Open through December 30th, Chicago-based Architect Ania Jaworska’s SET, at Chicago’s Volume Gallery, is a meditation on form and material. A collection of eight furniture units, SET plays with familiar domestic shapes and textures. Each of the black lacquered units shares a resemblance to the others through color, material, scale, and form. Each unit in the show challenges the typical use of the piece of furniture it is based on. The dining table unit, with its overly exaggerated legs, only allows for four diners to sit at it at once. Slightly thinner than a normal dining table, diners sit closer together. Seating positions force all serving dishes to be pushed to the ends of the table, rather than the middle. The result is an enforced intimacy through design. The coffee and end table units are covered in cylindrical posts that are reminiscent of their own legs. These posts provide an ambiguous experience with the user. At first, one questions how the tables might be used. Jaworska’s answer is, “It can be used any way you would like.” From standing large format books on end between the posts, showing off cover and spine at the same time, or resting drinks on the individual ends, it is quickly clear that they are still functional, just not in a typical way. The bulbous arm chairs are grander than a La-Z-Boy. Despite their seemingly odd proportions, they are comfortable. Finished in the same high-gloss lacquer as the other pieces, softness comes from their interchangeable pads, one of which can wrap the sitter like a blanket. SET is not Jaworska’s first foray into furniture and object design. Notably, she designed the library shelving for the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts in Chicago. Her objects designs have also been shown at the Chicago Cultural Center, in a solo show at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, and at the 13th Venice Biennale. Ania Jaworska was also recently named to the shortlist of participants for the 2017 MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program (YAP). SET runs from November 11th through December 30th at Volume Gallery, 845 W. Washington Blvd, Chicago, IL 60607.
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The five finalists for the 2017 MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program (YAP) are here. The annual competition provides a stage for some of the best up-and-coming architects in the world; the winning installation is built in the MoMA PS1's courtyard for its Warm Up music series of performances. "The Young Architects Program is committed to offering emerging architectural talent the opportunity to design and present innovative projects, challenging each year’s winners to develop creative designs for a temporary, outdoor installation that provides shade, seating, and water. The architects must also work within guidelines that address environmental issues, including sustainability and recycling," according to the MoMA PS1 website.This year's finalists are:
- Bureau Spectacular
- Ania Jaworska
- Office of III: Sean Canty, Ryan Golenberg, and Stephanie Lin
- Jenny E. Sabin
- SCHAUM/SHIEH: Rosalyne Shieh and Troy Schaum
Recent YAP winners include Escobedo Soliz Studio (2016), Andrés Jaque / Office for Political Innovation (2015), The Living / David Benjamin, CODA / Caroline O'Donnell, as well as MOS Architects, SO-IL, WORKac, HWKN, and SHoP.
The winner will be announced in February and the installation will be built in time for the Warm Up series that starts in June.
Finalists are nominated by prominent journalists and academics, and the selection of five is made by a panel including Glenn D. Lowry, Director of The Museum of Modern Art; Kathy Halbreich, Associate Director at MoMA; Klaus Biesenbach, Director of MoMA PS1; Peter Reed, Senior Deputy Director for Curatorial Affairs; Martino Stierli, Philip Johnson Chief Curator of Architecture & Design at MoMA, Sean Anderson, Associate Curator of Architecture at MoMA; and Jenny Schlenzka, Associate Curator at MoMA PS1.