A throwback zine for the retrofuture, For the Time Being documents the spatial singularities of the Time Being Suite, distilling the mood, musing on cultural references, and celebrating expression and the creative process. Published by Chroma on the occasion of the project launch in summer 2021.Download the zine (pdf)
The Time Being Suite
An atmospheric mixtape, the Time Being Suite is speculative fiction for teens—a portal for becoming.
600 ft2 / 55 m2
Steelblue Rendering Artist
Teen life plays out in liminal space—the bedroom a refuge, but foreseeably temporary: a room for the time being. Teenagers, too, are time beings. Hyper-present in a multiverse of futures, they both are and will be.
Subversively sited in a 1960s San Francisco high-rise completed the same year the Telstar 1 rocketed into orbit, the Time Being Suite radiates a cool, retrofuturistic aesthetic, rejecting the parents’ minimalist sensibility. Each design detail is itself a satellite—placed intentionally, a mode for self-expression.
The Time Being Bedroom cuts a sharp yet sophisticated edge in tonal mint with shocks of neon red and gasps of turmeric. Bleached walnut accents temper turned metal, terrazzo, and concrete, with youthful outbursts of acrylic set off with unexpected custom textiles. A high-concept collision of what’s past and what’s possible, it’s the realm of teenage rebellion, resilience, and fearless exploration.
Ambient light casts an ethereal mood in the en suite Libertine Bathroom, as coolly tinted terrazzo articulates the space. Powder-coated metal playfully distorts the austerity of minimalist sculpture, torquing smoothly to define the shower and to form and edge the vanity. Elegant design details with vintage origins—a wooden vessel with Brazilian modernist influences, an asymmetrical midcentury-inspired mirror and sconce—refine the vulnerability of contemporary photography.