Playing with juvenile features and Instagram-ready images, Jumbo, the New York based design studio founded by Justin Donnelly and Monling Lee, is not your average design studio. As part of our interview series, we invited Justin Donnelly and Juan Garcia Mosqueda of Chamber Projects and Quick Tiny Shows. The conversation ranges from the consumption of images, the chair, and the cool as well as curating design, warmth, the interiors moment, and Neoteny.
Justin Donnelly, Jumbo. Ph. Mariam Samur
Juan Garcia Mosqueda, Chamber Projects & Quick Tiny Shows. Ph. Mariam Samur
ne·ot·e·ny – noun, zoology
the retention of juvenile features in the adult animal.
As discussed in this episode, Donnelly curated an exhibition “Neotenic Design” at ADO, the incubator space of Mini, in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. The exhibition took place from March 5, 2019 to March 25, 2019. Aside from the Neotenic designs of Jumbo, the exhibition explored the concept through 21 different designers’ works.
You can watch the TED talk from Paola Antonelli mentioned in the podcast here.