Giacomo Castagnola (b.1976) is originally from Lima, Perú, he has lived and worked in the border region of Tijuana/San Diego, where he established Germen Estudio of architecture and design. He explores materiality and interconnectivity through architectural interventions and mobile furniture design that starts from an understanding of furniture as manufactured matter related to the body. His designs behave as functional objects and as mechanisms that involve and generate movement, growth, and exchange.

Working in the interstitial space connecting the body and the building, Castagnola’s designs exists between the scale of a chair and the scale of the room. It exploits the expansiveness of this in-between dimension starting from a micro unit, as a unique entity, and expands and multiplies towards the macro scale of modular systems.

His evolving family of designs and furniture pieces begin with objects that react to interaction with the body of the user; followed by loitering street benches that intervene into left-over areas in public space; to body-containers made by the repeated accretion of a single unit of the same material; and finally to interconnected tables that develop into art exhibition display platforms. By accumulation and expansion, his designs aim to transforms space and to extend the body.

He has produced numerous architectural projects and designs, including Info Lounge and Lab Space for Human/ Nature: Artist Respond to a Changing Planet for the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego; Tunnel Project: Instan Herlev Institute- Denmark; Slow Trans Anyang: Bicycle Station and Mobile Devices for Anyang Public Art Project, Korea. Flexible platform for presentation of archival material for inSite: Wandering Position, University Museum of Contemporary Art (MUAC), Mexico City.




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