Chairs and Buildings is a notebook of ideas and visual food for thought.
Annie Coggan (founder, east coast editor) is an educator, artist/ designer and entrepreneur. Coggan founded and conceived Rattle Bag Workshops; design thinking for non-designers, Little Building Café in Starkville, Mississippi and Coggan and Crawford Architects. She is honing Chairs and Buildings to be a virtual space for design thinking and a physical studio for furniture, product, interiors, events and publications. She is on the adjunct faculty at Parsons/New School, F.I.T. and SVA in New York City and served on the full time faculty at Mississippi State University from 2008-2011. Coggan’s furniture has been exhibited in New York City, Brooklyn and the southeast and she has published work in A Public Space, Furniture A+D and Journal of Architectural Education. In 2010, Coggan was an artist in residence at the Textile Arts Center in Brooklyn and continues to teach workshops and serve on the Board of Directors.
Tami Wedekind-(west coast editor) earned her master’s degree in architecture from the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) and has worked in the offices of Frank Gehry and Associates, and Rios Architects. Currently she is a principal designer with Twichell Studio Architects in Culver City. Her own business tamiwedekindworks is an art studio that is a vehicle for her unique abstract patterns. She creates works of art that impact their environment through scale, color and texture. They may function as wall hangings, window treatments, room dividers – or fashion. tamiwedekindworks ideally works with architects, designers and art consultants interested in involving her fiber art early in the design process. Her guest blog entries on Chairs & Buildings provide a platform for her musings on the intersection of weaving and architecture. There is a rich history of weaving and architecture starting with the Bauhaus Weaving Workshop. She looks for examples of artists working both on and off the loom that are giving three dimensional form and engaging space, with fibers.