Seeing Double: The Portmanteau Portmanteau

Architectural playthings

2018 — Built

Exhibit and Installation Design

The Portmanteau Portmanteau is a set of architectural playthings that pack multiple spatial identities into one brimming suitcase. Just as a linguistic portmanteau seamlessly combines two existing words, this series of architectural portmanteaux seamlessly blends nuggets of architectural identity (typologies, behaviors, aesthetics, and character) into single toy-like objects. In turn, each architectural portmanteau may be combined with other portmanteaux to form fantastic compound “sentences” within the dioramic interior of the suitcase. For example, study a stindow (stair + window), ponder a porridor (porch + corridor), or woolgather over a woof (wall + roof). For ages 3 and up.