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Aranda\Lasch

Aranda\Lasch is a New York and Tucson-based design studio dedicated to experimental research and innovative building.

Established in 2003 by Benjamin Aranda and Chris Lasch, the studio designs buildings, installations and objects through a deep investigation of materials and structure. Winners of the United States Artists Award and Young Architects Award in 2007, their early architectural projects are the subject of the book, Pamphlet Architecture #27: Tooling. Aranda\Lasch has exhibited their work internationally in galleries and institutions dealing with design and architecture. In 2008 they were commissioned by the MoMA in New York to produce a large-scale installation in the museum. They collaborated with Matthew Ritchie on The Morning Line, a work commissioned by TBA-21 that has travelled to Venice, Seville, Istanbul, Vienna and Karlsruhe. In addition to commercial and residential projects in New York, they completed a 42,000 square foot temporary structure for Design Miami in 2008 & 2009. Aranda\Lasch were featured in the  2008 and 2010 Venice Architecture Biennials.

Currently, they are completing work on a number of large-scale retail and mixed-use developments in Niigata, Japan; Libreville, Gabon; and Miami, Florida. Aranda\Lasch continually develops experimental furniture products that explore new concepts in fabrication and assembly.

Though their work spans a variety of scales and functions—including outdoor monuments, indoor installations, video works, furniture, and a set for the band Yeasayer, their work is united by a common motif: a modular, crystalline form. “For us, design is about putting in place a process from which you can guarantee surprises,” Lasch once said, while Aranda notes, “Our understanding of modularity is something that’s not quite obvious or fixed, something that can be a tool for finding infinite variation.”

“Their work—from the 2003 Brooklyn Pigeon Project to their recent Pamphlet Architecture publication Tooling—is characterized by both rigor and whimsy. Like scientists, they are committed to an exhaustive investigation of structures and systems that will enable them to discover new variations in form and surface that they can transform into architecture.” – 2007 United States Artists Fellows description