Patterned rugs, white plastic chairs, and prefab houses are all elements that evoke domesticity, but these design subjects have even more in common upon closer examination. They appear in hotel hallways in New York City, a bustling cantina in Mexico City, a post-war apartment complex in the outskirts of Prague in a trio of films that center on their common design lineage. Cast as protagonists, these architectural elements offer deep meditations on design and its consequences. Carpet Cowboys (2023), Notes on the White Plastic Chair (2019), and Prefab Story (1979) all follow their chosen design objects through our fragmented systems of mass production that span the globe.
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