The Outdoor Office

June 10—12, 2013
NeoCon, Chicago
The Outdoor Office, an exhibit initially commissioned by the Art Institute of Chicago in 2012, was recommissioned and installed by NeoCon, North America’s largest design exposition and conference for commercial interiors. In this installation we had the opportunity to give visitors a sheltered place to rest amidst the busy fair, using Olivares Aluminum Chairs and plants. This exhibit was realized with the generous support of the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts.

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Olivares Aluminum Chair

2012
Knoll
The OAC is an outdoor stacking chair made with a thin, body-contoured cast aluminum seat shell that introduces a heightened level of comfort in metal seating. The chair’s paint is integral to the design, yielding a matte finish, which is scratch and UV resistant, as well as smooth to the touch. The design is available in a wide range of colors, and the inner portion of the seat shell can be painted a second color for two-tone variations. Weatherproof materials, and a solid build and weight make the chair ideally suited for well-trafficked outdoor applications.

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Sequence

2012
Lars Müller / Instigations: Harvard GSD 075
An essay written for Instigations: GSD 075, a book which explores the people, events, objects, and ideas at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, published on the occasion of the school’s 75th anniversary, and edited by Mohsen Mostafavi and Peter Christensen. Exploring links between the field of Industrial Design and the GSD’s past, I uncovered a cluster of disparate ventures by designers from the second generation of American modernists, which collectively reveal that the winter of American modernism was in fact very warm.

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La Table des Matières

2012
Nouveau Musée National de Monaco
La Table des Matières is a library, forum and social hub, designed by JODR for NMNM. Positioned at the entrance to the museum’s Villa Paloma, the room offers an informal environment to reflect on the museum’s exhibition, education and horticulture programs. A framework of wall-mounted templates, inspired by blogs, allow the museum’s curators, education coordinator and gardener to regularly post books, videos, plants, useful tools, descriptive texts and news for the visitor, and allow visitors to leave comments and their contact information for the museum.

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Chaise for Hallingdal 65

2012
Kvadrat
The Chaise for Hallingdal 65 was designed for the Hallingdal 65 exhibition, put on by the Danish textile manufacturer Kvadrat in celebration of their classic textile. The Chaise was imagined as a piece of furniture intended only to hold a piece of fabric. Considering how a roll of textile would find comfort and sit most naturally, the chaise allows the fabric to drape between a post that secures the roll itself and a rail that allows the end of the material to hang. The structure is made of aluminum castings and extrusions, and plastic fittings.

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Today’s Walls

April, 2012
Apartamento
This exploration into contemporary wall construction looks at how and why drywall became the building industry’s standard and how it lacks the texture, craft and aesthetic qualities that characterized so many of the walls of past civilizations, like stone walls, shoji screens and lath walls.

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The Outdoor Office

February 25 – October 14, 2012
The Art Institute of Chicago
Curated by Zoë Ryan, John H. Bryan Curator and Chair of Architecture and Design
The Outdoor Office is a project conducted at JODR to explore outdoor work settings for education and business environments. While portable work tools enable new kinds of workspaces, free from indoor constraints, HVAC and lighting pose financial and environmental burdens. The Outdoor Office seeks to address these problems by exploring new types of outdoor furniture and architectural elements, that could exist in an adjunct or complementary relationship with the traditional indoor workplace. This exhibit is the first public viewing of this work, and was realized with the generous support of the Architecture and Design Society and the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts.

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