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.

2024 MOON CALENDAR

ISSUE: Contain/Hold 
YEAR: 2023
STUDIO: Object Projects
MATERIAL: Screen-printed cotton 
QUALITIES: Textile

DESCRIPTION︎︎︎

22” x 22”

A moon calendar, a cotton bandana, an annual celebration of tides and celestial bodies. Wear it, consult it, enjoy the pale pink on hunter green contrast. 




SEA LEVEL RISE SCARF

ISSUE: Contain/Hold 
YEAR: 2023
STUDIO: Donna Mena, ohnodonna
MATERIAL: Silk
QUALITIES: Textile

DESCRIPTION︎︎︎

21” x 21” silk

SCARF-SCARF is a limited-run scarf and bandana project exploring the relationship of garmentry and visual communication. The scarf, as seen through the lens of a statement piece made to capture an individual's attention, holds a vast amount of power in the contents that it chooses to display on its fabric. Inspired by the garment's capacity to entice and inform, SCARF-SCARF uses illustrations to education the public on topics that fall under the intersections of architecture and urbanism. Over the last year, SCARF-SCARF has produced 10 scarves focused on architectural themes.

This newest scarf, "SF Sea Level Rise", the first of a new series focused on the environmental and climate issues facing our world today. The illustration summarizes a lengthy and link-heavy assessment produced by SFPlanning showcasing SF's vulnerability zone as effected by SRL. The article is informative and a good reference for the public's knowledge but, it's not something that's widely known unless you do a Google search, "sea level rise SF map" like I did.

If we make important information more accessible to the public in a way thats off kilter, will they be more enticed to research on their own? How can we make information more accessible irl?




NESTING CROCHETED BOWLS

ISSUE: Contain/Hold 
YEAR: 2023
STUDIO: Mariah Smith
MATERIAL: Cotton, Poly-Cotton Blend
QUALITIES: Textile

DESCRIPTION︎︎︎

7” x 7” x 3.5”

The nesting crocheted bowls are constructed using remnants of previous Current Objects - the 2022 and 2023 moon calendar bandanas and an OSB-printed shower curtain that had an unfortunate run-in with a candle at a pop-up. 

Two nested bowls per set. 




PITCHER

ISSUE: Layer 
YEAR: 2023
STUDIO: Iowa State University: Ceramics and Computation and Construction Lab
MATERIAL: Ceramic, food-safe glaze
QUALITIES: 3D-printed

DESCRIPTION︎︎︎

7.5”h x 4.75”

Combining 3D-printed forms and analog fabrication by YanJiu Bai, under the direction of Shelby Doyle, each piece is surfaced with glazes created by Ingrid Lilligren. Fired to Cone 6 in an electric kiln, these represent our collaboration that brings cutting-edge technology together with sustainable ceramic practices. Each piece is entirely functional and food safe.

This work is a result of a six-year partnership between the ISU Ceramics Studio and ISU Computation & Construction Lab. Both are housed in the Iowa State University College of Design. One of the most comprehensive design colleges in the country, it is home to seven departments, fostering opportunities for unique multidisciplinary collaborations.

The ISU Computation & Construction is an initiative of the Department of Architecture and is home to $1 million in digital fabrication and robotics equipment that support cutting edge teaching and research. The ISU Ceramics studio is housed in the Department of Art and Visual Culture with a focus on sustainable practices in ceramics.

The collaboration began with the development of SEKI, a collection of eighty unique vases designed for President Wendy Wintersteen’s installation in 2018. Each vase represents the integration of custom-made glazes with computational designs and clay 3D printing. An important innovation of this project was the use of Cone 6 electric kiln glazes that rely upon Iowa’s wind energy rather than gas. The palette of glaze colors was inspired by the University Museums’ Iowa College Pottery collection, thereby connecting advances in ceramic technology to its history at Iowa State.

In 2021 ISU College of Design became part of a team exploring 3D printing rural affordable housing. The cups and pitchers sold here are the result of imagining 3D printed dinnerware for a 3D printed house. The techniques demonstrated here were developed during YanJiu Bai’s Master of Science thesis Designing Access to Clay 3D Printing for Ceramic Artists.

All proceeds from the sale of the cups and pitchers will be donated to the ISU Ceramics Studio to support future collaborations and student work.  





