The Neotenic Lounge is a tubular chair that incorporates
simple shapes, short thick members, soft edges, and a clumsy appearance.
Constructed from cast-steel hydronic piping and finished in autobody paint, the
frame has an abstract quality that contrasts with the materiality of a dyed
cowhide seat. The resulting form appeals to our biological imperative to
nurture—to see ourselves in our surroundings and cherish the childlike.
Counterpoise is a dynamic lighting collection inspired by
jewelry design and fabricated in spun brass and copper. The collection consists
of four fixtures—a double-pendant, a single-pendant, a sconce, and a table
light. Each operable light moves in a
different way, using concealed pulleys, counterweights and pivots that invite interaction.
See it at the WorkOf Showroom, 55 Prospect St, Brooklyn, NY.
SIGHT UNSEEN PRESENTS
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.
NEOTENIC DESIGN EXHIBITION
January 2018, Jumbo developed a brief for a temporary design exhibition showcasing
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.