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The 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup tournament kicked off yesterday morning with a series of international football matches on the world’s grandest stage. The World Cup is arguably the highest-profile international sports tournament (with the exception of the Olympics), showcasing the “world’s game” on some of the finest pitches in the world. This years tournament is hosted by the two-time defending champions Germany, so Ballista Magazine’s Featured Firm for June 27th is appropriately German: J. Mayer H. Architects!
Headquartered in Berlin, J. Mayer H. Architects is a fantastic design office with extensive portfolio work in the fields of architecture, interiors, installations, product design, and furniture. J. Mayer H. balances their envelope-pushing forms and wild spatial experimentation with thoughtful and appropriate concepts, a balance rarely struck in the field of architectural practice. Their work, while visually striking, performs just as well when considered in a programmatic or technical sense. Aside from their menagerie of built/proposed work, J. Mayer H. is also doing some great experimental work with thermo-chromatic materials, as seen in the “Lie” and “Heat.Seat” projects. These dynamic projects contain materials with properties that change colors when introduced to heat sources, so it makes perfect sense that the materials would be applied to furniture pieces. We anticipate that these body heat images may be uncomfortable or awkward at times, but we applaud the innovation nonetheless!