Jesse Reiser and Nanako Umemoto / Reiser + Umemoto Rur Architecture - Design London Wednesday, October 14, 2009 | Phillips

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  • Exhibited

    ‘Home Delivery: Fabricating the Modern Dwelling’, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 20 July-20 October 2008

  • Literature

    Barry Bergdoll and Peter Christiansen, Home Delivery: Fabricating the Modern Dwelling, exh. cat., The Museum of Modern Art, 2008, p. 186; Nicolai Ourousoff, "Instant Houses, Then and Now," New York Times, July 18, 2008; Advanced Interior Design, Seoul, 2009, pp. 862, 1022 and 1026

  • Catalogue Essay

    ‘Vector Wall’ was commissioned by Barry Bergdoll, Chief Curator of Architecture and Design at The Museum of Modern Art, on the occasion of 'Home Delivery', his exhibition on the prefabricated house. When Barry asked us to develop a contemporary prototype of mass customisation, we seized on the idea that the most significant aspects of production today, as compared to early modernism, are not technological advances (those must be assumed), but the reemergence of the sensual body in architecture: a joyful coda to an otherwise somber and moralizing history. Our project then was to take the contemporary logics of mass customization and the techniques of continuous variation and place them in the service of the body—the lived body—and not the 'machine à habiter' with its ruthless call to efficiency and its reduction of the body to a vehicle for purely productive ends. In that myth the body must ultimately disappear within a schema of pure efficiency and lose its shameful condition as flesh.
    Our prototype ‘Vector Wall’ is a celebration of intimacy, an exploration of sensuality and its affects. It is a boudoir object comprised of a complex, lace-like pattern laser-cut into a steel sheet then stretched and hand tuned to develop the wall’s unique form and personality. In mass production the concept allows a single pattern to develop almost limitless subtle variations of form and effects, depending upon how the forces of manufacture are applied to the sheet.
    —Jesse Reiser and Nanako Umemoto
    Works by Resiser + Umemoto are in the permanent collections of The Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Centre Pompidou, Paris; and the Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal.


Prototype ‘Vector Wall’

Hand-built laser-cut powder-coated sheet steel, flat head threaded fasteners.
243.8 x 243.8 x 61 cm. (96 x 96 x 24 in.)

£30,000 - 40,000 


15 Oct 2009