ABOUT


Current Objects is a curated collection of architect*-designed objects. It is a publication of small things; a digital (and sometimes physical) store; a forum for experimentation, production, and extension of architectural practice and research.

We see object-making as an extension of architectural practice on an expedited timescale, and therefore seek small-scale objects that communicate with the large-scale, whether through a redesigned supply chain; a reimagining of the everyday; reuse and repair; community and sharing; or collaboration in design and production.

Current Objects is an imprint of Object Projects︎︎︎, a California-based, women-owned architectural practice.


*We use "architect" here in the colloquial sense, which is to say that we don't know (and don't care) if contributors to Current Objects actually hold a valid architectural license, only that they are architecturally-minded, have some architecture education, and/or might professionally engage in the design of buildings.

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RETURNS
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SHIPPING
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CONTACT
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CREDITS
Photography: Jon Runion︎︎︎
Typeface: Dinamo︎︎︎
Website: Current Objects

CONTRIBUTORS


ISSUE 03 CONTAIN/HOLD
Mariah Smith︎︎︎
Mariah Smith’s background is in architecture, and her work with rag rugs began with her research into the relationship between domestic handicraft and the built environment. She works under the assumption that textiles are an element of
architecture and homemaking is design. Domestic crafts like mending and rag rug weaving are inherently sustainable, and she is interested in the care that goes into ensuring the longevity of handcrafted objects. Her work is rooted in
repeatedly re-working/re-interpreting the surfaces and patterns that surround our most intimate selves. She has a Master’s in Architecture from Princeton University and a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from UC Berkeley.

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Ohnodonna︎︎︎
ohnodonna is a part-time design studio where playfulness/whimsy/education/social is at the forefront of its creations. SCARF-SCARF was created under ohnodonna as an exploration into the intersection between garments and visual information.

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Object Projects︎︎︎
Object Projects is a woman-owned California-based architecture and design studio. We make objects and buildings and everything in between in pursuit of surprising, fun, weird, confusing, challenging, unfamiliar, etc. experiences. We play with standards and seek out strategic and material opportunities to defy expectations. We consciously cultivate curiosity and openness to ideas, wherever they may originate.

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ISSUE 02 LAYER 
Iowa State University︎︎︎
YanJiu Bai is a computational designer and ceramicist. He holds a Master of Science in Architecture from Iowa State University where he completed his thesis “Designing Access to Clay 3D Printing for Ceramic Artists” which integrated knowledge from architecture, computational design, human-computer interaction, and ceramics. After graduation YanJiu is joining Corgan’s Dallas office as an architectural designer.

Shelby Elizabeth Doyle, AIA, is a registered architect, Associate Professor of Architecture, and Stan G. Thurston Professor of Design Build at the Iowa State University College of Design and co-founder of the ISU Computation & Construction Lab (CCL) and ISU Architectural Robotics Lab (ARL). The CCL and ARL are the result of Doyle's ISU Presidential Impact Hire to rethink digital fabrication and design-build. The CCL works to connect developments in computation to the challenges of construction: through teaching, research, and outreach. Doyle received a Fulbright Fellowship to Cambodia, a Master of Architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and a Bachelor of Science in architecture from the University of Virginia. She is currently the president of ACADIA and co-PI on a collaborative grant to develop 3D-printed affordable housing for rural communities in Iowa.

Ingrid Lilligren is a professor in the Department of Art and Visual Culture, College of Design, Iowa State University, where she teaches courses in ceramics and public art. She holds a BFA degree from the University of Wisconsin at River Falls and a MFA degree from The Claremont Graduate University. Recent exhibitions included the Des Moines Art Center, the Brunnier Art Museum, Ames, IA, Woodbury University Hollywood Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, and the Museum of the Hand in Lausanne, Switzerland. Her work is held in public collections including Grinnell College, Iowa State University, and the Sioux City Art Center and numerous private collections.

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Labo-d’︎︎︎
Multi-cultural, multi-dimensional, multi-hyphened design and experience strategy consultant, Florence Guiraud breaks the daily grind by making objects and artifacts with her hands.

