The Central Standard Office of Design philosophy hinges on an earnest belief that the dynamic forces that shape our physical environment are central influences to the design of our built environment. As designers, we give tactile form to the latent qualities of the matter that surrounds us. Our work employs physical forces {gravity, weight, pressure, temperature, weather patterns} and urban dynamics {crowds, human interaction, context/history} in an effort to elicit experiences that are as strange as they are familiar. Whether this process results in projects that take on forms and features reminiscent of the human body (figural objects) or adopt more elusive atmospheric qualities (difficult to define yet utterly visceral in their effects) we strive to design architectural spaces that provoke human interaction and pique the curiosity of the collective mass.

Our design process is driven both by the conceptualization of ideas and the making of objects & spaces that act as accomplice to those ideas. Rooted in this mode of production is the mating of friendly robots {digital fabrication technologies} with our own two hands in an effort to achieve a symbiotic relationship between the technical precision of machines and the nuance of craft.

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Central Standard Office of Design is led by Kelly Bair.

Bair's work has been exhibited in New York, Los Angeles, Toronto, Chicago, Detroit and Indianapolis. She is the recipient of numerous awards including First Place in the Luvo International Design Competition, Finalist in the Sukkah Arbor Competition, Finalist in the Moonfish Building Competition in Manchester England, and was the recipient of the Maxine Frankel Award for Research.

Bair has held Adjunct Faculty and Lecturer appointments at Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), UCLA, and Woodbury University. She is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago where she specializes in technology seminars and design studio at the undergraduate and graduate level.

to hear more, proposition us (for your next project), or just to say hello, please email us at hello@centralstandardoffice.com