Exhibition of New Prototypes for Exhibit Furniture

Gallery Hours:
Wed - Sat, 10am - 5pm
Sun, Noon - 5pm
Mon - Tue, closed
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June 7, 2018 - June 29, 2018
Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
4848 S Main Street
Houston, TX 77002

Brought to you by the ArCH Exhibitions

Architecture Center Houston is excited to partner with Houston Center for Contemporary Craft to display 3 new prototypes for exhibit furniture.

Prototypes on display at HCCC:
June 7  -  30, 2018

Reception with the designers:
Thursday June 7
5:30 - 7:00pm

More about the competition:
These three designs were selected by a jury of design  professionals and representatives of the ArCH Exhibitions & Programming Committee. Architecture Center Houston hosted an open call for entries November  - January. The furniture will replace the exhibit furniture we lost in the flooding of Hurricane Harvey. The winning design(s) will be fabricated and used at the new Architecture Center Houston. 

Below is a list of primary considerations:
1. Aesthetics: The furniture should be of excellent design, but should not distract from or compete with the items which will be displayed on the furniture.
2. Function for versatility: Display requirements vary greatly between exhibits. Modular and/or interchangeable elements that allow for versatility in display size and height are encouraged.
3. Function for storage: There will be limited storage space at the new center. Designs that can store flat or otherwise create economy of space are required.
4. Durability: The furniture should be designed for frequent handling and long term use.
5. Fabrication and budget: The furniture should be able to be fabricated locally and for a reasonable cost.

A jury of design professionals and representatives of Architecture Center Houston chose the 3 finalists. Each finalist received a $500 honorarium and resources for creating a prototype of their design. The Architecture Center Houston Exhibitions and Programs Committee will choose the winning design(s) from the finalists. The winning designer(s) will retain intellectual ownership of their design(s), but will grant Architecture Center Houston the right to reproduce the furniture in perpetuity for use in ArCH exhibits and programs.

More about the designers:

David Costanza is the director and lead designer of DCS as well as the Technology Fellow at Rice University School of Architecture. Through practice and teaching, his focus is establishing a dialog between the computational tools used in design, digital tools used in manufacturing, and the emergence of advanced building materials. David Costanza is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he received both a Master of Architecture and a Master of Science in Architecture.

Paul Kweton, AIA is an Austrian architect and designer who has been living and working in Houston, Texas for the past 12 years. He is currently lead designer at DLR_Group in Houston, Texas with over 10 years of combined working experience as a designer and project architect. He also worked part-time as Digital Media Assistant at Rice University and is currently Adjunct Professor at the University of Houston teaching ARCH5500 Studio in the spring and ARCH6603 studio in the fall semester.
Since 2003, Paul has been running a ‘thinktank’ named Studio PAULBAUT with focus on small commercial architecture, interior installations, furniture design, and accessory designs. His work has been published in printed media and online worldwide. Selected works have been on show in Vienna, Austria and Houston, Texas. His professional architectural and industrial design accomplishments include local, state and international design awards.

Danny Rigg, AIA created RIGG Studio to explore the intersection of architecture, design, and technology.  As one of the 2017 AIA Houston Design Make Residents, Danny explored advanced fabrication methods and product design, which he further developed for the AIA Exhibit Furniture Competition. More information about his latest works can be found at www.riggstudio.com.

Funds for this competition are provided by Architecture Center Houston Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts and the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance.