Neotenic Design. An A/D/O Workspace Member Exhibition.

On view at A/D/O: Neotenic Design, an A/D/O Workspace Member Exhibition of neotenic furniture and objects curated by Workspace Member Justin Donnelly and Monling Lee of Jumbo NYC.

Contributing designers include Andreas Lund, Ara Thorose, Big-Game, Chris Wolston, FÄrg & Blanche, Faye Toogood, Front, Jean-Baptiste Fastrez, HAHA, Jack Rabbit Studio, Jaime Hayon, Jonas Wagell, JUMBO, Konstantin Grcic, Loic Bard, Müsing–Sellés, Pierre Yovanovitch, Sylvain Willenz, Talbot & Yoon.

On View March 5-28

Visiting hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 7:00pm Saturday, 9:00am - 7:00pm Sunday, 9:00am - 5:00pm *Check for special closures. 


The past 10 years has seen a proliferation of “cute” furniture and design objects with exaggerated proportions and anatomical associations like big faces, thick legs, and rounded feet. Despite their various formal and material differences, these designs share a set of common principles. More than simply cute, they are neotenic—possessing childlike features that elicit an emotional response.

On the whole, neotenic furniture and lighting design includes three primary features: thickened forms, soft or rounded terminations, and mono-materials. These formgiving strategies are nothing new but, when combined, they represent a new way of thinking about the objects with which we surround ourselves. If we see childlike characters in our chairs and sofas, perhaps it will result in greater sociality in the living room and the workplace.

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March 05, 2019
12:00 am — 11:59 pm

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