Emergence


Design | 2017
Working with UAP, Andrew Furmanski led the design, fabrication, and installation of Emergence: an arching, brass entry canopy for a landmark civic development in Qingdao, China.

Starting with the bones of the work: the painted Q235B steel structure is an accomplishment of engineering. Measuring just 0.6x1M at the base, the canopy expands to an 8x19M soffit, revealing dramatic arches and generous architectural space. Standing at over 14M tall, the canopy emerges from the ground plane and soars above pedestrians, Andrew honored the vision of the client by successfully reflecting the soaring vision of the development. In total, over 850 brass panels are held in place by a clever stud and bracket substructure. And at night, the canopy’s surface, perforated by internal lighting, creates the illusion of shimmering lights on the nearby surface of the surrounding coast.

Shortlisted for the 2018 Metal in Architecture Award from World Architecture News

Q235B Steel | Brass Panel | LED, Glass | Granite



Corinth’s Garden


Design | 2020
In Vitruvius’s De Architectura, a story is told of a recently deceased young maiden from Corinth. She was buried at the base of an Acanthus tree, a basket of her prized possessions set at the roots. In Spring, the tree’s wandering vines awoke, growing up through the fibers of the young maiden’s basket; leaves and stalks unfurled, extending to form delicate volutes. This natural curiosity caught the eye of a passing sculptor named Callimachus, who was so inspired by this chance encounter, that he started incorporating an inspired design onto column capitals - creating the Corinthian column.

Regardless of the veracity of Vitruvius’s story, the lasting popularity of the Corinthian column is undeniable. Its verdant glory has crowned the columns of the Roman Pantheon to the United States capitol, illustrating notions of strength of fortitude for millenia. But what of the maiden? Or the artist and their concept?

In ‘Corinth’s Garden’, the design team puts the magic back into Callimachus’ vision by removing the Corinthian column from the grips of Western civilization’s most storied institutions and instead position them graciously back within nature.

Twelve columns, arranged into an open-air Roman pavilion, are each topped with a billowy Maidenhair Fern. At the center, a circular seating area and planter adorned with Thistle and Sedum offers a moment of respite for visitors to ponder the peculiarities of nature and the magic of the garden.

Endura-Stone™ Column | Adiantum aleuticumEchinops ritro ‘Veitch’s Blue’ | Eryngium giganteum | Sedum telephium ‘Matrona’ | Paint


The Jimador’s Garden


Design | 2020
The Jimador’s Garden is a concept based on pure escapism. Realized at the end of a long winter in New York City, this garden transported us to a warmer place where the sun shines, tequila flows, and music sounds.

The garden, tucked between towering Palms and Yuccas, is envisioned for a warmer, arid climate. The focal centerpiece, a modern, poppy sculpture within the Spanish 'colonial-esque' water feature, playfully celebrates the Agave plant while adding a touch of formalism to the design, thus creating a bold contrast between the formal architecture, contemporary art, and expressive, sculptural plants of the region. 

White Quartz | Agave tequilana | Yucca brevifolia | Washingtonia filifera | Aluminum | Paint


Squiggly Bench


Design | 2020
'Squiggly bench' is a functional art object that welcomes adults and children alike to gather, sit, play, and perhaps most importantly, amuses and delights.

The undulating horizontally stacked forms and glossy paint finish are inherently stable - inviting play and interaction while maintaining a squiggly, scuff-free body.

Appropriate for outdoor institutional or civic implementation, the squiggly bench is sure to add a bit of humor and delight to anyone's day.

Please contact Studio Hai for pricing inquiries.

Aluminum | Paint


BFF Bench


Design | 2020
Best. Friends. Forever! This modular bench works remarkably well on it’s own. However, when coupled, it just feels right -
ya know.

The design, created and tweaked for maximum versatility, is easily used in open space or around an existing object. Thus, adding communal gathering spaces to any environment.

A functional art object, Studio Hai’s 'BFF bench', is fit for any project looking to add some ‘joie de vivre’ contemporary flair.

Please contact Studio Hai for pricing inquiries.

Aluminum | Paint | Planting


Oil Palm Pedestal


Art | 2020
Oil Palm Pedestal is the first concept in a developing series of works that examines the impact of the oil palm industry on the environment, the wealth it has created, the destruction it has caused, and the industry's overall cultural influence in our daily lives. 

Classical forms and a rigid visual hierarchy achieve a formal design methodology that is similar, if not identical, in approach to the classic civic plaza design and art installations of Western civilization.

However, instead of classical references towards humanity's conquest of nature, the work's focus reverses that: a palm atop a Corinthian column, celebrating our complicated relationship with this plant and all that it has given and all that we have taken.

Quartz | Nephrolepis exaltata | Aluminum | Paint


*Upon realization of this series of work, proceeds will go towards reforestation and education efforts surrounding the impact of the palm oil industry on our environment.



Cliffside Stack


Art | 2020
Cliffside is a sculptural planting series utilizing stone and modern shapes to create a bold contrast between natural and human-made.

In Cliffside Stack, granite and painted aluminum with a variety of textured finishes work together to create a stunning and complementary combination of textures and colors.

Adding life and upward expression, the Aloe and Agave shoot from their planter's form. The planting combines with the stone and metal forms to create a range of tactile and visual experiences.

White Granite | Painted Aluminum | Aloe | Agave

Oil Palm Pool


Art | 2020
Oil Palm Pool is the second concept in a developing series of works that examines the impact of the oil palm industry on the environment, the wealth it has created, the destruction it has caused, and its overall cultural influence on our daily lives.

