New York– and Los Angeles–based architecture firm Leong Leong's "A Toolkit for a Newer Age" is part of an exhibition at Chamber Gallery titled Unpacking the Cube which also includes work by Steven Holl and Levenbetts. Fabricated out of Himalayan pink salt, the collection of nine objects are designed to satisfy basic human needs, which "can be configured into a series of distinct constellations, alluding to ritualistic events that provide individual and communal opportunities for reflection and socialization" according to the designers. The shapes of the tools are milled by robots, which creates a juxtaposition between the ancient organic matter from which they are made and the advanced technology used to create them. Eventually the salt objects will begin to degrade, which emphasizes the nature of human tools and how quickly essential items become obsolete. The objects include a tiffin, mortar and pestle, seats, vessel, censer, salt block, candle, horn, and headrests, all of which are placed on an insulated mat. Additionally, Holl contributed three cubic sculptures made of concrete, aluminum, and walnut. Levenbetts, comprised of David Leven and Stella Betts, included a collection of hollow wedge shaped pieces that can be combined to create a cube, as well as seating and shelving units. The exhibition is curated by Andrew Zuckerman and runs through March 5, 2016.
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Objects by Architects opens tonight in The Keller Gallery at the MIT School of Architecture and Planning. The exhibition features a collection of design objects “smaller than a breadbox,” by various working architects/designers. The work is all for sale somewhere, mostly on the Internet, and produced by consumer demand rather than in mass bulk making adventurous designs less of a risk. By working on a smaller scale, logistical limitations, such as materials, are less relevant also creating greater experimentation. And by making their design accessible in various places and formats, architects designing objects are reaching a broader audience, injecting innovative design into everyday life. Many architects are negotiating between the role of architect and designer, questioning and bending these boundaries. Those featured at The Keller Gallery include: Molo, Stanley Saitowitz, Actual / Josh Jakus, Eternity Stew, Moorhead + Moorhead, Meejin Yoon / MY Studio, Deger Cengiz, Nervous System, Barbara Flanagan, Yung Ho Chang, Cheryl Baxter, Nader Tehrani / NADAAA, Atelier Manferdini, Lightexture, Incorporated Architecture and Design, FTF Design Studio, Fiyel Levent, Rael San Fratello, MOS, and Graypants.