The third edition of QTS features Jumbo and Objects of Common Interest, with two newly commissioned design objects from each studio.
The two pieces from Jumbo, a chair and a shelf, explore the concept of naivety that champion the unsophisticated, the irreducible and the uncool, the playful and cute, the stupid and the saccharine.
CHA co’s Project Space
on April 27 and 28, 2019.
Photography by Javier Agustin Rojas.
NEOTENIC DESIGN EXHIBITION
In March 2019, Jumbo curated and designed a temporary design exhibition that showcases recent work from a variety of international furniture and lighting designers. The proposed objects were selected for their
use of neoteny—the exaggeration of childlike features. These works are variously zoomorphic, cute,
and pudgy. Each is conceived as an
object of affection—a design crafted specifically to elicit an emotional
response in the viewer.
The Neotenic Collection incorporates simple shapes, short thick members, soft edges, and a clumsy appearance. The resulting form appeals to our biological imperative to nurture— to see ourselves in our surroundings and cherish the childlike. The collection consists of four pieces - Lounge, Floor Light, Table Light, and Sconce.
Jumbo was invited to design a site-specific installation for
Sight Unseen Presents Anthom in the spring of 2017. This limited-time activation transforms the
historic retail storefront at 25 Mercer Street into a changing landscape of
color and figure. Display towers clad in
corrugated sheet-metal mimic the storefront’s fluted iron columns, creating a
nuanced juxtaposition of the new and the old, the contemporary and the antique
In August of 2017, Jumbo was commissioned by Washington DC’s
Southwest Waterfront Business Improvement District to reimagine the Promenade
at L’Enfant Plaza SW. In partnership
with Hunt Laudi Studio, Jumbo designed a 1,600 foot-long park running
north-south along 10th Street SW from Independence Avenue to
Benjamin Banneker Park. The linear playscape activates the corridor by creating habitable pedestrian spaces that connect the the Spy Museum to the Smithsonian Museum Castle and The Wharf development.