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Benjamin Ball

Ball-Nogues

Co-principal of Ball-Nogues, a multidisciplinary design studio in Los Angeles, California

FROM Benjamin Ball

Design and Architecture

Blurring Boundaries Between Art and Architecture On January 31 Frances will be hosting a conversation called " Temporary Insanity! " at LACMA with Jenna Didier, co-founder of design laboratory Materials and Applications . The conversation will focus on designers who are producing a new kind of installation work that’s blurring the boundaries between art, architecture and installation. Recently at Materials and Applications and also at the architecture school SCI-Arc, young architects have created temporary structures, that bring to life shapes and forms imagined on the computer. They are often made by hand in fabric or new plastics and metals and function as purely sensual experiences, filtering the light or shape in an interesting way. One of the prominent designers in this realm is Benjamin Ball, who with Gaston Nogues, heads the firm Ball-Nogues . He speaks with Frances about why this type of work has become popular for young designers. Outside the Santa Monica Place mall, Ball-Nogues' Cradle  suspends hundreds of mirror-polished stainless steel orbs over pedestrians. Photo by Monica Nouwens Currently on show at Materials & Applications is Bloom , a work by Doris Sung, Ingalill Wahlroos-Ritter and Matthew Melnyk: a 20 foot tall shiny metal 'flower' whose skin of petals reacts to the heat of the sun. Photo by Scott Mayoral In the parking lot of SCI-Arc, in downtown LA, Oyler Wu's Netscape  uses 45,000 feet of linear rope to knit a canopy which was used for graduation ceremonies at the school. Photo courtesy Oyler Wu Top image: Ball-Nogues' Yucca Crater is a temporary swimming pool built in the desert outside Joshua Tree, California. Photo by Scott Mayoral

4 MIN, 25 SEC Jan 17, 2012

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