This months focus covers the
latest in architectural materials, including new metal, wood,
plastic, and resin offerings. Also featured are several resource
showrooms that help make the specification process of hard-to-source
materials easier for those searching for new options.
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Tom Kundigs Resin Table/Folded Stair (left
foreground) and Jeanne Gangs Wrinkled Rug
(left background). Lorcan OHerlihys
Convex/ Concave (above).
Exhibition explores the
design potential of stainless-steel mesh
Cambridge Architectural Mesh (CAM) recently
debuted a redesigned, handcrafted stainless-steel-mesh
collection. Organized into four categories, the collection
includes Veil, a large-scale, flexible open weave to
shade and screen structures; Drape, a flexible open
weave for window treatments and space dividers; Fill,
a rigid open weave for stair rails and grillwork; and
Panel, a rigid closed weave for stair-rail systems,
elevator cabs, and surface panels.
Last February, to coincide with the launch of the line
and demonstrate new application ideas, CAM presented
Restructure: New Forms in Architectural Mesh, an event
and exhibition held at the American Federation of Arts
in New York City. The architects presenting conceptual
objects in the show included Tod Williams, FAIA, and
Billie Tsien, AIA, of TWBTA, New York; Tom Kundig, FAIA,
of Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen, Seattle; Jeanne Gang,
AIA, of Studio Gang, Chicago; Lorcan OHerlihy,
AIA, of LOh/a, Los Angeles; and Craig Konyk, AIA, of
kOnyk, New York City. Jesse Reiser, AIA, and Nanako
Umemoto, of RUR Architecture, New York City, and Chad
Oppenheim, AIA, of Oppenheim Architecture + Design,
Miami, featured projects currently in development that
use CAMs mesh.
For the show, each team was assigned one of the new
CAM product categories and asked to design a project
that illustrates the capabilities of the material within
their own design context. Design parameters were limited
only for size and weight.
Cocurated by Marybeth Shaw of Shaw-Jelveh Design, Baltimore,
and Susan Grant Lewin, of Susan Grant Lewin Associates,
New York City, Restructure will travel to the 2005 AIA
Convention in Las Vegas, where it will be on view May
1921. There are tentative plans to take it to
Chicago, Miami, Los Angeles, and Seattle. Cambridge
Architectural Mesh, Cambridge, Md. www.architecturalmesh.com
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Cast resin inlay from Robin Reigi.
Research for corporate clients
keeps New York resource firm on top of the material
Robin Reigi, a New Yorkbased architectural
resource company that provides innovative materials
and processes to the A&D community, has recently
branched into material research. Led by partners Robin
Reigi and Jennifer Daly, the firm has built an advanced
materials library for General Motors, worked with Nickelodeon
to choose colorful and tactile materials for its licensing
trade-show booth, and is currently in the second phase
of work for Zeeland, Michiganbased furnishings
manufacturer Herman Miller.
Herman Miller gave us a design problem for a
new product line, and we were asked to find appropriate
materials to meet its criteria, explains Reigi.
These included issues such as high acoustic absorbancy,
as well as more conceptual matters, such as products
that help convey intimacy as well as professionalism.
The team spent several weeks searching for and reviewing
samples from dozens of manufacturers around the world.
In the end, they sent their client 10 different items
that met the criteria in the form of samples and a CD
of specs. Following this, the team presented the various
options to Rick Duffy, Herman Millers vice president
for CMF Design and Development, and those options will
be used for the next phase of product development, which
will include cost analysis, prototyping, and design
development. [Reigi] has a good network of material
connections and serves as a great conduit of cool stuff
and innovative breakthroughs, says Duffy.
Impressed with their work on the first phase, Herman
Miller has asked the team to create an innovative materials
library for them that would serve to inspire and educate
the design team for future projects. The library, made
of 75 custom samples, is currently under production.
Our task is not just to obtain stock samples
from vendors, as any librarian would, but to art direct
the making of custom samples that push the limits of
a material and show its more impressive capabilities,
Reigi explains. She hopes that this new chapter will
not only keep her firm on the cutting edge of the material
world, but will allow it to be a more effective resource
to its other clientsthe A&D community. Robin
Reigi, New York City. www.robin-reigi.com
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