Bujnowskyj notes that while our domestic routines evolve in uncertain ways, the majority of the buildings that surround us will remain the same. He wants to adapt architecture to tackle the challenges of elements emerging in our current society, such as cloudification, electromagnetic exposure, information overload, and the redefinition of privacy as a result of digital advances.
His proposal posits an interior architecture used to upgrade existing buildings. For Forecast, Bujnowskyj intends to design and build experimental furniture on a 1:1 scale, creating new domestic objects that interact with the infosphere by shielding electromagnetic waves or filtering information and thus allow conventional building typologies to be adapted to new uses. Bujnowskyj will first develop a series of speculative projects based on Berlin’s typical dwellings, then take a tight selection of designs to the production stage.
Bujnowskyj’s previous academic projects have allowed him to develop his ideas and explore themes related to Fullspectrum Furniture: In 2016 he designed 404, a pavilion that protects its users from digital surveillance and passive data privatization in public space.
“Our society is now facing the emergence of a certain post-digital condition, where our economy, culture, social conventions, and inevitably architecture, too, are deeply influenced by the diffuse, long-term consequences of digital technologies on a global scale. Bujnowskyj’s pieces center on the ‘infosphere’ and ‘Fullspectrum’ architecture. In his project for Forecast, he managed to translate these theoretical ideas into a few attractive and practical objects which sit nicely with the troubled understanding of the self in relation to technological reality today, and also tie into longer-standing traditions of living and human interaction.”
— Peter Richter, Süddeutsche Zeitung, October 29, 2017
Mathieu Bujnowskyj is an architect and editor. Learn more about his work at mathieubujnowskyj.com.