Cable Ties

The history of the cable tie from the early 1950s to present day, tracing the sociopolitical contexts shaping its evolution from applications in the aeronautic industry to data centers and police stations. Commissioned for U-JOINTS – A Taxonomy of Connections, edited by Andrea Caputo and Anniina Koivu.


Field–Work

In a workshop led with material culture anthropologist Kiah Rutz, students from the Department of Social Anthropology and Cultural Studies at the Universität Zürich were asked to analyze Swiss agricultural tools from the collection of the Völkerkundemuseum. Physical examination of the objects and historical research in the museum archives took place over two sessions. The students then used their findings to produce experimental texts to accompany the objects for a hypothetical exhibition. The question posed to them: how can language compensate for the loss of physical touch in objects made for use? Outcomes from the workshop were subsequently compiled into a short zine—a record of young researchers trying to grapple with the loss of physicality imposed by the museum vitrine.


Notes on Construction

A brief overview of the history of flatpack furniture hardware, from 'easy assembly' to the very real education that comes with building something for yourself. Commissioned for U-JOINTS – A Taxonomy of Connections, edited by Andrea Caputo and Anniina Koivu.


Capsule, Issue 2

Contributions to the second issue of Capsule include analyses of Tadao Ando's Urban Guerrilla Dwellings (1973) and Atelier in Oyodo II (1991); Massimo and Lella Vignelli's short-lived clothing system, Design: Vignelli (1991); and Gae Aulenti's work on the Musée d’Orsay (1986).


The Plastic Diaries

An examination of common plastic welding techniques, pursuing their variations throughout the food packaging industry in Spain. A personal account of research in practice; faults, stumbles, and the absurdity of searching for something that’s omnipresent. Commissioned for U-JOINTS – A Taxonomy of Connections, edited by Andrea Caputo and Anniina Koivu.


Capsule, Issue 1

Four texts for the inaugural issue of Capsule, Kaleidoscope's sibling publication, edited by Nicholas Korody. The texts correspond to a "feed" of images interspersed throughout the magazine and cover a wide range of topics: Marc Atlan's contributions to the launch of Comme des Garçons' Eau de Parfum (1994); Toyo Ito's Pao 1 (1985); Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster's RWF installation at Esther Schipper (1993); and the architectural impact of the tennis match between Roger Federer and Andre Agassi atop the Burj Al Arab luxury hotel (2005).


Proposal for a Contemporary
Presentation of the Decorative Arts

As the introduction to Exposición de Bienes, this essay examines the role of decorative arts objects inside and outside of a museum context.

The central argument is simple: a decorative arts museum and an antiques market are reflections of a shared ambition approached from opposite ends. When brought together, the pairing can prove to be a beneficial marriage that embraces the fully actualized nature of the objects in a museum’s collection.


Practical Adaptation

A research workshop exploring the adaptive evolutions of everyday things, hosted by Gandía Blasco as a part of the Mayrit Bienal in 2022.

The workshop focused on five themes: regional vernaculars, solutions found in industry, interfaces with nature, city life, and the relationships between architecture and people.


Quiet Sounds

Observations on the sounds of infrastructure, unconcealed by the quiet of cities deserted as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Contribution to A Guide to Getting by at Home, a publication intended to alleviate the isolation of quarantine life, with all proceeds directly benefiting National Bail Out and Protect the Sacred.


Reza’s House

Part of ongoing research into ordinary domestic typologies, this essay—commissioned by Maharam Stories—reflects on the interpersonal nature of the courtyard house.


View from Serra d’Irta

An exploration of how we reconcile domestic impulses with the complexities of grief, this piece recounts the local oral histories surrounding a house on the outskirts of Alcossebre, Spain. Commissioned by Maharam Stories.


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