from the ceiling to the floor. The installation is open between April 14 to 19, located in the art district of Brera. Check out renderings here, and make sure to drop by the stunning installation if you’re in the city.
SNARKITECTURE: Architect magazine
A Sleek Ball Pit is Coming to D.C.
“The Beach” by Snarkitecture opens in July at the National Building Museum. Read about it in the this post by Architect Magazine.
SNARKITECTURE: National Building Museum
Here’s the next big museum stunt of 2015: The National Building Museum has commissioned the design firm Snarkitecture to build a beach inside the museum this summer. Read about it here.
VOLUME GALLERY: Chicago Magazine
Chicago Magazine’s series of weekend plans from notable, in-the-know locals—a.k.a. people we like: Neville Bryan Assistant Curator at the Art Institute Karen Kice. Chatter: Architecture Talks Back opens on Saturday, April 11.
Here for full article.
JONATHAN MUECKE: T Magazine
March 30, 2015
“The next generation of American designers is experimenting with form – inspired by everything from organic shapes to the funky geometries of postmodernism.”
Does that synopsis apply to Muecke? Click the link and decide for yourself.
Click the link to see Split by Snarkitecture featured on COS’s blog today!
JONATHAN MUECKE: PIN-UP
March 24, 2015
While the names 31-year-old Minneapolis-based designer Jonathan Muecke gives his work may seem perfectly straightforward, the results are anything but. His Decentralized Light (DL) (2013), for example, takes the shape of a three-foot-tall topless aluminum table frame whose nonagon-shaped perimeter contains tiny recessed LEDs; the inconspicuous-sounding Divider (2011) turns out to be a five-foot-tall baby-blue wedge, more minimalist sculpture than decorative screen; while others, such as the compelling Frame (2011), a tent-like metal structure, or Miami Vertical Shape (2013), a kidney-shaped wall hanging, seem to defy function altogether. “The objects I make have a presence just as much as they do themselves away. They put up a fight,” muses Muecke.
Read more of the article here.
RO/LU: T Magazine
March 18, 2015
RO/LU sneak peak of the March 29th T Magazine Design Issue here.
RO/LU: The Center for Ongoing Research & Projects
RO/LU collaborated with Dante Carlos to create a piece and book that explores meditation, objects and space that will be presented by the The Center for Ongoing Research & Projects MARCH 28TH, 2015 — APRIL 26TH, 2015 in Columbus Ohio. The book, along with an edition of engraved bricks and felt will be available soon. Read more about the project here.
JONATHAN MUECKE/ RO/LU: The Walker Art Center
February 18, 2015
The Walker Art Center/ Minnesota by Design
From the world’s quietest room to the Honeycrisp apple, from the humble sticky note to the Artist-formerly-known-as-Prince glyph, this collection offers a sampling of what makes Minnesota a hotbed of inventive and creative design.
Minnesota by Design is a web-based initiative by the Walker Art Center to document the rich landscape of design across the state. The project seeks to increase public awareness of the human-built world in Minnesota — its landscapes, buildings, products, and graphics, both past and present — and the role that design thinking and practice plays in its realization. Our collection has been seeded with some 100 designs that reflect exemplary instances of practical ingenuity, creative thinking, beautiful form-giving, social and cultural impact, and innovative uses of technology.
Experience the initiative here.
TANYA AGUIÑIGA: Core77
January 31, 2015
Tanya Aquiñiga on Designing Outside Your Own Reality and Using Craft as a Way to Diversify Conversations in Society
Tanya Aquiñiga discusses her multifaceted practice in the latest edition of the Core77 Questionnaire. Read more here.
NORMAN KELLEY: Graham Foundation
January 17, 2015
The Graham Foundation is pleased to present Treatise: Why Write Alone?—an exhibition and publication project that brings together fourteen young design offices to consider the architectural treatise as a site for theoretical inquiry, experimentation, and debate. Organized by Chicago and Los Angeles-based designer Jimenez Lai, the project grows out of a recent Graham Foundation grant to Lai, whose interest in discursive practices and non-conformist approaches to architecture led him to ask his peers working in the realm of conceptual architecture: Why write? And, why write alone? In response to these questions, Treatise presents an exhibition of works by this core group of designers as well as an individual treatise from each office. Together, the exhibition and publications provide a platform to investigate the collective and individual stakes that emerge from this temporary alliance of designers as they explore architecture’s representational limits and possibilities.
