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 the itinerant collectible design fair, 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 with great humility—showing a series of vases that are intentionally non-technical, deflated, and reminiscent of, well, old food.
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.
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