Chris Lasch will give an overview of the work of Aranda\Lasch and explain how the firm blends history and storytelling with design computation to craft projects built through a radical engagement with modularity. The talk will discuss the firm’s interest in fractals and quasicrystals, which often results in projects that grow from just one repeating shape. The lecture will trace the evolution of their work from installations, sculpture and furniture to their first set of buildings now in development. Past projects include: The Morning Line, a site-specific sound sculpture created in collaboration with artist Matthew Ritchie; 1774, a solid aluminum chair that recognizes two significant moments from that year — the death of Louis
XV and the discovery of manganese; and Rules of Six, a three-dimensional wall installation commissioned by MoMA that explores the notion of self-assembly. Just completed in Miami’s Design District is the Art Deco Building, a commercial building whose textured façade draws from motifs of the city’s iconic architecture. Also in development is the Palais des Arts in Libreville, Gabon, a canopied outdoor theater that uses a single repeated, extruded element to create a spiraling series of surfaces. Projects of every scale draw from the same theoretical underpinnings, including a particular interest in the ruin that exemplifies a “strange obsession right now with the way things get put together and the way they fall apart.”
Chris Lasch is a partner in Aranda\Lasch, a design studio dedicated to experimental research and innovative building. Established in 2003 by Benjamin Aranda and Chris Lasch, the studio designs buildings, installations, furniture and objects through a deep investigation of structure and materials. They have been winners of the United States Artists Award and Young Architects + Designers Award in 2007, the Architectural Record Design Vanguard Award in 2014, the Architectural League Emerging Voices Award in 2015, and were named one of Architectural Digest’s 2014 AD Innovators. Their early projects are the subject of the best-selling book, Tooling. Aranda\Lasch has exhibited their work internationally in galleries, museums, design fairs and architecture biennials. Current projects include the Tom Ford Flagship store in Miami, Florida, a banquet hall and outdoor theater in Libreville, Gabon, and an Art Park & Museum in Bali, Indonesia. Aranda\Lasch continually experiments with furniture and products and are represented by Gallery ALL. Their work is part of the permanent collection of the MoMA in New York.