MORRIS ADJMI ARCHITECTS
MORRIS ADJMI, FOUNDER & PRINCIPAL
Morris Adjmi Architects' expertise lies in creating buildings that are modern yet inspired by context and history. In designing The Schumacher their intent was to bring the building back to life to create something new but that still integrated with the vernacular of the neighborhood. Historic research was undertaken to uncover the unique character of the building that has been hidden over time.
Celebrated gallerist Cristina Grajales was selected to curate art and furniture for The Schumacher's lobby and public spaces. With over twenty years of experience, Grajales has established herself as a tastemaker and trendsetter in both contemporary designs. She focuses on cultivating the work of emerging contemporary designers whose work blurs the line between art and design.
José Parlá is an internationally acclaimed contemporary artist who is known for his unique expressive style that incorporates elements of both language and writing. His work, which will be on display in the lobby, was inspired by the multi-layered histories of the building. A memory document, the painting evokes the history of The Schumacher, the passage of time expressed through the distressed surfaces, the layers of history interwoven with the layers of paint. The work exists in the present and pays homage to past.
A weaving atelier founded by Jorge Lizarazo, based in Bogotá, Colombia. Originally an architect, Jorge translate his expertise and experience in materials, construction and proportions into pioneering new textiles. The inventive use of materials quickly defines the textiles with the ingenious integration of indigenous organic fibers with man made materials such as metal and nylon monofilament.
With an architectural sense of proportion and structure, these materials give the textiles new properties, allowing the material to filter and reflect light. Jorge Lizarazo identifies these new textiles as soft architecture and their innate characteristics redefine the use of the product. Textiles are transformational; they have the power to change a space visually and tactility and the effects these textiles have on their environmental conditions impact the senses.