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Raquel’s Dream House
79 Greene Street
New York, NY 10012
May 3 - June 3, 2018


Raquel’s Dream House is a month-long initiative proposed by Raquel Cayre that re-examines traditional methods of presenting, viewing and experiencing design as well as its corresponding modes of display. The selected contributors, designers and artists represent Raquel’s ambition not simply to challenge pre-existing models, or even contradict them, but to “abolish their rules by playing with them.”1

Raquel takes up the architecture of 79 Greene Street to pose a question:

What kind of room is possible? We imagine:

a room that commands
a room that tells a story
a room that defines
a room that quotes
a room that shapes a medium
a room that shapes a support
a room that shapes a subject
a room that shapes a space
a room as state of mind

To quote a line from Ettore Sottsass: “These objects, which sit next to each other and around people, influence not only physical conditions but also emotions. ...They can touch the nerves, the blood, the muscles, the eyes and moods of their observers. ...There is no special difference between architecture and design. They are two different stages of invention.”

An adventure of mixed tenses and reconciled opposites, Raquel’s Dream House coheres in the materia prima of design. Design conceived as an alchemical vocabulary for working and inhabiting. A room as a way of seeing.

we live in glass hOuses
our Vitric surroundings
Putting images
in sPace of what’s inside


everything’s as muLtiplied
As we are.2

1. Daniel Buren, Reboundings, trans. Philippe Hunt, Brussels, Daled & Gevaert, 1977, p. 73.
2. John Cage, Composed in America, ed. Marjorie Perloffand Charles Junkerman (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1994), pp. 16-17.

Artists & Designers

Ettore Sottsass, Shiro Kuramata, Archizoom Associati, Piero Gilardi, Daniel Buren, Studio 65, Gufram, Gino Marotta, Pietro Derossi, Cesare Casati and Emanuele Ponzio, Fernando and Humberto Campana, Faye Toogood, Misha Kahn, Gaetano Pesce, Max Lamb, Michel Majerus, Al Freeman, Pierre Paulin, Michele De Lucchi, George Sowden, Peter Shire, Marco Zanini, Cosima Von Bonin, Stefan Tcherepnin, Martine Bedin, Nathalie Du Pasquier, Maria Sanchez, Masanori Umeda, Alex Proba, Bower Studios, Vibes Studios, AYTM, Essential, Anna Karlin Studios, Ameico, Mosser Glass, Fredericks and Mae Chaparral Studios, Luxe Dominoes, Group Partner, Cold Picnic, Dusen Dusen, David Haskell, Cynthia Talmadge Light and Ladder Areaware, Workaday Handmade, Concrete Cat, Chen and Kai, BZippy, Serax, Seda France, Spadone Home