Beginning as an open dialogue between New York-based designers François Chambard and Frederick McSwain, Off the Grid is fueled by a sense of ingenuity, unconventional solutions, and design by accident.
Whether residing in the woods or on a city block, people have the innate ability to transform their environments using the resources directly available, natural or man- made. In our modern techno-world, while we thrive to stay connected and live at a constantly accelerating pace, the nostalgic idea of a simpler life may sometimes feel like an impossible dream. But what seems to be unattainable or contradictory can actually become a great source of inspiration and innovation, for design and life alike.
Chambard and McSwain with the welcome addition of designer Elodie Blanchard, have each designed unique work based on their individual influences, all rooted somewhere in the spec- trum of society, nature and technology. From digital culture to ancestral rituals, the resulting pieces are vibrant, tightly executed, and sometimes humorous. The term “grid” is referenced both as a metaphor for our contemporary world and as an underlying structure for design. Playful tweaks and unexpected parallels provide a unifying thread to navigate the exhibition.