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Inner-liner

Inner-liner

Is it space that holds our collections of objects, or is it our collection of objects that create a space for life?

Brooklyn, NY
2011-12

Is it space that holds our collections of objects, or is it our collection of objects that create a space for life? We are a part of our own collection. One of the best index of this situation is the escalating war between possessions and storage in New York apartments, particularly in the pre-pre-war buildings. The space of this 1920 apartment for a former rock star (now writer) and poet, once sufficient for a family of four is today inadequate for a couple of two. Since an apartment cannot grow out, we sought strategies to make it grow in.

As such this project develops an inner-liner in which storage is no longer conceived as a reductive space within the apartment, but is instead the means by which spaces are defined. The liner unifies a range of passive modes (book storage, clothes closet, entertainment center) and active modes (dining table, desks, and movable walls) through the responsive and rhythmic interplay of its constitutive elements.

Design: LeClair Lucas