Museum of Contemporary Art

Chicago, IL   |   2004

The Museum of Contemporary Art asked us to review their entry lobby and design a multi-functional desk to support visitors and staff. They needed a highly programmed reception area that would be used for membership, admissions, and outreach. 


We approached the project such that there was no distinction between surface and storage. All areas of the desk could be utilized for the expanding and contracting program of reception based on needs at any given time. It was a desk that could engage with visitor and staff equally. 


Although visually complicated and dynamic at first glance, our solution was based on emerging CNC technology which allows millworkers and architects to share files and create more complex forms through simple materials. Standard sheets of materials could be cut from machines and assembles as if a kit-of-parts into an interesting and highly engaging form.

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