Micro Studio by Knauf and Brown

Published on September 17, 2013


This June, The Burrard Hotel in Vancouver, Canada opened its doors to a huge party organized by Color Magazine. The party took over the entire hotel. There were bands, a skateboard ramp, and 24 hotel rooms occupied by artists and performers. When the studio Knauf and Brown was invited to participate, their idea was to set up a micro studio in the hotel room, design and create objects, and make them available for silent auction. They moved much of our equipment into the hotel, along with off cuts of marble, leather, sheet metal, rubber, and unused components from past prototypes. They also set up a small photo studio.


Instead of the usual many iterations, with every piece, the prototype was the finished product. They worked intuitively, and used common sense instead of user trials. Precision wasn’t expected. Rather, the finished quality would come from the raw materials themselves–polished surfaces, machine woven repetition, etc. Their intention was to create finished fine objects that were real, usable and attractive, but still subtly reflected their origin–conceived in a hotel room during a wild party.

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With only simple cutting tools, adhesives and off cuts whose forms were not easily manipulated, and very little time, they produced objects that they would have never created had they not manufactured this environment in which to create.”


Jewelry Stand: marble, leather, nylon rope.


Table Lamp: marble, painted steel, LED luminaire & Vessels: marble, heat shrink.


Floor Lamp: marble, painted steel, beach stone, oak, heat shrink, nylon rope.


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