Useless: An Exploded View

October 2 – November 27, 2011
EXD’11 / Lisboa & MUDE
Designed and curated for the Portuguese design biennial EXD’11, this exhibit explores the varied causes, manifestations and effects of uselessness in the design, production and disposal of contemporary products. A forty meter long display table, flanked by chairs, allows visitors to sit, study, read the exhibit guide, watch videos, and discuss. Conceived as a three dimensional library, the exhibit envisions the design museum as a dynamic place for social exchange and debate.

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Walls

2012
Ediciones Jalapa
In 2010 JODR began collaboration with E/J in Mexico City to research, test and manufacture explorative archetypes that exist between architecture and product design. The first exploration focuses on walls, offering an alternative to the sheetrock variety, with traditional building materials, marble, wood and glass sheet. Walls were envisioned as a semi-permanent element, that can distinguish and separate space through visual and acoustic privacy. The object was designed to support a wide variety of marble and tinted glass sheet, as specified by an architect or client, which together change the tone of a space.

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JODR at NMNM

October 16, 2011 – January 8, 2012
Nouveau Musée National de Monaco
This exhibit shows JODR’s activity in product design, research and writing, as well as in-progress interior design that the office is doing for NMNM. Products, videos of products in use shown on iPads, books, and press about the office are displayed together, on platform-benches designed for the museum by JODR. The benches offer a casual way of engaging multiple forms of media within the museum context.

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The Size of Memory

October, 2011
Domus
This article maps the evolution of digital storage from the earliest models that occupied entire rooms to remote cloud storage that occupies zero physical space for those with access. The contemporary external hard disk drive is perhaps the last form of tangible digital storage that will exist in our homes and offices, so in celebration tangible things, several contemporary hard disk drives were gathered, studied, photographed and reviewed at JODR.

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A Design Matrix

May 5 – July 15, 2011
CENTRO Mexico City
This school-wide exhibition on JODR’s work explores the social, spatial and professional matrix that the office works in. Photographs and animations place JODR’s products within their architectural and functional context. Research on outdoor work spaces and all the pages of A Taxonomy of Office Chairs are exploded in display cases. This exhibition was realized with the generous support of the Graham Foundation.

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A Taxonomy of Office Chairs

2011
Phaidon Press
A Taxonomy of Office Chairs is an exhaustive visual and technical history of the office chair, told through the lens of a morphological taxonomy – a method of classification that orders elements by form and structure. This approach has never before been applied to a man-made object, and while the book could have focused on any product, the office chair was the perfect subject because of its rich technical history and close relation to everyday life.


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Terri Desk

2011
Danese Milano
Terri is a home-office desk with a semi-circular shape that extends as far as the reach of a users arm. The desk surface is made with molded polyurethane foam, which acts as a continuous mouse pad, and like a traditional leather pad, is soft to the touch and yet firm enough to write on with a pen.

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