Design Installations x Market Row

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LA Design Festival Takes Design to the Streets

Building on the momentum from last year, the LA Design Festival features more interactive and experiential design installations this year, taking the design out to Market Row. We asked creators to think about their work through the lens of Design with Purpose and the interpretations are boundless.

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ARCHITECTURE OFFICE x BIG WILL AND FRIENDS

Designed by Architecture Office, this installation redraws the popular Morris and Co. Wallpaper ‘Thistle,’ designed by John Henry Dearle in the late 19th century, into an inhabitable visual environment, establishing the wallpaper as intersection for various forms of knowledge. Traditionally, walls act as a support for hanging pictures, distinctly separating the structural from the pictorial. The layers of Big Will and Friends produce a visual thickness that melds the thin scrim wall with the painted pattern, blurring the distinction between the pictorial and the material properties of its architectural support. The scrim material produces shifting visual effects as the light changes throughout the day, causing the viewer’s perception to oscillate between material deployed as image, and image deployed as material. The project has exhibited in venues in Syracuse, New York and Eindhoven, Netherlands. At each exhibition new friends were invited to perform and inhabit the installation to perceptually extend or flatten its visual space. The accompanying live performances bridge the installation with its environment and with the inhabitant’s perception of their wallpapered surroundings.

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DREAMLAND CREATIVE PROJECTS x SPONTANEOUS SPACES FOR SINGING

The idea of “Design with Purpose” can be loaded but not according to Dreamland Creative Projects, a bold spatial design practice focused on emerging trends in care and wellness. Spaces for Spontaneous Singing is a playful take on the idea of purpose and a reminder that happiness, wellness, and freedom of expression should always be a part of our daily lives. The installation explores the idea of exhibitionism and levels of privacy. Visitors are invited to sit a while, spectate - or should the whim take them - perform as though in private just in public.

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INTIMACY INCUBATOR x EVAN BLISS x OMAR KHAIREDDIN

The inspiration for an INTIMACY INCUBATOR is a desire to bring people together, and for attendees to experience beautiful art & design as well as beautiful human connection. INTIMACY INCUBATOR object frames a gradient of social and atmospheric conditions, from a very outwardly-facing bench segment to a womb-like interior space for momentary escape or private conversation. The object itself is composed of repurposed and reconfigured electrical conduits arrayed radially, and stuffed full of bold-colored small throw pillows that will contrast with the neutral finish of the metal frame. The pillows serve to heighten the difference between hard outside and soft inside.

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GHATIT STUDIO x SUSTAINABLE FUTURE

Ghatit Studio is a Los Angeles based architecture and design studio founded by Adham el Ghatit. The Sustainable Future for Food installation is meant to reconnect the people of Los Angeles with the food we eat. Drawing inspiration from the farmers markets in California, the pavilion is designed as an urban food garden where fruits and vegetables can be grown and used at the LA Design Festival event. It also serves in raising awareness of the possibilities of urban farming and more sustainable food production models.

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MADWORKSHOP x SUCCULENT WALLS

The Martin Architecture and Design Workshop (MADWORKSHOP) supports students, makers, artists, and architects in the realization of socially valuable design projects. Our thriving fellowship and education programs nurture thinkers who will make radical, sustainable, and lasting contributions to the design discourse and society at large. Merging a contemporary aesthetic agenda, ambitious fabrication techniques, and the mentorship of MADWORKSHOP’s experienced Board of Directors, the foundation offers emerging designers the opportunity to take their ideas from concept to reality.  MADWORKSHOP will debut Succulent Walls, an installation that explores the idea of sustainability and water reclamation in an increasingly urban environment.

SOME PEOPLE x STAR GAZING TOWER

New York City-based Some People is an award-winning architecture and innovation studio in NYC. 
They focus on the application of cutting edge technologies, such as robotic fabrication and computational tools, in architectural design and construction. The purpose of the Sky Gazing Tower is to address issues and challenges that citizens of global cities face everyday, such as social anxiety, stress, and agoraphobia, by creating an installation that provides a personal space for the public to decompress while gazing at the sky. In collaboration with LA-based architectural fabrication and design studio Fathom and Form, Some People’s design gives space and time to each individual to just stare at the sky alone, while being surrounded by a hanging translucent pink membrane that diffuses the light and creates a soothing environment.

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VIRGINIA MELNYK x TETRAHEDRAL CLOUDSCAPE

Virginia Melnyk received her Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Urban Planning in 2007 and her Masters in Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania School of Design 2010. She has worked at leading architecture firms in LA, London, New York City, and Beijing. She is currently an adjunct professor at the University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Urban Planning.  She’s creating a tetrahedron structure made from hundreds of pieces of bamboo and flags or fabric in bright hues. Tetrahedrons are a strong structural shape made from 4 triangles. The Tetrahedral Cloudscape uses tetrahedrons assembled from 400 bamboo sticks and rope. The light flashes between the colored 50 pieces of fabric flags. Viewers can engage and meander between the forms and seek shade.

Haily Zaki