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At Collective Design, inflatable landscapes, spinning playgrounds, and other architectural highlights

AN’s editors toured the 6th edition of The Collective Design Fair at the Skylight Clarkson North this morning. At the fair known for its creative installations, we strolled through aisles of booths occupied by design-focused galleries and site-specific creations by local designers and museums. Several, highlighted below, walk that dazzling line between art, design, and architecture.   Natural Workshop by Jesse Seegers and Brook Landscape Tucked behind the show lies an ephemeral playground by Jesse Seegers surrounding a forested landscape by Brook Landscape. Seegers describes the process as “inflatable spaces I design, make the patterns for, cut out, and do physics simulations, digitally, to see what the finished design will look like.” The actualized forms are inflated by a constant stream of air that inflates three "breathing" plastic bellies. “I intentionally designed very simple forms,” explained Seegers. “This one is a standard tube, while the other two are tapered, which exaggerates the perspective.” VIP lounge by Leonidas Trampoukis and Eleni Petaloti of LOT office for architecture Though it is called the VIP lounge, founding partner of LOT and Objects of Common Interest, Leonidas Trampoukis, would describe the topography of glass blocks and slabs of acrylic his firm created as “more an installation.” Fashioned from translucent cuboids from Glass Block Warehouse Inc. and glossy umber-hued acrylic by Plaskolite, the purely decorative furnishings exude whimsical and textural vocabulary. My Reality by Crosby Studios Harry Nuriev, founder of Crosby Studios, is heavily influenced by growing up in Moscow. His Collective booth is lined by larger than life photos of his childhood apartment complex, a place he left at just 10 years old. While he practices primarily in New York City, the artist and architect draws inspiration from his formative years, in this case, the nostalgic memory of the traditional carousels of his younger years. Nuriev reinterpreted his childhood playground as a vibrant purple roundtable that spins in circles, a symbolic gesture to his formative years and inspiration. The Dream by Fernando Mastrangelo Inspired by Henri Rousseau’s painting The Dream, Fernando Mastrangelo created a sumptuous, curvilinear furniture landscape fashioned from sand molded with acrylic resin. Mastrangelo explains that the process to make wall tiles and other furniture, “as kind of like sand castle-style packing sand, only into a mold.” A surreal mountainous landscape surrounds the focal point of the space, a sand-cast sofa upholstered in oxblood cashmere, while the painting is visible through a nook in the wall, making the deep emeralds, reds, and oranges glow richly throughout the tableau.
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Architecture firm LOT on pop-up culture, robotic fabrication, and the firm's new design company

After founding their architecture firm, LOT, in 2012, Eleni Petaloti and Leonidas Trampoukis decided to expand into furnishings with their design company, objects of common interest. Based in New York, where they live, and Greece, where they grew up, the multidisciplinary studio has gained a solid following in the design community with its focus on materiality and simplicity.

The Architect’s Newspaper: With LOT, you have built several notable pavilions and interiors projects, like the restaurant Nolita in Athens. What was the impetus behind launching objects of common interest. as an extension of your architectural practice?

Eleni Petaloti and Leonidas Trampoukis: Contrary to creating objects for our architecture and interior projects, objects of common interest. started purely as an expression of ideas, scribbling and sketching, wanting to materialize pieces for our pleasure. Of course, we design custom elements and furniture for our projects, but objects of common interest is not this, as abstract ideas may or may not necessarily lead to a similar aesthetic or conceptual direction. We see objects of common interest. as a sibling studio of LOT. It is run by the same people (us and our associates: Vincent Meyer Madaus in New York and Anastasia Maggouta in Greece) with the intention of creating unique pieces and still-life installations, as well as to establish interdisciplinary collaborations and to move freely between design, art, and architecture.

Many emerging practices today consider the design of objects more and more in their work. What do you think has spurred this fascination with the smaller scale for architects?

Architects have historically been involved, and very good at, working with the small scale in our opinion. We see from a different point of view than a trained product designer: that of an expression rather than for production.

With the emergence of pop-up culture, designers and architects are blending their scope and scales of intervention, leading to very interesting project initiatives for installations, pavilions, pop-ups, etc.

On top of this, other industries work in much faster rhythms and aim toward the creation of architectural environments—where architects who are interested in the smaller scale find ground for experimentation.

