UEO is a fabrication, design, and research studio. We are a group of inventors, designers, artists, and architects. We build Apps, machines, installations, and architecture. We are located in New York City, USA, and Zhu Hai, China.
We were trained as architects to think in the form of buildings and social engagement users. Our thinking often results in the forms of machines and software hoping to create a new consciousness in our perception of the built environment in relation to our movement. In our practice, we want to go as deep as possible in the mechanisms of technologies to propose alternatives methods of fabrications and inhabitations. The creation of art is made from the perpetual movement of the artist. The artist paints carve stacks and flashes materials and light. We try to understand those movements through mechanical systems and algorithms. We weave multiple materials and skills together, successively working like scientists, inventors, engineers, and artists. UEO ‘s recent project Instant Lounge explore the possibility of a democratic public space that can constantly change form as it reacts to its users. UEO’s ongoing project Infinite museum investigates the idea of ownership in art in the digital age using machine learning and augmented reality.
In 2019, Gabriel Munnich, Yaoyi Fan, Pablo Toubes-Rieger and Leslie Dougrou invented Instant Lounge. Instant Lounge is a site-specific room-size retractable 3D printer that makes temporary furniture in real-time. The project was exhibited at the Shenzhen Biennale in China in December 2019 and published by ArchDaily and SpringWise. In 2017 and 2018, Gabriel Munnich, Pablo Toubes-Rieger and Yaoyi Fan collaborated with Eiroa Architects to create a large-scale site specific 3d printer. It was exhibited at the Architecture Venice Biennale 2018 and at Bugaik International Exhibition in 2018. Personal works have been exhibited internationally in Barcelona, Santiago, China, and New York City. They have also been exhibited at the MoMa architecture exhibition on Yugoslavia in 2018. They have received numerous awards including the David Yurnall Award, Menschel Fellowship, and Peter Bruder. Gabriel Munnich and Yaoyi Fan have taught architecture internationally, at the Cooper Union in New York, at JiLin university in China and in Barcelona.