CHANDELLE

ISSUE: Layer 
YEAR: 2023
STUDIO: Labo-d’
MATERIAL: Ceramic
QUALITIES: Shiny, Aggregated

DESCRIPTION︎︎︎

5”h x 4.5” x 3.5”

Chandelle is a ceramic work made of glazed Buffalo wallow clay consisting of a balancing candle-holding cylinder and a truncated conical volume. The forms intersect to create a decorative object that plays on the theme of reflection and layers; a two-sided object that can be used as a candle holder on one side, and a receptacle (for a bloom) on the other. Chandelle is handmade and therefore each item is slightly different; candle not included.





SHADOW LIGHT

ISSUE: Layer 
YEAR: 2023
STUDIO: obj
MATERIAL: Glass, resin, stainless steel
QUALITIES: Distorting, Interactive

DESCRIPTION︎︎︎

6.5”h x 5.25” x 3”

A series of broken shadows. A floating piece of shattered glass frozen in time expresses itself on the wall under the luminescence of a cantilevered pin light. Produced in series, each piece is named as the moment it was born.

Shattered Glass in Resin with Stainless Steel Rods
3D-Printed Light with Micro 12V LED
Power cord





CUP

ISSUE: Layer 
YEAR: 2023
STUDIO: Iowa State University: Ceramics and Computation and Construction Lab
MATERIAL: Ceramic, food-safe glaze
QUALITIES: 3D-printed

DESCRIPTION︎︎︎

4”h x 3.375”

Combining 3D-printed forms and analog fabrication by YanJiu Bai, under the direction of Shelby Doyle, each piece is surfaced with glazes created by Ingrid Lilligren. Fired to Cone 6 in an electric kiln, these represent our collaboration that brings cutting-edge technology together with sustainable ceramic practices. Each piece is entirely functional and food safe.

This work is a result of a six-year partnership between the ISU Ceramics Studio and ISU Computation & Construction Lab. Both are housed in the Iowa State University College of Design. One of the most comprehensive design colleges in the country, it is home to seven departments, fostering opportunities for unique multidisciplinary collaborations.

The ISU Computation & Construction is an initiative of the Department of Architecture and is home to $1 million in digital fabrication and robotics equipment that support cutting edge teaching and research. The ISU Ceramics studio is housed in the Department of Art and Visual Culture with a focus on sustainable practices in ceramics.

The collaboration began with the development of SEKI, a collection of eighty unique vases designed for President Wendy Wintersteen’s installation in 2018. Each vase represents the integration of custom-made glazes with computational designs and clay 3D printing. An important innovation of this project was the use of Cone 6 electric kiln glazes that rely upon Iowa’s wind energy rather than gas. The palette of glaze colors was inspired by the University Museums’ Iowa College Pottery collection, thereby connecting advances in ceramic technology to its history at Iowa State.

In 2021 ISU College of Design became part of a team exploring 3D printing rural affordable housing. The cups and pitchers sold here are the result of imagining 3D printed dinnerware for a 3D printed house. The techniques demonstrated here were developed during YanJiu Bai’s Master of Science thesis Designing Access to Clay 3D Printing for Ceramic Artists.

All proceeds from the sale of the cups and pitchers will be donated to the ISU Ceramics Studio to support future collaborations and student work.





MUG

ISSUE: Layer 
YEAR: 2023
STUDIO: Iowa State University: Ceramics and Computation and Construction Lab
MATERIAL: Ceramic, food-safe glaze
QUALITIES: 3D-printed

DESCRIPTION︎︎︎

4” x 3.375” 

Combining 3D-printed forms and analog fabrication by YanJiu Bai, under the direction of Shelby Doyle, each piece is surfaced with glazes created by Ingrid Lilligren. Fired to Cone 6 in an electric kiln, these represent our collaboration that brings cutting-edge technology together with sustainable ceramic practices. Each piece is entirely functional and food safe.

This work is a result of a six-year partnership between the ISU Ceramics Studio and ISU Computation & Construction Lab. Both are housed in the Iowa State University College of Design. One of the most comprehensive design colleges in the country, it is home to seven departments, fostering opportunities for unique multidisciplinary collaborations.

The ISU Computation & Construction is an initiative of the Department of Architecture and is home to $1 million in digital fabrication and robotics equipment that support cutting edge teaching and research. The ISU Ceramics studio is housed in the Department of Art and Visual Culture with a focus on sustainable practices in ceramics.

