Interview: Studio HOTmess in conversation with Rhiarna Dhaliwal

Studio HOTmess (Charlotte Moore + Maria Saeki) is a collaboration of two designers who have recently completed their MAs in Architecture at the Royal College of Art. Treading the borderline between spatial forms of art, architecture and product design, their practice uses site-specific research and material experiments to translate research into sensitive and social design outcomes that address the contemporary socio-bio-geophysical issues that humans and our natural environment currently face.

Studio HOTmess participated in exhibitions at San Mei Gallery (2020 & 2021), Dutch Design Week (2020), Leach 100 Raku Weekend (2020), London Design Festival with the V&A (2019), People’s Kitchen Day of Design (2019) and Palermo Manifesta Biennale (2018). Charlotte and Maria are currently commissioned by the White Gold Project to develop the Edible Hinterlands project.

In this presentation, Studio HOTmess discuss the Edible Hinterlands project in detail, focusing on the design and challenges they had to take in order to produce a façade that responds to the themes of non-extractive and slow architecture in real-world production economies.

Following this presentation, we enter into a conversation, reflecting on the role of architecture and locality in design, labour and agency of humans and non-humans.

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Rhiarna Dhaliwal is a British-Indian Architectural designer, researcher and educator whose work investigates environmental and political systems that affect the future of landscapes and ecosystems.

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