Exclusive Tour of Olson Kundig’s Sleek New York Studio | Architectural Summary
The main attraction of the office interior is its so-called living room, for which Olson Kundig’s namesake, Tom Kundig, designed a monumental cafe-height table that encourages gathering. Measuring a total 144 square foot table, the table is divided into 6 square foot, 800 pound quadrants that can be moved in and out of different configurations. The four quadrants were assembled from scrap wood by BC fabricator Spearhead, another of Olson Kundig’s regular collaborators. One of the quadrants also includes a turntable and a record collection curated by Seattle’s Sub Pop Records. “It would be like a love note from the Pacific Northwest to New York,” Kundig says of his initial vision for the centerpiece.
“The design was really the crescendo of a conversation that Alan and I had, about our memories of gathering around a table with our Astra teacher Zarina at his home in Campo dei Fiori in Rome,” Kundig explains. “She had a stack of fantastic candles in the center of the table, and we all had niggers and we were talking together. The design is another note of love, back to Astra and her table and the community that has gathered around her. That spirit of collegial conversation and sharing is what we seek to cultivate in this new office space, so the table was perfect.
To cultivate community and exchange, Olson Kundig will conduct his traditional Thursday design reviews and host regular presentations and other events in the New York office, in addition to his Ledge programming. Parwani is especially looking forward to using the space to build relationships with New York-based designers and artists, noting, “As we’ve been part of the design discussion for six decades, the New York office gives us the opportunity to engage a global community in new and exciting ways.