Snarkitecture

Snarkitecture, a New York-based multidisciplinary design studio, is a collaborative and experimental practice investigating theboundaries between art and architecture. Established by architect Alex Mustonen and artist Daniel Arsham, their work focuses on the reinterpretation of everyday materials, structures and programmes to new and imaginative effect. With a conceptual approach centred on the importance of experience, the studio creates unexpected and memorable moments that invite people to explore and engage with their surroundings. This March, Phaidon will publish Snarkitecture the first monograph to explore the limitless possibilities of their pioneering portfolio.

Neither art nor architecture, Snarkitecture blur the edges between reality and fantasy, creating momentous works that are experiential, interactive, and open. Fast becoming one of the world’s most sought-after studios, Snarkitecture has designed installations, architecture, products, and furniture for a diverse range of clients from Calvin Klein to Design Miami, Kith to the New Museum, Kartell to Beats by Dr Dre, Collette to Wallpaper*, WeWork to Cos, among many more.

Featuring 400 striking visuals, Snarkitecture presents over seventy projects, including a cavern carved from ribbons for COS; an excavation from Styrofoam for the Storefront for Art & Architecture; a pavilion for Design Miami; 70,000 suspended balloons in New York’s Oculus transportation hub for World Water Day 2017; a false perspective playhouse for Exhibit Columbus, and a set design created in collaboration with acclaimed choreographer Jonah Bokaer. The book also highlights their interactive installation ‘The Beach’, which reimagines the familiar natural and cultural elements of a day at the seaside. A global blockbuster, ‘The Beach’ was initially commissioned by the National Building Museum in Washington DC and is now travelling the world to locations across the US to Sydney, Paris and Bangkok.

Expertly curated, this stunning, lavishly produced book takes the reader from works which are ‘Not Art’ all the way through to projects that are ‘Not Architecture’. Following the detailed ‘Technical Index’ which features architectural drawings of every project in the book, Snarkitecture concludes with a conversation among Mustonen, Arsham and Benjamin Porto, the studio partners, which provides insight into the genius behind the creative methods of their ever-expanding practice.

Enclosed in a beautiful, tactile package that resembles the studio’s innovative wallpaper ‘Typographies’ – for which pieces of paper were torn by hand, layered, and photographed to reveal a stepped topographical landscape – Snarkitecture sheds light on one of the most creative, daring and original design studios on the planet. Mostly monochrome, often humorous and always original, their projects will surprise, amaze and quite likely make you smile. Capturing a rich picture of their groundbreaking portfolio, Snarkitecture is a unique title that will appeal to architects, designers and fashionistas alike.