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  • White Elephant (Privately Soft)

    White Elephant (Privately Soft)
    chicago ILLINOIS

    suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.

    jimenez LAI: The White Elephant is roughly 10’x10’x10’. It has three basic premises:
    A building inside a building, somewhere between a super-furniture and a small house.
    An object that tumbles to attain multiple orientations to blur the qualification plans and sections.
    An object that is hard on the outside, soft on the inside.

    What is a building that can tumble freely without gravity or fixed orientations, hard on the outside but soft on the inside, and obstructs the continuity of interior spaces like an elephant in a room? This installation is a freestanding micro building / macro furniture that questions projection, inside/outside, rigidity/fluidity and size/scale.

    sP: What or who influenced this project?
    jL: Russian Dolls, Cadbury Creme Egg, deer, jack (toy), Bob Somol, Jesse Reiser, Andy Zago, John Hejduk, The Yokohama Project (Book), Casa da Musica,

    sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
    jL: Die Antwoord, Beach House, South Park, Fishing with John, Taxidermia, Batman Begins.

    sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
    jL: Speedism, !ndie Architecture, Point Supreme, Ania Jaworska, CAMES/gibson, Archive of Affinities

    Additional credits:
    Design Leader: Jimenez Lai
    Project Manager: Thomas Kelley
    Fabrication: PR&vD, Andrew Akins
    Team: Jimenez Lai, Thomas Kelley, Cyrus Penarroyo, Andrew Akins
    Construction Assisted by: Mike Mead, John Stoughton, Anton Bakerjian
    Photography: Magnus Lindqvist, Kyle D. Eberle, and Kamil Krol

    Special thanks to Drura Parris, Rives Rash and Land of Tomorrow for making this dream come true.

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