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Specific Objects Inc., was founded in 1997, in New York. We are an interdisciplinary, sustainably oriented design practice focused on delivering integrated design solutions that bring, art, product design and architectural services, together. We believe that design is a form of expertise that emerges through the synthesis of practice, research and collaboration.
  Rhett Russo
Rhett received his Masters of Architecture from Columbia University and he is an Associate Professor in Architecture at NJIT. Rhett’s work is inspired by the transmissive capacities of matter and the ecologies of form that are part of the natural world. This approach parallels his interest in alternative modes of craft and its role in the development of complexity within the discipline of architecture. Rhett has received numerous awards including the SOM Fellowship, the Van Alen Institute Dinkeloo Fellow at The American Academy in Rome, and the Young Architect’s Award from the Architectural League of New York. In 2009 he was awarded a research residency at the European Ceramic Workcenter. His work and writing have been published in Second Nature, Meander: Variegating Architecture, Matter: Material Processes in Architectural Production, 306090 and Metropolis magazine. Rhett was one of five invited architects and designers chosen from the United States to represent the East Coast in the 2010 Beijing Biennale. In 2011 Specific Objects, participated in an exhibition entitled, Suzhou Fast Forward, in Toronto Canada and Ambience 11, a smart textiles exhibition in Boras, Sweden.

Katrin Mueller-Russo
Katrin received her degree in Industrial Design from the Hochschule für Bildende Künste in Hamburg, Germany. She is a full time faculty member and the GID (Global Innovation Design) Coordinator at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. She had taught at Parsons, and is a lecturer at the graduate architecture program at PennDesign in Philadelphia since 2008, where she teaches a contemporary furniture design course. Katrin lectured in the US, in Japan and in Europe, and her design work has been exhibited and published internationally and her awards include the Ideas Competition Design Plus at the Frankfurt International Fair Ambiente for her hearing aid design. She has designed a fair booth for Hamilton watches as part of the Swatch environment in Basel, Switzerland; and a series of commemorative objects for the MoMA store to sell in conjunction with the PS1 Young Architects Program. She curated an exhibition on ecological products entitled ‘Glamorous Green’ for Material ConneXion. She has practiced as a design director with Hoberman Associates on transformable products; and with Ronnette Riley Architect as a project designer and material consultant on the interior of the first sustainable daycare center in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Her firm's work was selected as a finalist for the Newark Visitors Center competition in 2009. Katrin was awarded a residency at the European Ceramic Workcentre (.ekwc) in the Netherlands in 2011 where she completed her work on the T-Stool, which was featured by ekwc at Object Rotterdam in 2012. Katrin is currently researching and prototyping textile based applications for earthenware and furniture.
     
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