The Sonoma Valley Museum of Art has dedicated its entire 5,000-square-foot exhibition space to the multi-sensory “Site and Senses: The Architecture of Aidlin Darling Design.”
The solo exhibition, the firm’s first, features material palettes, models, sketches, renderings, full-scale mock-ups and photographs and videos. The focal point of the exhibition is C-Chassis, a site-specific 55-foot-long installation piece. It is through the acts of looking, listening, smelling, touching, testing, and imagining, that museum visitors can gain an understanding of the important role the senses play in the work of this award-winning design firm.
“In our fast-paced world, said David Darling, “we can have a tendency to ignore our environment – that’s why we often pitch a tent and spend days observing both tangible and intangible qualities of the site before we start to design. It is our hope that this exhibit prompts the public to realize how good, thoughtful design can not only awaken the senses, but re-connect us to place and to ourselves.”
Aidlin Darling Design, a San Francisco-based award-winning firm and recent recipient of the prestigious Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum’s 2013 National Design Award, is recognized for their emphasis on designing to appeal to all of the senses.
“Aidlin Darling’s project-specific design approach reflects its philosophy of rigorous pre-design research, intensive collaboration and reverence for the site. This exhibition gives a rare insight into a very exciting group of talented designers,” said Kate Eilersten, the museum’s executive director and chief curator.