MA History of Design & Curatorial Studies vs. Enzo Mari

In preparation for the upcoming exhibition at the Parsons Paris Gallery, the MA History of Design & Curatorial Studies students rolled up their sleeves and got down to business building furniture. Under the guidance of Head Technician Ivan Twohig, Gallery Manager Alison Carey, and Program Director Emmanuel Guy, the students used the plans developed by Italian designer Enzo Mari to construct four chairs and a table. Mari’s plans were first published in the now-infamous manual Autoprogettazione in 1974. In this manual, Mari offers nineteen different open-sourced designs for building tables, chairs, bookshelves and other home furnishings. Assembly requires nothing more than a hand saw, a hammer, nails and a little sweat! The furniture will be part of the exhibition “Some Things in Common” opening on October 16, which offers a sampling of open culture designs from the 1970s to contemporary times. The life of the furniture will extend beyond the exhibition run, as each piece will be incorporated into student spaces in the school following the closure of the show. Check out what happens when the Parsons Paris Gallery turns into a woodshop below! YouTube Preview Image


Join us for the opening Thursday, October 16th at 6:30pm! The gallery is located at 45 Rue Saint-Roch 75001. Open Monday to Friday, 12:00 noon to 6:00 p.m. 

Kristina Parsons is a graduate student in History of Design & Curatorial Studies at Parsons Paris. With a background in Art History, she is pursuing research in the intersection of the body, technology, and design in contemporary culture.