San Fratello and Rael

San Fratello and Rael
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2002 - 

San Fratello and Rael are an Oakland-based design studio grounded in the discipline of architecture as the basis for creative production. Virginia San Fratello and Ronald Rael established their practice in 2002 following the attacks on the World Trade Center in 2001 to imagine alternative outcomes for architectural practice in a post 9/11 world. A primary focus of their work folds together indigenous and traditional craft and material practice, contemporary design technologies, and storytelling, as strategies to unravel the complexities of contemporary society. Both Rael and San Fratello come from extremely rural backgrounds. Rael was raised in a remote alpine valley on the border of southern Colorado and Northern New Mexico on a multi-generational ranch, and San Fratello in the forests and tobacco farms of the deep South. Humor, play, and hybridity are important aspects of the work, often layered with serious topics that span the themes of immigration, start-up companies, waste, homelessness, fashion, graphic design, and 3D printing. Their practice is closely tied to their commitment to public education in their roles as professors at the University of California Berkeley and San Jose State University.

Exhibitions

Solo Shows:

2021 Borderwall Teeter Totters (delayed due to COVID 19), MAAT Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology, Lisbon, Portugal, Dates TBD

2021 Borderwall As Architecture, SFMOMA, San Francisco, CA, Dates TBD

2021 The Wall/El Muro: What Is a Border Wall? (Delayed due to COVID 19) The National Building Museum, Washington DC

Selected Group Exhibitions:

2021 Designing Peace (delayed due to COVID 19), The Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, New York, NY, Dates TBD

2021 Beazley Design Awards, The Design Museum, London, United Kingdom, Opens October 21, 2020

2019 Nature By Design: Cochineal, The Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, New York, NY

2019 Collection: 1970s - Present, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY

2019 What is Radical Today: 40 Positions on Architecture, Royal Academy of Arts, London, United Kingdom

2019 East at Jerusalem Design Week, Hansen House, Jerusalem, Israel

2019 Sanctuary: Building a House Without Walls, The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine, New York, NY

2018 Sans Le Mains, The Bernadaud Foundation, Limoges, France

2018 The Senses: Design Beyond Vision, The Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, New York, NY

2018 Designed in California, SFMoMA, San Francisco, CA

2018 India and the World, CSMVS Museum, Mumbai, India

2018 The US Mexico Border: Place, Imagination and Possibility, 516 Arts, Albuquerque Museum, Albuquerque, NM

2017 The US Mexico Border: Place, Imagination and Possibility, Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles, CA

2017 Body, Object Enclosure, The Design Exchange, Toronto, Canada

2017 Insecurities: Tracing Displacement and Shelter, MoMA, New York City, NY, October 1-January 22,

2017 Drawing Codes, California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA

2016 Making a Difference / A Difference in Making, The Red Dot Design Museum, Essen, Germany

2016 Beautiful Users, Museum of Design Atlanta, Atlanta, GA

2016 A Tipping Point: Technology in Ceramics, Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, MN

2015 Materials Matter, Riverside Gallery, Cambridge, Canada

2015 3D Printing the Future, Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA), Atlanta, GA

2015 Making a Difference / A Difference in Making: Exploring the Added Value of 3D Printing, The Palace of Fine Arts, Brussels, Belgium

2015 3DXL—A Large Scale 3D Printing Exhibit, The Design Exchange, Toronto, Canada

2015 Data Clay: Digital Strategies For Parsing The Earth, Museum of Craft and Design, San Francisco, CA

2015 Beautiful Users, The Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, New York, NY

2014 Design and Violence, MoMA, New York, NY

2014 Burst Open, The Artisan Gallery, Brisbane, Australia

2014 New West Coast Design 2, The Museum of Craft and Design, San Francisco, CA

2014 Above Below: Stories from Our Changing Bay, The Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA

2013 Natural Discourse, The University of California Botanical Garden at Berkeley, Berkeley, CA

2012 WILD cards, California College of the Arts in San Francisco, CA

2012 Objects by Architects at MIT, The Keller Gallery at MIT, Boston, MA

2012 Media Architecture Biennale, Aarhus, Denmark

2012 Trazando La Linea, Centro Estatal de las Artes in Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico

2012 Makerfaire at the Tech, Tech Museum, San Jose, CA

2011 Life at the Speed of Rail: After Car Culture, Designing the New LA, CalTrans Headquarters, Los Angeles, CA

2011 Life at the Speed of Rail: Laying Tracks for Economic Development, The Museum of Contemporary Art, St. Louis, MO

2011 Life at the Speed of Rail: Better Transportation by Design, National Building Museum, Washington D.C.

2010 Sukkah City, Union Square, New York, Center for Architecture Center for Architecture, New York, NY.

2010 Earthscrapers, Wurster Gallery, Berkeley, CA

2010 Earthscrapers, Biennial of the Americas, Denver, CO

2010 Hyper Culture, Exit Art, New York, NY

2010 Night Garden, San Francisco AIA Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2010 Planter Brick, San Francisco AIA Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2009 Night Garden, DesCours, New Orleans, LA

2009 Out of Water: Innovative Technologies in Arid Climates, The LWR Project Gallery at the University of Toronto School of Architecture, Toronto, Canada

2009 Border Wall as Infrastructure, National Building Museum, Washington D.C.

2009 Rising Tides, San Francisco Ferry Terminal Building, San Francisco, CA

2009 Vertical Gardens, Exit Art, New York, NY

2009 Out of Water, Traveling Exhibition, Columbus, OH, AIA New York, Boston, MA, Tel Aviv, Israel, Rabat, Morocco

2008 Go Green! Creating Sustainable Design in the Desert Southwest, Hydro House, Tucson, AZ

2007 Hydro Wall, Gwangju Design Biennale, Gwangju, South Korea

2007 Hydro Wall, Index Award Exhibition, Copenhagen, Denmark

2007 Housing Genoa, Salone Satellite, Milan, Italy

2006 Hydro Wall, Greenbuild Expo, Denver, Colorado

2006 Hydro Wall, Environmental Tectonics Exhibit, the AA, London, United Kingdom

2006 DISH, ACADIA International Digital Design Conference, “Synthetic Landscapes”, Louisville, KY

2006 Hydro Wall, Chicago World's Fair, Chicago, IL

2006 Hydro Wall, ICFF, New York, NY

2006 Hydro Wall, Art Directors Club, New York, NY

2005 PRADA MARFA, Permanent Land Art installation, Valentine, TX

2005 CO-dependent Architecture, ACADIA International Digital Design Conference, Savannah, GA

2004 Hybrid Furniture, AIA - ACADIA International Digital Design Conference, Toronto, Canada

2003 Common Ground, Architecture League of New York, New York, NY

San Fratello and Rael

Available Works:

MUD Frontiers - Hearth
Lüp Carafe and Plate
Cup
Black Lüp Bowl and Lüp Plate
MUD Fronteirs - Construction
Bread Loaf Pot
MUD Frontiers - Beacon
Tagine
MUD Frontier - Pizzelle Stair
MUD Frontiers
Tajine
Bad Ombres
Dessert Bowl
Large Bowl
Lüp vase
Casa Covida
Bean Pot
MUD Fronteirs - Village