LACMA acquires multimedia works by L.A.–based designers. Pictured: Jimenez Lai SCRIBBLE lamp (Steve Martinez/Los Angeles County Museum of Art)

"The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) recently announced a new crop of museum acquisitions that includes a variety of multimedia works by several Los Angeles–area architects and designers. Included in the set of new acquisitions, according to LACMA Unframed, is a neon lamp designed by  A.UD lecturer Jimenez Lai of Bureau Spectacular and a print, Building Portraits, designed by alumni Elena Manferdini (M.Arch.I '00). 

The so-called Scribble lamp is an outgrowth of the firm’s Tower of Twelve Stories installation at the 2016 Coachella music festival. The fixture is made up of a singular light tube that has been bent and folded to look like a bit of “neon gibberish” drawn by Lai. The circular light is designed so that it touches down at four points, relying on similar structural principles as those explored in the Coachella tower.

Other examples of Lai’s work are also featured in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City."— Antonio Pacheco, Feb. 15, 2018

Elena Manferdini’s Building Portraits project takes a multimedia approach to graphic building facades.
(Atelier Manferdini/Los Angeles County Museum of Art)

Architect Elena Manferdini’s recent project titled Building Portraits has also been acquired by LACMA. The multimedia project is an exploration of the digital weaving of architectural elements. The museum is collecting two groups of works associated with a multi-part project, including a set of two physical models, five drawings, a silk scarf, and a rug. For the project, Manferdini utilized digital weaving technologies to create graphic geometric prints that were then converted into the various textile forms and ultimately extrapolated into building facades. 

Explaining the project via email, Manferdini said, “The pieces acquired by the museum delineate my work’s progression from scripted drawings to textiles to building facades. It is a snapshot of my process of creation and the way in which certain ideas and techniques come to fruition in the field of design and architecture.”

The architect added, “Being part of this collection gives to the work the exposure through time to a larger audience and can have tremendous value for research.”

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