urban threshold

Design Strategy

The folly is a sculptural and architectural piece that is both visually compelling and functionally ambiguous. In Architecture an eccentric often deliberately limited structure, erected to 'enhance' or humanise a romantic landscape. Follies were in vogue in England and France during the18th and 19th century. In Ireland during the great famine they were referred to as 'famine follies' often a means of creating work for unemployed artisans and laboring pesants; A political edifice to the notion that reward should come from labor. 

The contemporary folly is a reflection of its place and because of its temporality it expresses a moment in time Here, a journey is created through an urban threshold. It frames a picture of the city in relation to the sky and water. A subtle change occurs when passing through. On one end, One experiences this threshold as a gradual expansion. On the other end, One experiences a gradual compression. However, immediately, distractions are limited when one enters the space because of a narrowed perspective and their altered sense of space. 

One is located between fabricated walls that shift in profile. These faceted angles control the internal environment through exposure and enclosure. It provides limited shelter from prevailing winds where its angled profile also offers shading from sunlight. Because of this one experiences a mixture 
of emotions.

Socrates Sculpture Park is located on the surface of a former landfill site. This is an urban example of how a city inhabitant can become desensitized by synthetic landscapes. 

The folly through its form and medium aims to conceptually highlight this this urban metaphor as a ‘tectonic threshold.’ It may be experienced visually or by walking through. It frames views of the East River, urban fragments beyond the waters edge, and sky above. This idea manifests in the floor surface of the piece, which is punctuated by the parks turf and held together by a recessed grid of steel, (a replica of a city’s grid) that reflects the notion of a harmonious urban existence with nature. 

Photos above: Pressed metal, scaleable prototype. Stich / tigg welded to metal base. 

Design Team: 
Designer: Robert Morris 
Assistant: Jasmine Ibraham 



A series of stools manufactured from either reclaimed beams or live edge wood slabs contrasted with continuous pressed metal legs, complete with metal patina and mineral 
oil or wax finish for all wood surfaces. 

                                           3 stools  (approximate dimension: 25"x 14"x 12")

Above: Waterfall beam Stool; where wood grain is continuous along it's horizontal and vertical axis. the angle of the 'water fall' is less than perpendicular in order to enhance its ergonomic proportion with a minimal distortion to visual form. Exposed hardwood dowels are spliced thru the seat and are embedded within the  piece as structural support. 

Above: Pedestal stool with equally opposing (top & bottom) structural bracing members joining continuous bands of pressed metal supporting the natural live edge of maple slab (reclaimed storm debris)

Above: Waterfall beam Stool II. A second darker version of the of the original 'waterfall beam stool' with tapered and pressed metal legs.


NYC Loft in Progress

Work in progress update, a newly constructed loft space built to accommodate 
additional office space access to a newly constructed loft bedroom.

Green House Loft: Work in progress update. photos by: Robert Morris


Artist Loft. NYC.

rjmstudio was commissioned to design and build a custom loft that provides artist's studio work space in addition, providing access to mechanical areas within an existing residential loft building.


    guardrail balcony 
Design of the Loft platform embraces both structural and economic principals; a primary structural element composed of a coupled Douglas fir beam spanning just over twelve feet  and joined with exposed carriage bolts in a zig zag 'sewing' formation that provides rigidity.

The guardrail posts are claw like in appearance, they taper slightly to reflect a minimal distortion of scale with tempered glass framed top and bottom all Fabricated from local poplar wood and harmonized with natural finishes. 


    loft platform above kitchen 

    Loft access laddar 

    louvered portal & new closet space 

    stair and guardrail detail 

Design Team
Architecture: Robert Morris  
Engineering:  Amir Hariri

Installation & Fabrication Team: 
Robert Morris
John Rygg
Ben Simon 


Brooklyn Loft under Construction

Work in Progress: A newly added mezzanine space above kitchen will soon become a new studio office space, flooded with natural light and panoramic city views.

Voids III table/bench

A third version of the voids Table: is monolithic in material (reclaimed redwood) and has been reduced in composition with removal of glass to allow a functional shift between coffee table and bench.

Staggered Voids Bench.

Staggered Voids Bench / Coffee table is composed of reclaimed construction lumber and pressed steel plate legs, finished with a natural patina.

Voids are configured at specific intervals to allow light penetration
and cast staggered shadows below.


Head Camera

rjmstudio was commissioned to design and build a custom head mounted prototype for 'user perspective' motion shoots. The head camera platform  is designed using a standard american football helmut with reconfigured metal grill to accommodate camera with quick release mount incorporated.  The helmut Distributes a combined 4.5 Kg (10lbs) of SLR camera and counter weight attached at rear of helmut.  The camera positioned hands free at eye level facilitates the ability to shoot introspectively. It was recently used by Wealthy Pictures to film a sequence of motion shots for a short promo film: http://vimeo.com/33992240

voids table II

Voids table II is the second iteration using reclaimed and distressed NYC water tower doug fir / heart pine . its connections are significantly improved upon from the first rendition using mortise connections.


voids table

Voids table is a prototype piece coffee table composed from reclaimed NYC water tower redwood with its frame
and shelve supporting a linear glass top.


Tea Room and Roof Garden, Chelsea. NYC

The Chelsea Roof terrace and Tea Room is an urban Agriculture proposal. This proposal provides roof top access and urban Agriculture opportunities for the occupants of this Chelsea townhouse. The design would incorporate an automated plant feeding and monitoring system a rainwater water collection and storage system all passively controlled and powered using embedded solar panels located on the roof a new centrally located tea room. The design embraces sustainable principals and maintains a zero carbon footprint. It also increases the viability and provides a platform to conduct and sustain urban agriculture within Manhattan.


Solar Highway

The solar highway is an energy generating surface composed of solar cells
it is a 'new link' between rural and urban settlements.
The concept embraces a desire for low carbon output via the use of
'eletronic carriers' which would contribute towards a 'green' and organic environment.