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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

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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Model Furniture
No. 4

Reproductions of Reproductions of Reproductions (or, Model Furniture).

An obsession with the stuff that occupies the background of architectural representation, the things we fill spaces with, led us to look at furniture made for architectural models. Think: close-ups of generic, nearly notational chairs; fields of wobbly stools with legs so slightly out of alignment; the most mundane shelving systems imaginable; abstracted blocks turned modular benches or cabinets or who-knows-whats; non-descript tables and displays; reproductions of reproductions of reproductions of mid-century modern chairs; indescribable things distorted by humidity; clumsy, ergonomic 2-D extrusions; tables with an impossible materiality; seats proportioned a little too high or low; an economy of pieces cut and pasted together; replicas of some other design; etc. . . . These miniature objects, made by armies of interns and careful craftspersons alike, populate models by architecture offices large and small. They’re a sort of low-resolution representational default, a reduction to the bare qualities of an object—handmade ready-mades. Works in the “Model Furniture” series are translations of these translations: from a table to a model to a table again, something that oscillates between /reality/reference/reality/. They are both something and not.  

While working on this series we have collected a myriad photographs of model furniture into a single catalog, An Unfinished Catalog of Model Furniture Without Architecture, we have used various bad images as a starting point for translations of our own design in a new furniture series, titled “Model Furniture.”

Project Team: Michael Meredith, Hilary Sample, Andrew Frame, Michael Abel