Existing mailboxes are broadly generic and mediocre in design. They are produced as utilitarian objects without open exploration towards aesthetic or creative opportunity. Frustration with this product incited an interdisciplinary approach towards emphasizing the relationships between
typography, object and architecture. Research identified five noteworthy mid-Century modern architects (George Brigham, Robert Metcalf, David Osler, Alden B Dow, and Tivador Balogh) who each designed serveral homes in Michigan.
Final fabrication utilizes stainless steel, aluminum, copper, powder coating, acrylic, and reflective vinyl. Influenced by the exceptional spatial interactions between the homeowners and their cherished homes, each mailbox aspires to create an unexpected user experience on a smaller scale, which is worthy of the architectural quality. This project demonstrates creative opportunity across disciplines, towards options that question generic assumptions, and that reveal solutions complementary to the environment they become a part of.
Mailboxes were developed to relate to—but not imitate—the architecture they are paired with, and are informed by universal design principles. Special consideration was given to designing hinges, flags and mounting methods that would relate to the specific mailbox, while being durable through time and weather. The typography on each box was considered in tandem with the dimensional design. Collaboration between designer, homeowner, architectural organization, fabricators and vendors resulted in a series of unique mailboxes that challenge the traditional object.
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Art matters. Attention to the details of our environment leads to love of place, which brings us to take responsibility for the spaces where we live and work. And by extension, the people with whom we live and work. And by extension, to our local communities, our cities, our nations, and our world.
We champion the role of artists in our society. We need artists to provide us with inspiration, creativity, and imagination, and to help us envision a better world.
Architects and designers know that remarkable design can change everything. They connect the dots across disciplines, collaborating with artists to make the world a more beautiful place. They are the ultimate patrons of the arts.
In the process, design professionals promote imagination and creativity, and through their commissions, make original art integral to and accessible in people's lives.
Art in our public and private spaces helps us fight ordinary buildings, ordinary streets, ordinary cities. We celebrate the extraordinary.
The architecture of our buildings and the design of our interiors affect our happiness and well-being. Each of us deserves a daily dose of inspiration.