This project was designed and completed for Cornell’s Dean of architecture, Kent Kleinman, as a gift for important benefactors to the architecture program. With limited resources in the NYC studio, our design focused on using readily available materials like 2 x 4 wood studs, plexi, magnets and existing studio lamps. The magnetic liquid, ferrofluid, was the exception to this rule. Our concept from the beginning was to ‘record’ or document the dinner in some way. By attaching magnets to the back of all the dishes and cups, the objects used by the guests pulled the ferrofluid up onto the back of the plexi. By the end of the meal each guest had a unique ‘drawing’ before them.
in collaboration with Tansy Mak and Andrew Heuman, fabrication assistance: Chris Oliver, Frank Parish