The collaboration began with the development of SEKI, a collection of eighty unique vases designed for President Wendy Wintersteen’s installation in 2018. Each vase represents the integration of custom-made glazes with computational designs and clay 3D printing. An important innovation of this project was the use of Cone 6 electric kiln glazes that rely upon Iowa’s wind energy rather than gas. The palette of glaze colors was inspired by the University Museums’ Iowa College Pottery collection, thereby connecting advances in ceramic technology to its history at Iowa State.

In 2021 ISU College of Design became part of a team exploring 3D printing rural affordable housing. The cups and pitchers sold here are the result of imagining 3D printed dinnerware for a 3D printed house. The techniques demonstrated here were developed during YanJiu Bai’s Master of Science thesis Designing Access to Clay 3D Printing for Ceramic Artists.

All proceeds from the sale of the cups and pitchers will be donated to the ISU Ceramics Studio to support future collaborations and student work.




LIQUIDPLY KNOB

ISSUE: Reflect
YEAR: 2022
STUDIO: rockpaperscissors
MATERIAL: Plywood off-cuts
QUALITIES: Round, Recycled

DESCRIPTION︎︎︎

Plywood offcuts are reframed as the main event with these hand-turned knobs. Available in three shapes—Sphere, Cone, and Cup—they can be mixed and matched as cabinet pulls or wall hooks. Each knob is unique and shows the love and care taken in reusing material remnants gleaned from job sites. Part of a larger material research program undertaken by Mumbai-based Studio Tessera.

Each knob is shipped with hardware for through-bolting. Spec for wall-mounting hanger bolt size available upon request.


$35 $20


WEIGHTED QUILT PROTOTYPE

ISSUE: Reflect
YEAR: 2022
STUDIO: Peter Heon and Ben Dooley
MATERIAL: Nylon, fleece, 3M Thinsulate
QUALITIES: Heavy, Interactive, Aggregated, Puffy

DESCRIPTION︎︎︎

The Weighted Quilt Prototype is intended for camping, picnics, laying on, laying under, sticking your arms or head through and wearing as a cape while eating cereal late at night, moving furniture, moving boxes, fort making, sound dampening, carpeting, maybe, and more.

The two pieces of the Prototype each have nine buttons and nine button holes and can be attached in a variety of ways. The padded buttons weigh two pounds each making each quilt weigh about 12 pounds. The buttons can be removed, too. It's adjustable. The quilts join together or they can be apart.

The Prototype is made of lightweight ripstop nylon and fleece, with 3M Thinsulate inside.


$600 $450


CLOUD AND CIRCLE MENORAH


ISSUE: Reflect
YEAR: 2022
STUDIO: Object Projects
MATERIAL: Powder-coated aluminum
QUALITIES: Shiny, Flat, Folded

DESCRIPTION︎︎︎

A platform for celebration, a totem of tradition, an expression of the present, and a seasonal decoration in the home: the CLOUD and CIRCLE menorahs are available in semi-matte white and glossy green powder-coated finishes.

Candles should never be left unattended and care should be taken to protect delicate surfaces from dripping wax.


$72 $40


STAINLESS-STEEL PENCIL


ISSUE: Reflect
YEAR: 2022
STUDIO: Object Projects
MATERIAL: Stainless steel
QUALITIES: Shiny, Heavy, Interactive

DESCRIPTION︎︎︎

Twisted, twirled, and sometimes even chewed, the pencil stands in as frequent accessory to contemplation. This non-functional stainless-steel version acknowledges our discipline's shift to digital tools, yet is also deeply satisfying to hold and surprisingly heavy.

The piece is physically reflective and also meant to encourage the practice of reflection.


$75 $50


SPACE TOTE

ISSUE: Reflect
YEAR: 2022
STUDIO: Alicia Moreira
MATERIAL: Mylar space blanket, sheep’s wool
QUALITIES: Puffy, Shiny, Distorting

DESCRIPTION︎︎︎

The space tote repurposes the ubiquitous space blanket, typically used by backcountry campers and marathon runners. The blanket’s packaging wrinkles are put to renewed use as well, defining the tote’s stitching grid. The walls of the bag are filled with sheep’s wool, and sewn with glow-in-the-dark thread to enhance the mylar’s reflectivity. The tote’s puffy walls handle the bag’s contents with care, and ask to be handled with care in return.


$225 $150