We are passionate about design and passionate about making. It’s a continuum, from sketchbook to life drawing to the RaD Room. It’s all under the aegis of architecture and practice. Making is a primal pleasure. If you provide the techniques, everybody gets giddy making something. It’s being stimulated by the stuff you create, the pleasure of making it, and the ability to share. Everybody can get fortified in different ways. Our Artist in Residence program is a testament to this CULTURE OF CREATIVITY.
 
We have completed design work on the Keck Institute for Space Studies at Caltech where the agenda is to create a sanctum for creative, revolutionary scientific dialogue and dreaming about the future of interplanetary travel.  Its mission is to bring world class scientists from decidedly diverse, even clashing, disciplines together. They understand the creative process and its centrality to great science. We do too.
 
For LA, the arts and sciences are profoundly inseparable. We are expert and preoccupied with notions of how we learn and how we train ourselves in meta-cognition, that is, how to access the left and right side of our brains as needed to be great learners and doers.

Influenced by minimal and sculptural forms of Donald Judd, RIYAN is children’s table that is as equally suited for a living room as it is for a child’s room. Its scale transcends typical single-purpose children’s furniture and also serves as a coffee table / bookshelf / storage, while it neatly conceals two ideally scaled children’s chairs. The chairs pull-out and the piece transforms into a desk for two toddlers. Once the chairs are outgrown, a box-like storage container takes their place to complete the original sculptural composition. The classical proportion of a three-square composition and a common width for all pieces yield panels of equal size for maximum effi ciency in production.

 

RIYAN is made of sustainably harvested, half-inch thick, pre-fi nished plywood available in a variety of colors. Once the plywood panel is cut, the only necessary finishing is the edge sealing - accomplished with natural linseed oil - thus eliminating off-gassing of harmful chemicals into the atmosphere. Material is naturally light-weight making it ideal for kid’s use. An eighth-inch roundover finishing at panel edges provides a contact surface that is durable and friendly to children. Designed for a time when children spend most of their time in the living room,

 

RIYAN’S sculptural qualities allow for its prominent placement in one’s home – no apologies required.