Migrant Interior

  • Client:

    Art historian and software developer couple with one baby and more on the way

  • Type: Residential
  • Year: 2011
  • Status: Completed
  • Location: San Jose, CA
  • Additional Credits:

    Photos by Rien Van Rijthoven

  • Size: 1600 square feet

For the Migrant Interior residential project in San Jose, our role straddled spheres of interior design, curation, installation, and organizational planning. Most of the clients’ dedication to the project, emotionally and financially, went towards what we normally think of as the least permanent, most migrant components. The clients knew that the space they inhabited would likely change before the things they put in that space would. We approached this project as a set of usable environmental guides to be deployed within this space and built upon within any other space they might inhabit in the future. Specific consistent color and material strategies that could shuffle as their family grew provided a long-term foundation for the quality of their home in any location. These opportunities are inherent to the impermanent character of the interior, being more fixed to the family’s evolving scale, location and eventual dispersion (children grow up and move out) than the architecture itself. Architecture, location, and even community (as an extension of personal identity) are seen here as a changing scaffold for a durable nomadic interior condition.