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TRIGGER POINTS | PLASTER MOULDINGS
HEATED WALL SURFACE ELEMENTS FOR SELF-MASSAGE
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PUBLIC HEAT | ARCHITECTURAL INSTALLATION
HEATED FACADE INSTALLATION USING POWERBLANKETS
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FOUND SPACE TILES | CERAMIC TILES
WALL SURFACE ELEMENTS DEFINED BY THE BODY 1/
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CONCEPT

As architects, we often ask oursevles, "how can this surface, this wall or floor, give more? what more can it give?" In answering this question, we have produced a series of ceramic tile prototypes - tiles that "reach out" to be touched.

Much like appropriating found objects, these tiles are made using the found spaces between bodies and architectural surfaces, and turned into positive forms. The design process is incidental; the forms happen, they aren't sculpted or orchestrated. The resulting tiles are a formal hybrid between two very necessary and basic architectural elements, the body and the wall. Part body and part wall, the tiles echo the presence of a person, a posture, and literally reach-out to be touched.

What these tiles give is a reference to the human body, embedded in a building material. The tiles encourage direct physical interaction; through touching and leaning, bodies find new niches for support, undulating folds and protrusions for resting, stimulating pressure points, or simply "fitting" like a garment - a new-found intimacy.

DOWNLOAD SPECIFICATIONS FOR FOUND SPACE TILES
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URBAN CUSHIONS | DESIGN RESEARCH
USING BODY-DEFINED FORM IN URBAN FURNITURE DESIGN
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