Opening January 23, 2015, the exhibition features over 200 works, from drawings and models to multi-media installations, by design offices that utilize diverse—and often unexpected—strategies, forms, and materials. The participants include: Bittertang(New York); Bureau Spectacular (Chicago); CAMES/gibson (Chicago); Design With Company (Chicago); Fake Industries Architectural Agonism (New York); First Office (Los Angeles); is-office (Chicago); Andrew Kovacs (Los Angeles); Alex Maymind (Los Angeles); Norman Kelley (Chicago and New York); Point Supreme(Athens, Greece); Softlab (New York); SPEEDISM (Brussels, Belgium); and Young & Ayata (New York).
For additional information.
NORMAN KELLEY: Mas Context
October 30, 2014
Project by Norman Kelley (Carrie Norman and Thomas Kelley)
wrong I. a vagabondage of the imagination, of the mind that is not subject to any rule. 
The Wrong Chairs are an exercise in error. The collection consists of seven chairs that purposefully disrupt the notion of “correctness” by applying a medley of design mistakes to the iconic American Windsor chair. The Windsor chair, with its British roots, has become a symbol of colonial America—a chair that is unadorned and democratic in design. More importantly, however, it is also a forgettable chair. You might vaguely remember your grandmother having one in her kitchen. At first glance, the collection blends into the images we hold of domestic memories we’ve encountered at some point or another, but, at second glance, they’re more unreasonable. In using an object readily recognized and imbedded with nostalgia, the collection utilizes the Windsor chair as the control—a seemingly ordinary object— for the exploration of “wrongness.”
Read full article here.
JONATHAN NESCI: Architizer
October 16, 2014
How to Wake a Sleeping Modernist Architecture Giant/ Matt Shaw
Columbus, Indiana is a living architectural museum where you can see one of the largest collections of high- and late-modernist buildings in the country. There are 7 National Historic Landmarks and counting in a town of roughly 45,000 people. So this context — a town landscaped by Dan Kiley and home to over 100 buildings and sites, by architects and designers including both Saarinens, Robert Venturi, Kevin Roche, and John Johansen among others — is ripe for reinterpretation. Read full article here.
JONATHAN NESCI/ RO/LU: Sight Unseen
JONATHAN NESCI IN CONVERSATION WITH MATT OLSON OF RO/LU
10.14.14 — BY MONICA KHEMSUROV
PHOTOS BY JEFF BOND
When it comes to design, it’s easy to forget about Indiana. Easy, but unfair — just ask anyone familiar with the legacy of Columbus natives Irwin and Xenia Miller, whose Eero Saarinen house is one of many architectural landmarks the pair commissioned in and around their hometown. Or ask the editors of Sight Unseen, who included not one but two Indiana-based talents in our American Design Hot List last week. One of them, Jonathan Nesci, debuted a project over the weekend that underscored both arguments: Invited by curator Christopher West to create a site-specific installation on the grounds of Eliel Saarinen’s First Christian Church — also a Miller commission — Nesci conceived the stunning project 100 Variations, consisting of 100 unique, mirror-polished tables aligned in a grid in the church’s courtyard. He developed the tables using the Golden Ratio, an ongoing preoccupation in his work that similarly informed Saarinen’s. We snagged the first photos of the installation, which was on view for only three days, then invited Matt Olson of the Minneapolis studio RO/LU to discuss the project — and its oft-overlooked setting — with Nesci. Read their conversation here.
LEON RANSMEIER: Sight Unseen
The Sight Unseen Hot List continue on today with another Volume Gallery collaborator – Leon Ransmeier. Follow the link here to read his thoughts on American Design.
JONATHAN MUECKE/ JONATHAN NESCI: Sight Unseen
The Sight Unseen Hot List today includes both Jonathan Muecke and Jonathan Nesci. Muecke quoting George Brecht:
Determine the limits of an object or event.
