Contract - January 2009 - (Page 74)

interiors awards showroom/exhibit By Amy Milshtein Photography by David Wakely Photography Hiroshi Sugimoto Exhibition de Young Museum location: San Francisco designer: Mark Cavagnero Associates project: client: A household name in his native Japan, Hiroshi Sugimoto is used to having his way. The photographer’s enigmatic works recently were displayed on Washington, D.C.’s Hiroshi Museum’s walls. Sugimoto was so pleased with the installation that he wanted a similar format for his San Francisco showing. That’s when the curator at the de Young Museum called on Mark Cavagnero Associates to create a simple solution to an elaborate problem. “We have a wonderful on-site exhibit designer, but he knew right away that with all of the physical restrictions of the de Young, this job would be too big for him,” remembers Karen Breuer, cura- tor in charge, Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts. Along with the usual demands of fire safety and crowd control, exhibits at the de Young have to meet strict seismic standards—without being bolted to the floor, wall, or ceiling. Add to the mix the fact that this is Sugimoto’s first “all dark” show, and wayfinding became another issue. Mark Cavagnero reached back to his architectural school days and pulled out an example from Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello. “There are constantly repeating curves there, and those curves have natural stability and strength,” he says. “I tried to create a form strong enough to meet the 74 contract january 2009

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Contract - January 2009

Contract - January 2009
Urban Elegance
Beyond Fad
Designers of the Year
Legend Award
The 30th Annual Interiors Awards
Large Office
Small Office
Public Space
Environmental Design
Designers Rate: Furniture Systems
Leader, Not a Follower
Deconstructing Costs
Ad Index

Contract - January 2009