University of Nebraska-Lincoln Architecture Program Director Jeffrey L. Day’s firm Min | Day and subsidiary MOD are featured in the Sheldon Museum of Art’s “Shape Up! Visualizing the Geometric World” exhibition on special event days in June and July. Featured work includes their Pneumad and Soft Stones creations.
These architectural designs are truly unique and innovative, allowing the user ultimate flexibility and mobility.
“The design combines PNEUmatic (air-flatable) architecture with a noMAD ethos, Pneumad enacts a form of antiheroic desire to escape permanence, solidity and place-bound dwelling,” commented Day.
Day explains, the design is reminiscent of the revolutionary experimental fervor of 1968, but with twenty-first century technical sophistication. Pneumad is the stylish prototype for nomads who want to spread out. The inflatable structure offers one distinct advantage, it is not limited by the dimensions and volume of the vehicle itself. Complementing the mobile structure, Pneumad has no interior plan, no fixed infrastructure, everything moves.
The accompanying MOD Soft Stones on display allow the nomad to resist fixity inside as well as out. Their complex geometry creates interactive and playful seating. The Soft Stones is a seating set with eight unique components. When composed, the pieces nest to form a rectangular block for lounging. When separated, the individual pieces become moveable seats, stools or tables to be arranged as desired. Soft Stones can be appreciated for the sculptural individuality of each component or the changing overall form.
The featured work is a product of Min | Day, an architecture and design firm that explores the interplay between a creative and practical understanding of function and a nuanced approach to culture and form, shaping places that can be appreciated both for their architectural discipline and the joy they afford.
Min | Day later founded MOD, a high-end, furniture company known for creating pieces that inspire improvisation at work and home, making living more fun and work more creative.
The widely published work of the office has garnered numerous AIA and ACSA design awards and other honors including the 2007 AIA California Council Emerging Talent award, the 2009 New Practices San Francisco award, California Home & Design’s Ten to Watch in 2009, Residential Architect’s 2010 Rising Star Award and Architectural Record Magazine’s 2009 Design Vanguard highlighting innovative practices across the globe, the inaugural 2013 ACSA Design-Build Award and the 2016 Emerging Voices award from the Architectural League of New York.
The Min | Day and MOD creations can be seen on the following deployment days:
Friday, June 3, 4–7pm
Tuesday, June 7, 5–9pm
Tuesday, June 14, 5–9pm
Tuesday, June 21, 5–9pm
Tuesday, June 28, 5–9pm
Friday, July 1, 4–7pm
Sunday, July 17 12–5pm
Sheldon Museum of Art houses a permanent collection of more than 12,000 objects in a landmark Philip Johnson building at 12th and R streets on the UNL City Campus. Admission is free. For more information, visit http://www.sheldonartmuseum.org. Also explore more of Min | Day and MOD's creations by visiting: www.minday.com and www.mdmod.com.