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Sandwiched / INABA

  • 01:00 - 3 March, 2010
Sandwiched / INABA
Sandwiched / INABA, © Naho Kubota
© Naho Kubota

© Naho Kubota © Naho Kubota © Naho Kubota © Naho Kubota +8

  • Architects

  • Location

  • Architects

    INABA, C‐Lab
  • Lighting

    Doug Russell, Lighting Workshop
  • Engineering

    Arup, New York
  • Lantern Fabrication

    Kreysler & Associates
  • Furniture Fabrication

    Atta Inc
  • Upholstery

    Greg Georgi
  • Area

    2200.0 ft2
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

From the architect. As part of 2010, the Whitney Biennial, Jeffrey Inaba’s firm, INABA, was commissioned to design a pop‐up café located in the museum’s interior courtyard. The project consists of three (3) large‐scale lanterns that occupy the courtyard’s double‐height space, a 24‐foot long service counter, communal tables, high‐top counters and ‘droopy’ seat cushions.

© Naho Kubota
© Naho Kubota

However bold in form or expressive in materials, it was striking to us that postwar architecture is vulnerable to appearing cold, incomplete and lacking in detail. Depending on the character of the interior design, even the strongest statements of modern architecture can today sometimes verge on feeling unadorned, like a dentist office waiting area. We wanted to add another scale of detail and information to the Breuer building’s interior. Only instead of using stark simple forms and exposed natural materials, we tried to enhance the space, to ‘re‐humanize’ it, with curved shapes and a palette of synthetic materials (fiberglass, resin, nylon, acrylic and vinyl).

© Naho Kubota
© Naho Kubota

In conjunction with Jeffrey Inaba’s Columbia University‐based group, C‐Lab, INABA developed graphic design elements for the café, including T‐shirts, signage and the menu. In addition, they created order cards, which together comprise an unofficial Whitney Museum of American Art Building Materials Collection. Each card shows the front and back surface of a material found in the Breuer building.

© Naho Kubota
© Naho Kubota

The café is operated by Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group, and features sandwiches created specifically for the pop‐up by USHG’s renowned chefs. The menu items are available at the Whitney only, for the duration of this installation.

© Naho Kubota
© Naho Kubota

The café, called ‘Sandwiched,’ will serve visitors until the opening of a permanent restaurant in September 2010.

© Naho Kubota
© Naho Kubota
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Priscilla Marchetto · October 07, 2010
bluevertical · March 04, 2010

RT @archdaily: Sandwiched / INABA #interiordesign *i&#39ll have to check this out next time in the city

johncantrell · March 04, 2010

Sandwiched / INABA

der Bob · March 04, 2010

Thankfully, the desecration is supposed to be temporary.
The Whitney is one of the strongest, under-appreciated
second-generation Modern masterpieces Manhattan has to

ygogolak · March 05, 2010 01:55 AM

I'm sure the permanent fixture that replaces it won't be any less pronounced.

Architecture+Molding · March 04, 2010

Sandwiched / INABA: © Naho Kubota
Architects: INABA, C?Lab
Location: New York, USA
Lantern Fabrication: Kreysler &...

Actualizacion FEEDS · March 04, 2010

ArchDaily: Sandwiched / INABA


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