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obj︎︎︎
obj is a design collective engaging realms of art, architecture, and urbanism. With our different minds and diverse strengths we strive to create projects that ask the right questions, take a firm stance, and tell beautiful stories. As why-askers and yeasayers, we shy away from either/or to embrace the both/and. We are choreographers of social experiences, combining art and design processes to engage critically with the built and experienced environment.

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ISSUE 01 REFLECT 
Associates And︎︎︎

Associates And is a design agency of sorts and an unfinished sentence for certain. Founded by Betsy Clifton and Richard Williamson in 2021, the office works against assumptions born of habit and routine and the consequences for spaces and living patterns. Associates And scales between objects and social agreements, domestically, culturally, commercially, and otherwise. It is a preoccupation in progress, currently based in New York.

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Bugs Studio︎︎︎

Bugs Studio celebrates the creative co-existence of people and things. The bugs question the way that we fill our temporary and permanent spaces and the ways that we use, waste, value, and de-value the things that fill our lives.

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Peter Heon and Ben Dooley︎︎︎

Peter Heon is a designer in Austin. His namesake fashion label explores the trajectory of technology in menswear.

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Ben Dooley is a writer and architectural designer in Paris. He currently works for MOS.

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Nancy Kim︎︎︎

Nancy Kim is an interdisciplinary artist and designer, currently based out of the Hudson Valley in New York. They work across mixed media, including collage, painting, sculpture, sound, and wearables.

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Little [a] Architecture︎︎︎

New York–based design team founded by Natsuki Maeda and Collin Gardner.

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Nick McFadden Art and Design︎︎︎

Nick McFadden studied architecture at RISD and has spent his career designing schools and early childhood development centers. He currently works for a Native American–owned firm engaging in work throughout the Northwest and Southwest on various tribal projects.

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Alicia Moreira︎︎︎

Alicia Moreira is a San Francisco–based designer interested in small-scale assemblies and their large-scale entanglements. She holds a Master of Architecture from UC Berkeley, and currently works with Object Projects and Current Objects.

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MR Studio︎︎︎

MR Studio is a Los Angeles–based architecture and design practice led by Emily Mohr and Jonathan Rieke. Jon is a licensed architect in California and Emily is design faculty at SCI-Arc. As a pair, they share an interest in playful geometry and materiality that is unexpected and sustainable. Current projects include a ground-up cabin in the mountains, a lakeside renovation, and two ADUs.

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Object Projects︎︎︎

Object Projects is a woman-owned California-based architecture and design studio. We make objects and buildings and everything in between in pursuit of surprising, fun, weird, confusing, challenging, unfamiliar, etc. experiences. We play with standards and seek out strategic and material opportunities to defy expectations. We consciously cultivate curiosity and openness to ideas, wherever they may originate.

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office ca︎︎︎

office ca is a design research collaborative. We make material things, write down thoughts about fictional worlds, and research curious objects. We are fascinated by the absurdities of both the everyday and the fantastical. Through the act of designing and making, we strive to continue a dialogue about physical/virtual realities, distant memories, and weird hallucinations.

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Giant Order︎︎︎

Eleanor Pries designs from small to large, from objects to experiences. How do materials and spaces interact with light, water, and air? Using digital fabrication and material capacities, she explores performative systems and techniques. Eleanor teaches design and architecture at San Jose State University and leads a small practice, Giant Order, in San Francisco. She is an avid surfer at Ocean Beach.

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rockpaperscissors︎︎︎

rockpaperscissors is a material experimentation lab. From assembling complete objects to developing isolated details, the lab explores materials intimately to gain a practical understanding of their physical properties. rockpaperscissors is presently working with plywood, paper, resin, concrete, glass, and cloth.

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Nadya Volicer︎︎︎

Nadya Volicer is an artist in Boston, MA, who works with wood, paper, found objects, and fabric to make objects and installations. She also works as a designer, creating everything from architecture to ephemera. She received a BFA in Sculpture from the Massachusetts College of Art and an MArch from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2012. Nadya has created site-specific works for many spaces, including the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, MA, and Real Art Ways, CT, and permanent installations at Sheridan College, WY, and the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore, MD. She has been awarded several residencies including the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, NE, and the McColl Center for Visual Art, NC, and in 2007 received a Pollack-Krasner Foundation award.

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