Determine the limits more precisely.
Repeat, until further precision is impossible.
GEORGE BRECHT, EXERCISE (1963)
See full list here.
VOLUME GALLERY: Sight Unseen
The American Design Hotlist from Sight Unseen features a large portion of designers that we have worked with. Congratulations everyone!!
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FUTURE TROPES: Domus
Domus on Future Tropes
Aguiniga, Muecke, Olivares, Ransmeier, ROLU, and Ruhwald take part in an exhibition at Volume Gallerywas founded on a utopian correspondence initiated by Bruno Taut. Read full article here.
BUREAU SPECTACULAR: Jimenez Lai at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale
October 15, 2014
Jimenez Lai’s “Township of Domestic Parts” at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale investigates the basic components of residential typologies, isolating various purposes of the home into separate architectural structures. Read more here.
JONATHAN MUECKE: Artinfo
October 6, 2014
Design Miami/ has announced participants for this year’s Miami edition of the collectible furniture fair, which will run from December 3 through December 7 as part of Miami Art Week.
As in previous years, Design Miami/ has awarded a commission for the entrance pavilion to an emerging designer. This year’s entrance will be done by Jonathan Muecke. Explaining the choice of designer, Design Miami/ creative director Alexandra Cunningham Cameron said, “For our tenth anniversary, we wanted to pay homage to the type of young designer that Design Miami/ wishes to champion – one who experiments with materials, form and scale; who is as much a theorist as a maker; and who challenges us to consider how we relate to the world built around us.”
Read the full article here.
JOJO CHUANG: Modern Luxury Manhattan
JONATHAN MUECKE/ JONATHAN OLIVARES: Small Museum for the American Metaphor
September 19, 2014
From September 27 to November 23, 2014, the Gallery at REDCAT will present Small Museum for the American Metaphor, an exhibition curated by Belgian architect Kersten Geers in collaboration with the Gallery at REDCAT Director Ruth Estevez.
Small Museum for the American Metaphor is an exhibition which brings together European perspectives on the American West, and more specifically, the particularities embedded in the idealized fictions surrounding it. The visual argument here is that there is a certain architectonic “idea” that dwells on the celebration of Endlessness as mythicized in the American West. The metaphor is the base for an architecture that blurs the distinction between building and object, collapsing the different scales. It is an architecture that celebrates the fiction of the “wide open” and seeks to re-evaluate/reinterpret the world as a gigantic interior. In that context, a successful intervention is able to define hierarchies, carve out places, and make shared points of reference. The exhibition, much in the tradition of showcasing objects in a defined space, such as a cabinet, “collects”artworks, architectural models, drawings and other elements that consciously fade the distinction between object and representation.
The exhibition includes works from artists and designers such as John Baldessari, Koenraad Dedobbeleer, Jos de Gruyter & Harald Thys, Stefano Graziani, Rita McBride, Valérie Mannaerts, Jonathan Muecke, Jonathan Olivares, Manfred Pernice, Bas Princen, Ed Ruscha, Ettore Sottsass, Michaël Van den Abeele, Richard Venlet, Pieter Vermeersch, Peter Wächtler and Christopher Williams, as well as models of past and present architectures of the “big box”.
Read full press release here.
VOLUME GALLERY/ FUTURE TROPES: Art F City
Recommended Shows: Beyond Chicago EXPO
by ROBIN DLUZEN on SEPTEMBER 17, 2014
September 5 – November 7, 2014
845 West Washington Blvd, 3rd Floor
What’s on view:A group show of furniture by artist/designers Tanya Aguiñiga, Jonathan Muecke, Jonathan Olivares, Leon Ransmeier, RO/LU, and Anders Ruhwald.
