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MR Studio is a small architecture studio based in Los Angeles, CA.

Digital Tchotchke

Team Members: Emily Mohr + Jonathan Rieke


Architects hang on to a lot of stuff. The architecture office is often an ontologically-hybrid space, existing somewhere between a dusty archive and an efficient workplace. Models sit on cluttered work-tables, drawings go from the printer, to pin-up boards, to piles on desks, and myriads of sketches infill the remaining open space. This accumulation of production within the workplace forms a thin crust of physical information that frames the everyday activity of the designer. Apart from the occasional tidying up and reshuffling of the old for the new, the status of this stuff largely goes unquestioned with respect to its impact on the formal practices (management or design) of any given office. As the residue of past processes, these formerly-operational objects work indirectly on the subjectivity of the designer: conveying an attitude rather than contributing to a working-knowledge. In the same way that Aunt Wanda’s tchotchke cabinet engenders a certain atmosphere in her petit-bourgeois sitting room, the amalgamation of architectural Knick-Knacks contributes to a professional mise-en-scène within the workplace. The specificity of this scenography brackets the formal and conceptual domains of a given practice. This Digital Tchotchke is an object made out of disparate parts from some of our recent projects.

Click on the Object; Use your mouse, and arrow keys (or WASD keys) + Space bar to make a drawing! Visit the web-based app linked above, to create and save the drawings.
To save the image files, click on the exhibition logo.

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