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.
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.
Jumbo was commissioned by Chamber Gallery to develop new work in glass for Nomad Circle, in Venice, Italy. Having never worked in glass before, and bringing glass objects to the historic home of Murano glass craftsmanship, we approached the project humbly—developing a limited edition of vases that are intentionally non-technical, deflated, and kitsch.
Shown at Palazzo Soranzo Van Axel, September 5-8, 2019.
Photography by Pippa Drummond.
QUICK TINY SHOWS #3
Jumbo was invited by Chamber Gallery to participate in the third edition of Quick Tiny Shows along with Objects of Common Interest. Each studio presented two newly commissioned design pieces. The work produced by Jumbo, a rubberized foam chair and shelf, explore the concept of naivety, championing 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.
ALEXANDER WANG, NYC
In January of 2020, Jumbo was invited to develop seating elements for the Alexander Wang’s retail flagship in New York City. Using a gloss black rubber membrane, Jumbo paired its distinctive formal language with Alexander Wang’s signature color palette. Subsequent projects have included retail seating in Seoul and Shanghai.