An obsession with the banal that occupies the background of architectural representation, the things we fill architectural spaces with, eventually led MOS to looking at the model furniture fashioned and photographed by architects. Made with the wrong-sized tools—i.e. human hands—and with the wrong material, the models are translations of translations: from a chair to a model to a chair again, or from reality/reference to replica to representation. This scalar shift produces another condition, something familiar but different or slightly off, akin to the effects of shifting resolution when one blows up an image. Collecting these photographs of model furniture into a single catalog, “An Unfinished Catalog of Model Furniture Without Architecture,” MOS used these various characteristics as a starting point for translations of their own design in a new furniture series titled “Model Furniture.” Scaling up these miniatures toward their originals while maintaining their reductive, archetypal forms and indifference to use, MOS produces chairs, stools, and shelves that are at the same time reference and referent, original and copy, reality and representation.
#2016 #Object #MOS Architects