Dowland is a multidisciplinary design studio based in New York City.

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15" × 13" × ~0.5" (this piece)

11 ⅝" × 11 ⅝" × 2" each

57" l × 2 ⅛" ext. D (1 ⅞ int. D)

 

 

 

 

 

Plain clothes

Personalized “habit” or uniform, expressing values of self-sufficiency (designed and produced independently), self-education, economy, simplicity, flexibility/scalability, modularity, craftsmanship, and collapse of production (muslin as both sampling and production material).

The collection of self-produced clothing includes a craftsman’s apron, casual shorts, an
apron-pocket t-shirt, a tank top, and a vest. (Because muslin is not a stretch fabric, zippers are sewn into the left side seams of the tank top and vest to make them easier to put on and take off.) A tailor, working from provided sketches, constructed the suit jacket and trouser shorts.

Quilted neckties

Handmade in NYC
Italian wool flannel and silk faille
$125.00 each
For sale at Project No. 8  Sold out
 

Minga

Wearable home for land–water–land travel, in emulation of a traditional Chilean process of house-moving that relies on the coordination and mobilization of a larger community “coming together for good” (minga, translated roughly). Shown here and above is documentation of the minga transported between two cities: New Haven, CT, and Edinburgh, UK.
 

64 books (Visual study)

 
 
 

Life jacket prototype

A versatile article of clothing collapses various functional requirements into a single state. A vest might provide warmth in cool weather and yet also act as a life jacket in emergency situations.
 
 

Scaffolding as instrument


Exploring design and sound in counterpoint
Ongoing exploration of sound through the lens of design practice, beginning with the construction of a collapsed environment that serves simultaneously as a residency site, workplace, and musical instrument. The intersection of design and sound is investigated through physical manipulation of the scaffolding-as-instrument, as well as its use in the production of various sonic, musical, and video compositions.
 

Design in residence

See also: sound.dowland.us
 
 

Diagram + rhythm

 
 
 

Diagramming a black hole


Audio: Sonic study in energy collection and synthesis
 

Architecture for a hermit

Ready-made small-scale fabric architecture exploring functions of social concealment and revelation. Fabric panels expressing different techno-material qualities are modular and interconnectable. Each panel, digitally printed on cotton, measures 100" x 100".
 

Study in meaning/perspective

Three-dimensional exploration of the idea of an “edge dweller” as a social witness. Interpretation of meaning—represented in this visual study by the exploded letterform/symbol ‘E’—is possible only from a narrow range of perspectives and from a removed vantage point.
 
 

Periscope house

 
 

TYLR: Building system prototypes

Both TYLR block shapes exhibit a structural openness that lures the builder into an active and creative pursuit of more “closed” or “complete” states through addition, subtraction, and manipulation. The blocks teach basic principles of construction, mathematics, balance, and volume. Their simplicity allows them to adapt limitlessly to the builder’s imagination. Possible production materials include wood, plastic, rubber, cork, glass, resin, and ceramic. Mixing blocks of different materials teaches principles of texture, pattern, harmony, and friction.

TYLR blocks pack neatly in layers of 14 blocks (7 of each shape).

 
 

Dowland Gothic Thin

OpenType font, for Mac and PC
Sans-serif display face (single weight/style)
230 characters

 
 

Draw!

 
 

Dialogue

Public experiential design project spanning five days
(November 26-30, 2007) and documented online.