Tickets are available at the bottom of this page for the Materials & Applications' 2011 Summer
Studio Tours, our fundraiser to support M&A programming!
BALL NOGUES STUDIO, Benjamin Ball & Gaston Nogues
Ball-Nogues Studio is an integrated design and fabrication practice operating in the territory between architecture, art, and industrial design. Essential to each project is the “design” of the production process itself. We devise proprietary systems of construction, create new fabrication devices, develop custom digital tools, and invent materials with the aim of expanding the potential of the physically constructed world.
DIDIER HESS, Jenna Didier & Oliver Hess
A collaborative art practice that explores public experience, the built environment and the infrastructures we create to tie those forces together. We believe that each city is a living thing - a natural system - that has a pulse of its own. Through our art, we strive to connect a community to the network of relationships that sustains it by making that pulse visible.
OYLER WU COLLABORATIVE, Dwayne Oyler & Jenny Wu
Recognized for their experimentation in design and fabrication, the current work of OYLER WU includes installations in Los Angeles and Taipei, a mixed use development in Suzhou, China, and residences in Boston and Inner Mongolia. OYLER WU has exhibited at the Beijing Biennale, the Guggenheim Museum in New York, and the London Festival of Architecture and have published their first book, Pendulum Plane in 2009.
P-A-T-T-E-R-N-S, Marcelo Spina & Georgina Huljich
P-A-T-T-E-R-N-S work can be described as an attempt to deal with architectural organizations capable of acquiring a rather unseen degree of material performance. Their work has gained worldwide recognition for its inventive approach to design and architecture that fuses advanced computation with an extended understanding of form, building systems, tectonics and materials.
PORTABLE STUDIO, Edith Abeyta
Edith Abeyta is an installation artist residing in Los Angeles, California. Using re-purposed, salvaged and scavenged materials and incorporating interactive and participatory elements her installations focus and explore issues of collectivity, opportunity, and labor. Embracing notions of ephemerality and multiplicity she offers alternatives to static, single voiced art production.
URBAN OPERATIONS, John Southern
Urban Operations is a Los Angeles design and research firm founded by architect John Southern. The office specializes in residential design as well as creative projects that seek to expand critical discourse within architecture and the arts. The diverse portfolio of work completed since the studio opened in 2005 explores a wide variety of themes within contemporary culture ranging from research pamphlets, CNC-fabrication, temporary art installations, and permanent landscape interventions.
End up your tour on atwater village at the LA Design Festival's mini symposium on art and placemaking!
CLIFF GARTEN STUDIO, Cliff Garten
Led by internationally celebrated sculptor Cliff Garten, Cliff Garten Studio is a multidisciplinary studio specializing in large-scale urban design and landscape sculpture. Adept at working with a diversity of materials, methods, and scales, Garten creates sculptures that explore the interplay of light, urban space, landscape, and infrastructure. The studio also pursues a range of sculptural forms, including large-scale installation and small-scale, figurative sculpture, in addition to works on paper.
LAYER, Lisa Little & Emily White
Layer is an architecture firm formed by partners Lisa Little and Emily White in 2009. Layer's approach to design is rooted in rigorous material experimentation and a sensitivity to the nuances of human perception. Our projects range from buildings to installations, and have appeared at museums and galleries including Materials & Applications, the Pasadena Museum of Art and the A+D Museum. Currently we are working on an installation for the Skirball Cultural Center and a house in Venice.
LOHA, Lorcan O'Herlihy
Since LOHA’s inception in 1990, founder and Principal Lorcan O’Herlihy has sought opportunities to engage the operative layers of the urban landscape with respect to spatial, sensory and experimental information. In 2004 the Architectural League of New York selected Lorcan O’Herlihy as one of the eight “emerging voices” in the United States. LOHA’s commitment to design excellence in commercial, educational and residential projects has earned 26 national and international awards
OFFICE OF MOBILE DESIGN, Jennifer Siegal
Visiting Professor Jennifer Siegal is known for her work in creating the prefab home of the 21st century. She is founder and principal of the Los Angeles’ based firm Office of Mobile Design (OMD), which is dedicated to the design and construction of responsible, sustainable, and precision-built structures.
PREDOCK FRANE, Hadrian Predock & John Frane
Predock_Frane Architects was established by Hadrian Predock and John Frane in the year 2001 as a collaborative research and development design studio. The work of their practice ranges from small scale installations to large public venues. Their work has a strong material and sensate bias, with an interest in both the everyday and the exotic.
STEPHEN GLASSMAN STUDIO, Stephen Glassman
Stephen Glassman first caught international attention in the early 1990s when he began creating free-form bamboo installations in devastated urban sites following the aftermath of the Rodney King Riots, Malibu Fires and Northridge Quake. These works became symbols of resiliency in their LA communities and have evolved to become the permanent monumental sculptures he creates today. He represents a new generation of public artists that, in addition to a studio and gallery history, have always created work on the street -- art for art’s sake in a social context.
Join M&A, in partnership with Dwell and the LA Design Festival, for our self-guided tours of LA-based architects, artists, and designers. As part of our Summer Fundraiser, the tours will give participants a rare glimpse into the creative spaces of these innovative studios, while raising funds for our upcoming programs, such as the Fall 2011 installation Sunny Side-Up by Doris Sung and Ingalill Wahlroos-Ritter.
Choose the day/region of your liking, or come to both days for a complete Angeleno experience. Maps and wristbands will be given to participants. No one without a wristband will be admitted to the studio tours.
M&A has curated this tour to include several studios in Los Angeles that are representative of a new approach to the built environment. The designers and architects collected in this tour exemplify a special kind of ethos that simultaneously embraces digital tools for design and fabrication and a hands-on approach to prototyping and assembly that result in projects that are equally at home using new materials or repurposing old ones, re-inventing applications for 20th century and even 19th century processes.
This tour also serves as a way to catch up with past M&A exhibitors who have done many interesting things since last seen at M&A and we hope you are as excited as we are to catch up on where their interests have taken their work. Sensuality of materials, fluidity of design, and a sensitivity to the embedded energy of the entire process from fabrication to installation typify the products of these studios and we hope you are excited to support M&A and these interesting and exciting practitioners.