Creator of the Day: New Affiliates – SURFACE

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Here we ask designers to take a selfie and give us a glimpse into their lives.

Age: 38 (JK). 37 (ID).

Occupation: Designer and teacher (JK). Architect and teacher (ID).

instagram: @new_affiliates

Hometown: Albany, New York (JK). Athens, Greece (ID).

Studio location: Financial District, New York.

Describe what you make: Buildings, renovations, facilities, mess.

The most important thing you’ve designed so far: Our Test benches project in collaboration with architectural historian Sam Stewart-Halevy. This is a self-initiated project to reuse architectural models as cornerstones of public structures in community gardens. We’re building our first iteration this spring!

Describe the problem your work solves: We like to understand how architecture operates in cultures of material excess and how architects can find value in forgotten, underused and sometimes abject things.

Describe the project you are currently working on: We work on many projects (a house, an art studio, a café and an installation, among others) that deal with conflicts of materials, from media to physical design artifacts, existing structures and industrial by-products .

A new or upcoming project we should know about: Immediately, we have three exhibitions that we have worked on in various capacities, all of which open in February. “Tomas Saraceno: Specific question(s)» at the Shed; “Jonas Mekas: The Camera Was Always Running” at the Jewish Museum; “Rashaad Newsome: Assembly” at the Park Avenue Armory.

We are also working on a cheap and fast getaway home in Vermont that starts with a steel butler frame under which smaller structures are built to create a home with many durations and uses, which will be completed in September 2022 .

What you absolutely must have in your studio: Our office tree, which we got when we created our office and has grown about six feet since then!

What you do when you’re not working: Everything with an attempt at nothing (JK). Reading, not architecture (ID).

Sources of creative desire: Geological time.

The distraction you want to eliminate: Distractions are good (JK). Zoom Meetings (ID).

Concrete or marble? Granite!

High-rise building or townhouse? Building in town, family property in the countryside (JK). Townhouse (ID).

Remember or forget? Forget (JK). Don’t forget (ID).

Aliens or ghosts? Ghosts, zombies and anything that has an afterlife.

Dark or light? Contrast (JK). A mixture (ID).

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