Between 1919 and 1920, German architect Bruno Taut exchanged letters with fellow German expressionist architects about how to shape the architecture of the future. That correspondence is now the inspiration for “Future Tropes,” a show which has assigned six artists to create work that is both timeless and futuristic, resulting in some works that are typical, and some that are truly original. Tables, rugs, cabinets and group seating are all reexamined; many of the pieces, like Leon Ransmeier’s stainless steel, sculptural “gymnasium,” Action Object, or Jonathan Muecke’s multi-purpose, space-saving Blue Cabinet are minimal and sleek and in this way match our idea of a “futuristic” aesthetic might look like. Tanya Aguiñiga’s contributions stand out in their warmth and internalized approach; in Tierra, a series of tubes filled with soil from various locations of personal importance are woven loosely into a rug that is both elegant and luxurious in appearance, as well as modest and base in its materials. Inspired by Aguiñiga’s experiences with her infant child, Support is a soft, floor-bound dining room table made of movable denim building-blocks, filled with rice and beans. Changeable, practical (and somewhat edible), the piece is both universally functional and intensely personal.
Find full list here.
LUFTWERK: FLOW/Im Fluss
September 11, 2014
Luftwerk showcases a nightly light and water installation at Chicago’s Couch Place alley with video compositions which will be projected onto “screens” of water. Read more about it in this article from Archinect.
FUTURE TROPES: Sight Unseen
September 10, 2014
09.09.14 — BY MONICA KHEMSUROV
“Timeless” is probably the most overused — and abused — word in design in recent years, typically employed by designers in the context of sustainability in order to imply that a piece has such a classic look or function that its expected longevity can somehow justify its existence in a sea of wastefulness and overproduction. Future Tropes, a new group show that opened this past weekend at Chicago’s Volume Gallery, approaches the concept of timelessness from a very different angle, however: “The work should be slightly ahead of the world, slightly un-contemporary, setting the stage for future codes yet operating in a place that precedes our ability to apply language to those codes.” (—Jan Verwoert, as adjusted by RO/LU.) In other words, objects that are equally linked to our prehistoric past and our distant, utopian future. Volume curators Sam Vinz and Claire Warner proposed that brief to Leon Ransmeier, ROLU, Jonathan Muecke, Tanya Aguiñiga, Jonathan Olivares, and Anders Ruhwald, who exchanged ideas on the topic before each creating a custom piece responding to it. Click here to see the results.
RO/LU: The Wall Street Journal
September 4, 2014
The Dynamic Design Duo Behind RO/LU: The founders of RO/LU, Matt Olson and Mike Brady, blur the lines between art, furniture and contemporary design.
‘I want to create a chair that my mind wants to sit in, not that my body wants to sit in,’ is a mantra for Mike Brady and Matt Olson of RO/LU.
This month sees a trio of RO/LU exhibitions: A collaborative performance piece debuts at Lower East Side art destination Jack Hanley Gallery at the same time that two furniture shows open at Chicago’s Volume Gallery and Patrick Parrish’s brand-new New York gallery (formerly modernist mecca Mondo Cane). Full content here.
RO/LU and FUTURE TROPES: Pin-Up Magazine
RO/LU seems to be on a roll these days! Hot on the heels of the launch of their new website, the multi-talented Minneapolis-based design firm is taking part in not one, not two, but three exhibitions across the US. Read full content here.
August 10, 2014
Interview: Snarkitecture Talk Reimagining Buildings and Objects, Projects for En Noir and Richard Chai
BY CEDAR PASORI
With their art and architecture collective Snarkitecture, Daniel Arsham and Alex Mustonen take over buildings and create objects that challenge the imagination. Here, they discuss how they’re changing the way people look at the world.
DANIEL ARSHAM: Post New
January 24, 2012
For an interesting article that gives a bit of insight into the work of Daniel Arsham – half of Snarkiteture – check out this great interview on the website Post New.
RICH BRILLIANT WILLING: Forbes
January 14, 2012
Congratulations to Rich Brilliant Willing on being named to the Forbes list 30 Under 30: Art and Design. Super cool!
DANIEL ARSHAM: New York Times
January 3, 2012
Here is a great article on Daniel Arsham’s work with Merce Cunningham. Daniel is half of the design group Snarkitecture (look for an announcement soon….).
THADDEUS WOLFE: Sight Unseen
December 12, 2011
Take a second to read this great article on Thaddeus Wolfe on the always interesting Sight Unseen website for some insight into the inspiration and techniques used to create the Assemblage pieces shown at Volume Gallery. Read here.