Classical forms and materials combine with pops of color and shape to achieve a familiar yet haunting environment. Bright palms and ferns surround a pool of red liquid to create a surreal visual environment that jars the senses and upends our understanding of the classical luxurious pool and spa.

It’s this contrast between traditional and modern, nature, and commercialization that creates a memorable experience and an opportunity to question the value that ceaseless palm oil production has had in our world.

White Quartz | Ceramic Tile | Nephrolepis exaltata | Aluminum | Paint | Water





Hola, Aloe


Art | 2020
‘Hola, Aloe,’ was a concept submitted for a public art project in Mexico City.

Inspired by classical monuments to art, history, or religion, this sculpture exchanges those influences for the powerful symbolism of an ornate column adorned instead by planting - elevating nature, and our relationship with it, above all else.

Plants, such as a palm tree on a beach, have the powerful ability to transport us to a moment or a place immediately. With this in mind, Studio Hai proposed to use the story and traditions surrounding Aloe to transform the experience of the civic landscape:

Aloe vera
The unsung superhero of Mexico! Widely naturalized throughout the country, Aloe is used for a variety of purposes and holds unique cultural superpowers useful for the proposed new development: when adorned with red strings and placed at the entrance of a home or business, the Aloe vera plant has the renowned capability to absorb or deflect evil spirits, keeping all those who enter the development happy, prosperous and safe under the protective veil of the Aloe plant.

Therefore, as part of the overall composition of the artwork, Studio Hai proposed to create a planter specifically for an Aloe vera plant to be adorned, cared for, and celebrated by visitors and residents alike.

By utilizing materials, flora, and stories familiar to the region, Studio Hai’s proposal was inherently elegant and timeless in composition, while also appropriate in scale and material.

Just like nature.

Quartz | Granite | Aluminum | Paint | Various plant species



Plastic Beach


Art | 2020
Plastic Beach is the first in a series of works that address the catastrophic amount of plastic pollution in our environment.

The goal of these works is to use a plastic-like finish on a variety of flora and fauna to raise awareness of the impact and pervasiveness of plastic pollution in our lives.

Surreal compositions of palms, sand, and water finished in a dull plastic sheen create a highly manufactured vignette that references both the commercialization of our shorelines and the potential future of what our environment could look like once they saturate in plastic.

Aluminum | Paint


Cliffside 2


Objects | 2020
Cliffside is a sculptural planting series utilizing stone and modern shapes to create a bold contrast between natural and human-made.

Here, granite, quartz, and painted aluminum work together to create a stunning and complementary palette of texture and colors.

Adding life and a soft touch, the Schefflera delicately hovers above the stone. The planting with the granite provides a range of tactile experiences to those who sit atop the aluminum sphere.

White Granite | White Quartz | Painted Aluminum | Schefflera



Creekside 1


Objects | 2020


Creekside - the baby brother of ‘Cliffside’ - is an exploration of natural and human-made forms utilizing stone, plaster, and planting.

Together these components create a vivid contrast of texture, a pleasing palette of colors, and a bold juxtaposition of hand-crafted, modern materials and natural elements.

Sandstone | Plaster of Paris | Paint | Opuntia argentinia


Cliffside 3


Objects | 2020
Cliffside is a sculptural planting series utilizing stone and modern shapes to create a bold contrast between natural and human-made.

Here, sandstone and painted aluminum come together, creating a playful, complementary palette of texture and colors.

An Opuntia cactus stands tall to add verticality and a perceived natural composition from certain angles. This planting, combined with the sandstone, provides two contrasting tactile, visual experiences to the glossy aluminum arch.

Sandstone | Painted Aluminum | Opuntia



Creekside 3


Objects | 2020


Creekside - the baby brother of ‘Cliffside’ - is an exploration of natural and human-made forms utilizing stone, plaster, and planting.

Together these components create a vivid contrast of texture, a pleasing palette of colors, and a bold juxtaposition of hand-crafted, modern materials and natural elements.

Sandstone | Plaster of Paris | Paint | Thymus citriodorus



Creekside 2


Objects | 2020


Creekside - the baby brother of ‘Cliffside’ - is an exploration of natural and human-made forms utilizing stone, plaster, and planting.

Together these components create a vivid contrast of texture, a pleasing palette of colors, and a bold juxtaposition of hand-crafted, modern materials and natural elements.

Granite | Plaster of Paris | Paint

About
Studio Hai is an art and design practice dedicated to enhancing the celebrity of nature within our daily lives. Via objects, experiences, and environments, they conjure visions of what people intrinsically yearn for: a more connected, inspired, and eco-centric world.

Their body of work successfully blends nature and the built environment to create a new wave of imaginative, immersive, and inclusive experiences; revealing to the world that nature is as much a part of our cultural heritage as language, art, and history.

Founded in 2020 by Andrew Furmanski, the studio currently practices between New York and Shanghai. Their work has been featured, amongst others, in Dezeen, Label Magazine, and Designboom. In 2018, Andrew Furmanski’s architectural canopy in Qingdao, China, titled ‘Emergence’, was short-listed for the Best Use of Metal Award by World Architecture News.

Andrew Furmanski’s work as a Lead Designer for artist led projects has been installed all over China. His most notable collaborations include Lawrence Argent’s ‘Beyond Reflection’ in Shenzhen, Charles Petillon’s ‘Cloud’ in Beijing and Florentijn Hofman’s ‘Selfie Panda’ in Chengdu. He brings a wealth of public art and design experience to all Studio Hai projects.


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