SFMOMA Experimental Design Award

November 09, 2001 - February 05, 2002

The SFMOMA Experimental Design Award has announced its inaugural winners, and they represent the full breadth of experimentation taking place in the Bay Area. This year's recipients are Thom Faulders, Donald Fortescue, and Post Tool Design. All three winners build on a tradition of craft and exhibit a strong knowledge of the material native to their discipline — whether it is wood, typography and two-dimensional composition, or constituent elements of the built environment — and elaborate them into experiments that question the very notion of usability, comfort, and communication.", states Aaron Betsky, SFMOMA curator of architecture, design and digital projects and one of the prize jurors. "Each of these designers forces us to think more clearly about what it means to use a space, an object or information — they establish building blocks for almost mythical universes that parallel our own."

Faulders, rendering of man on sloped yellow tile floor

Thom Faulders, Mute Room, 2000; Hajime Masubuchi, rendering, courtesy the artist