RICH BRILLIANT WILLING: Huffington Post
September 22, 2011
The Huffington Post has an article today comparing the drive of new/young design firms to that of starting a rock n roll band. Check out the article and come to your own conclusion.
Click here to read the piece.
RICH BRILLIANT WILLING: Architectural Digest
August 12, 2011
Once again Rich Brilliant Willing is highlighted as designers to watch. This month in Architectural Digest’s AD Innovator column.
Click here to read all about it.
RICH BRILLIANT WILLING: Design Bureau
July 25, 2011
Design Bureau’s new issue features a nice article on Rich Brilliant Willing. Check out the piece for a little on each of the guys (Alex, Charles, Theo) and how their personalities combine to make Rich Brilliant Willing designers to watch.
Click here for the article. Or better yet, pick up a copy!
JONATHAN NESCI: You Have Been Here Sometime
July 22, 2011
Take some time and go over to the You Have Been Here Sometime blog to read an interesting article conducted recently with Jonathan Nesci. And while you are there, make sure to check out the rest of the interviews on the site.
Click here to read the interview.
FELICIA FERRONE: Michigan Public Radio
July 14, 2011
Felicia Ferrone was interviewed by Michigan Public Radio a few weeks back regarding her work as a designer utilizing local resources (something Volume always prides itself in as well) and also her new company call Shared-Practice. SP is an online community meant to connect like-minded individuals in the architecture/design/fabrication fields. Make sure to go to the website and join.
Check out the interview here.
JONATHAN MUECKE: W Magazine
May 23, 2011
In the most recent issue of W Magazine there is a great piece about Jonathan Muecke’s work – likening Mass to a black hole for your living room (an interesting use).
Click here for the article.
RICH BRILLIANT WILLING: Best New Designers
May 16, 2011
A big congratulations to Theo, Charles and Alex for winning the Best New Designer 2011 Editor Award at this year’s ICFF. Fantastic news for Rich Brilliant Willing.
Click here to see the list of winners.
JONATHAN MUECKE: Graham Foundation
May 9, 2011
Please join us this Saturday May 14th at 4:30 for a lecture at the Graham Foundation by Jonathan Muecke, titled “Open Objects”. This is sure to provide fascinating insight into the pieces being shown at Volume Gallery, as well as the larger design philosophy that informs Jonathan’s work.
Click here for more information and to RSVP.
JONATHAN MUECKE: Core77
April 27, 2011
Once again, Core77 has written a great piece on the upcoming Jonathan Muecke show. Thanks Lisa Smith.
Click here to read.
JONATHAN MUECKE: T Magazine
Thanks to Pilar Viladas for a nice preview of the upcoming Jonathan Muecke show Open Objects. We are very excited to be in the New York Times in some way or another for our last two shows. Keep the streak alive!
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RICH BRILLIANT WILLING: Design Applause
April 2, 2011
RICH BRILLIANT WILLING: You Have Been Here Sometime
March 20, 2011
The You Have Been Here Sometime blog has written an interesting piece on the inception of RBW’s Pro Forma collection – showing the project from start to finish.
Click here for the post.
RICH BRILLIANT WILLING: Designboom
March 18, 2011
Thanks for the mention of Designboom today. The post has great blown up images of all the pieces in the collection for your inspection.
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RICH BRILLIANT WILLING: Core77
March 17, 2011
There is a great post about the Pro Forma collection on the Core77 website that is definitely worth checking out.
Click here to read it.
VOLUME GALLERY: New York Times
March 16, 2011
This is very exciting for us! The Rich Brilliant Willing show Pro Forma debuting this weekend at Volume Gallery got a preview in the New York Times. We are very proud of this accomplishment.
Read the piece here.
VOLUME GALLERY: Timeout Chicago
March 14, 2011
This week’s TimeOut has a great article written by Lauren Weinberg on the work that we do at Volume. The piece gives a great preview for the upcoming Rich Brilliant Willing show, as well as a nice recap of the Jonathan Nesci and Felicia Ferrone shows.
Click here to read.