You have talked about your design process as having a particular “consciousness” and “pragmatism” that is expressed in a variety of spatial and material ways. Could you elaborate on this?

We think it would mostly direct the conversation to objects that are delicate in materiality, form, or structure, but are there to actually be used and are not “do not touch” pieces.

The marble-and-acrylic Side Tables, for example, are a set of two tables, varied in size, that are comprised of marble slabs capped and held together by a solid cast piece of translucent acrylic—it’s a play in tectonics and material juxtaposition for a commonplace object.

We like designing blended notions of abstraction and activation, which we translated in a different way at the installation for Flatiron Plaza, a monumental sculptural piece, full of activity and interaction with the public.

How does digital technology advance your designs?

We have been exploring concept through the fabrication techniques used, whether digital or not, to highlight certain qualities that we look for in every object. The concrete-and-copper mirror, for example, is cut with a robotic CNC arm out of a single block of aerated concrete—a very cheap material used for building retaining walls—and then out of solid Greek marble, sculpted by hand by craftsmen from the island of Tinos in Greece to produce something that is almost the same, but so much different.

What’s next for objects of common interest?

We are launching a collaboration with Matter showroom in Soho, and have initiated creative collaborations at the next Design Miami, London Design Festival, and Art-Athina in Athens for spatial design projects. This is where LOT and objects of common interest. may come closer and become one, before they take separate ways again, like someone with a dual identity.

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See the glowing winner of this year's Flatiron holiday design competition

On a blustery night this week, local architects and members of the public came out to relax in hammocks in the middle of 5th Avenue for a festive holiday season kick-off. The hammocks, suspended on white powder-coated steel armatures, are part of Flatiron Sky-Line, this year's winning installation in a contest hosted jointly by the Van Alen Institute and the Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership Business Improvement District (BID). The Flatiron Public Plaza Holiday Design Competition, now in its third year, asks architects to design a temporary structure for the traffic island at Broadway, 5th Avenue, and 23rd Street, adjacent to Madison Square and with the famous triangular building at its southern edge. LOT, the New York City– and Greece-based firm founded by Eleni Petaloti and Leonidas Trampoukis, won the invited competition to design a temporary interactive installation that anchors the Partnership's holiday programming. Ten connected arches with strategically-placed mesh hammocks, illuminated with inset LED lights, mirror the form of the Flatiron Building. “Flatiron Sky-Line creates a dynamic new social space underneath its illuminated arches. The structure invites visitors to walk within and around it, gaze through it toward the skyline, and experience the Flatiron District’s surroundings through a unique lens,” said Trampoukis. “The simplicity of the design draws in passersby and inspires them to savor this iconic intersection.” The installation is open every day from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., as weather permits. See The Architect's Newspaper's coverage of the 2014 and 2015 winners here, and here.
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Van Alen Institute reveals winner of festive Flatiron holiday installation contest

Common decency puts a kibosh on Christmas music before Thanksgiving, but New York's Van Alen Institute wants you to think of the holidays extra early this year: Yesterday the group announced the winner of its annual contest that brings temporary architecture to the people of Manhattan. New York– and Greece–based LOT was one of five firms invited to submit designs for the competition. Their winning installation, Flatiron Sky-Line, is a series of 10 arches fabricated from white powder-coated steel tubes and outfitted with LED lights. Hammocks draped on the arches will allow visitors a leisurely resting spot where they can to take in the city around them. For the past three years, the Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership Business Improvement District (BID) and Van Alen have partnered to bring a festive, holiday-themed installation on the North Flatiron Public Plaza, that concrete triangle at the intersection of Broadway, 5th Avenue, and 23rd Street. Last year, SOFTlab had the honor of activating the plaza with their psychedelic installation, Nova. “Flatiron Sky-Line is an engaging installation, creating a social space underneath the illuminated arched outline, a structure to walk within and around, gaze through it towards the skyline, and experience Flatiron’s surroundings through a certain lens,” said LOT co-founding principal Leonidas Trampoukis, in a statement. “The simplicity of the installation’s design will draw in audiences, and, we expect, produce significant feelings as they stand in one of our country’s most recognizable intersections.” LOT's residential and commercial interiors, as well as its sculptural displays, can be seen all over the globe: Recent work includes a boutique hotel overhaul in Mykonos, Greece, and the New York showroom for Paris-based designer Laure de Sagazan. Flatiron Sky-Line will be officially unveiled on November 21.