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Office Statement

If given the choice between staring blankly into space or reading architects’ office statements on their website, we choose the first. They all say the same thing: we’re sustainable, responsible with budgets, experienced, award-winning, etc. . . . The game seems to be how to say nothing in particular and comfort any worries of someone contemplating hiring you. After a few clicks, it’s hard not to think that all this quote-unquote professionalism is very cold at its core. We can’t tell you exactly when MOS started. We like to say it was 2003, but we didn’t have an office space then and our name was !@#?, which we quickly found was too difficult to use because 1. you couldn’t pronounce it and 2. you couldn’t get a web address. So, eventually, we drifted towards MOS—an acronym of our names and reflection of a shared desire to be horizontal and fuzzy, as opposed to tall and shiny. We began around an oversized table, a surface for collecting, gathering, and working through a range of design experiments—a make-believe of architectural fantasies, problems, and thoughts. As we’ve grown, we remain around a large table, working together on each project through playful experimentation and serious research. This website indexes that work: housing; schools; houses; cultural institutions; retail; exhibition design; installations; furniture; objects; books; writing; software experiments; and videos.

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Selected Awards
2014

Krabbesholm Højskole (Denmark) is awarded an AIA NY Excellence Award
    
MOS Architects receive an AIA New York Award of Merit for Element House

Flat File

We draw, talk, email, doodle, diagram, render, print, print, draw, model, receive, distribute, call, approve, confirm, reject, plead, deny, laugh, export, import, present, listen, order, zoom, script, post, pan, copy, paste, scale, collate, staple, eat, list, drink, walk, draw, chat, meet, photograph, crop, calculate, draw, adjust, tweak, sip, solve, stack, note, organize, scan, edit, review, print, question, comment, make, sketch . . . and occasionally, we collect things from this process and store them in a flat file.

MOS: Michael Meredith, Hilary Sample, Cyrus Dochow, John Yurchyk, Michael Abel, Mark Acciari, Paul Ruppert, Fancheng Fei, . . . 

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Programming by Brazen

Reproduction
No. 8
Gerrit Rietveld, Informal Plank Bench Variation No. 1
Size:
3'10"x2'8"x1'6"
Material:
Oak, Oil
Edition:
5
Price:
Sold Out

G. Reitveld’s first job was an assistant at a cabinet maker, specializing in Dutch half doors. It wasn’t a very well known cabinet maker. They didn’t have the luxury to be perfectionists. There were no pretensions to the work. They did their best with what they had at hand and there were many mistakes, errors and misunderstandings. These inaccuracies produced many remnants and leftovers. Every other week J. J. P. Oud would come by for lunch to discuss their zine, i10, which had a readership of about five. This was before the internet. Every so often one of Gerritt’s interns would throw together a bench with the leftover offcuts from the shop. GR and JJPO would sit together arguing over the problems of utility and Rational Design on something somewhat like this bench, an ad hoc aggregation of planks. This reproduction has been made by the Carter Workshop.