RICH BRILLIANT WILLING: VIP lounge at the Armory
RBW teamed up with Ligne Rosset to design the VIP Lounge at this year’s Armory Show in New York. Check out this short video that gives a behind the scenes look at the lounge they created.
RICH BRILLIANT WILLING: Core 77 Design Award Trophy
March 8, 2011
According to the Core77 website:
“This one we’re keeping under our hats a bit, but suffice it to say that we all know what’s wrong with most design award trophies (hint: it’s not the aesthetics). We have invited iconoclastic New York-based design firm Rich Brilliant Willing to design the inaugural Core77 Design Award Trophy, live, over the 2-month entry period so that participants can witness the evolution of the trophy they are trying to win. And of course, all winners, Runners-Up, and Notable entries will be published in the Core77 Design Awards Gallery site and across the Core77 online network.”
We are looking forward to what they design as well!
Click here to read about the awards.
FELICIA FERRONE: You Have Been Here Sometime
January 27, 2011
Felicia Ferrone vs. Fontana Arte. A worthy comparison.
Read it here.
RICH BRILLIANT WILLING: Abitare
January 21, 2011
What a pleasant surprise to find that Abitare posted the information for the upcoming Rich Brilliant Willing show Pro Forma. A great big thank you to Abitare for their support of the RBW.
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RICH BRILLIANT WILLING: Un Beige
January 20, 2011
Thanks UnBeige. Make sure check out this article written on the Rich Brilliant Willing show for Volume Gallery titled Pro Forma. Excellent.
Click here to read the post.
RICH BRILLIANT WILLING: Detnk
January 19, 2011
Stop by the Detnk website for all of your design needs – a great site from London that gives the reader up to date information on design happenings around the world. Thanks for the mention of the Rich Brilliant Willing show Pro Forma.
Read the post here.
RICH BRILLIANT WILLING: Because London
For a great article on all of the different projects that Rich Brilliant Willing are involved with, make sure to check out this cool piece on Because London’s website. Did you know that they are designing the VIP lounge with Ligne Roset for the Armory Show this year? Right on.
Read all about it here.
VOLUME GALLERY: Details Magazine
January 11, 2011
How cool is this? In the December issue of Details Volume Gallery was mentioned as one of the world’s finest design galleries. Very cool.
Click here to check it out.
JONATHAN NESCI: Chicago Magazine
December 20, 2010
FELICIA FERRONE: Carnet de Notes
December 10, 2010
Felicia Ferrone’s work for Volume Gallery is featured on the Carnet de Notes hot sheet. Click here to check it out.
RICH BRILLIANT WILLING: Sight Unseen
December 1, 2010
Rich Brilliant Willing are at it again. This time they are featured on the always wonderful Sight Unseen. Read about what inspires and informs their designs; from a recent trip to China to a glass insulator – these three look at what surrounds us with a sensitivity that is uniquely there own. Click here for the article.
FELICIA FERRONE: Otto Otto
November 1, 2010
Otto Otto has recently put up a great interview with Felicia Ferrone that delves into her creative process. Also, there are great pictures of many of the prototype and processes each piece in On Space went through before being fully realized.
Read the article here.
FELICIA FERRONE: Otto Otto
October 29, 2010
Here is a great piece that the blog Otto Otto published showing Felicia Ferrone’s installion for the On Space collection.
Have a look at the article here.
FELICIA FERRONE: Chicago Home & Garden
Chicago Home & Garden stopped recently to talk with Felicia Ferrone. They have posted this nice little article on the their blog – giving some insight into some of Felicia’s piece.
Read the article here.
JONATHAN MUECKE: Abitare
October 10, 2010
Check out this wonderful article written by Jonathan Olivares that was published in Abitare Magazine. It is a fascinating look into the world of Jonathan Muecke’s work. Volume Gallery will be presenting pieces by Muecke in 2011. Get ready. The article is here.
FELICIA FERRONE: Core 77
October 3, 2010
Please read the article written by Lisa Smith about Felicia Ferrone’s show On Space for the website Core77 here.
FELICIA FERRONE: On Space on Dexigner
September 23, 2010
Felicia Ferrone’s pieces are featured in an article on the dexigner blog. Click here to check it out.