Boira / Coombes:

Founded in 2005 by Zoe Coombes and David Boira, Cmmnwlth is an architecture, furniture, art and design studio based in Toronto. Harnessing a new fluidity enabled by machine languages, Cmmnwlth's interests are as material and emotional as they are technical. The studio has been commissioned by culture-driven clients such as Issey Miyake, Warp Records, and the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and currently produces designs for the new American furniture label- 'MatterMade'.

Working within the worlds of contemporary art and industrial furniture design, Cmmnwlth aims to produce work that embodies a sense of elegant desire through an engagement with both the newest of tools and the oldest of techniques.

Contact us:
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David Boira:
David's visual sensibility is influenced by that of his father, the Catalan painter, Francisco Boira. After gaining a foundation in Art at the Savannah College of Art and Design, David pursued an architectural degree and later went to work in the Barcelona office of Enric Miralles, one of the central figures of Catalan contemporary architecture. David's obsessions with precision and fluidity were greatly stimulated by his exposure to Catalan design history, and its visually-rich design traditions.

David holds a Bachelors Degree in Architecture from Florida International University and a Masters of Architecture (M.Arch.) from Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture. Upon graduation from Columbia, David was the recipient (along with Zoe) of Columbia's Honor Award for Excellence in Design.

Zoe Coombes:
Zoe earned her Masters of Architecture (M.Arch.) from Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture. Upon graduation, she was the recipient (along with David) of the Honor Award for Excellence in Design.

Zoe also holds a Bachelors degree with honors, in Philosophy and History from the University of King's College, Halifax. A desire to work with ideas within a more material medium lead her to study architecture first at the undergraduate level at Parsons School of Design, and later in the graduate school at Columbia University. A break between degrees was spent as a caretaker of the Villa van Doesburg in Meudon-val-Fleury, just outside Paris, giving her the chance to inhabit and intimately experience one of the pivotal sites of experimental, early Modernism.

Boira & Coombes: Following three years of graduate studies at Columbia University, Zoe and David studied in the automotive design department at Art Center in Pasadena, California a breeding ground for automotive design innovation. This exposure to a highly functionalist field within design, (one rife with new technologies as much as with contemporary problems) continues to influence Commonwealth's design agenda.

Select Exhibitions:

- ArchiLab 2013
FRAC Centre
September 14, 2013 - March 3rd, 2014.
Les Turbulences - Frac Centre
88 rue du Colombier entrance boulevard Rocheplatte
45000 Orléans

- No Frontier Group Show
Mondo Cane
Vernissage May 18th, 2012. 6pm to 9pm
Mondo Cane
174 Duane Street
TriBeCa, NYC

The Standard East Village
May 18th until May 21, 12pm to 7pm
The Standard Hotel East Village, NYC

- American Design in Paris
Vernissage January 6th, 2012.
Triode Gallery
Saint Germain des Pres.

- Truth in Form/Reason for Being.
Wright21,Volume Gallery
Vernissage September 29th, 2011.
1440 W Hubbard Chicago IL 60642

- New American MatterMade Collection no. 2.
Matter 405 Broome Street, NYC.

- 'MadeUp - an exhibition of Design Fictions' MadeUp
MDP Wind Tunnel Gallery. Los Angeles, CA. 1/2011

- The Business of Aura.
Elga Wimmer Gallery 526 West 26th St. NYC
Visit blog for additional details

- Cmmnwlth 2010 lighting collection for MatterMade
Available exclusively at Matter, New York.

- Kuwait Art Foundation Limited, 11/2008
Fragiles: Porcelain, Glass and Ceramics.
Curated by Die Gestalten Verlag.
Presented by: H.H. Majed J. Al Sabah.

- SIGGRAPH 2008. Los Angeles. 08/2008 Design and Computation exhibition 2008 Curated by Lira Nikolovska.

- DAM: Berlin. 05/2008
GeneratorX_2.0: Beyond the Screen. Berlin.
Produced by GeneratorX and Club Transmediale
Curated Marius Watz.

- Gallery311. Kortrijk, Belgium. 02/2008
Fragiles: Porcelain, Glass and Ceramics.
Curated by Die Gestalten Verlag.

- Design Miami/, 12/2007.
Fragiles: Porcelain, Glass and Ceramics.
Curated by Die Gestalten Verlag.

- London Design Festival. 09/2007
On/Off: and everything in between. Commonwealth vs. Build.
Curated by the Maxalot Gallery.

- Espeis Gallery, New York City. 06/2007
Tropism: Commonwealth vs. Joshua Davis.
Curated by the Maxalot Gallery.

- Espeis Gallery, New York City. 11/2006
Closer: Commonwealth vs. Kenzo Minami.
Curated by the Maxalot Gallery.

- Espeis Gallery, New York City. 06/2006
On/Off: and everything in between. Commonwealth vs. Build.
Curated by the Maxalot Gallery.


- Dieter Rams Roundtable Discussion
Phaidon | STORE 83 Wooster Street SoHo, NYC. August 10th, 2011 6:30 pm

- NEAR Conference: At the Intersection of Architecture, Nature, Technology
Pratt School of Architecture, March 24-25, 2011


Dirt from Glass Cages
Hosted by SVA MFA Design Criticism Dept.
Tuesday September 25th 2012. 6:00pm- 8pm
136 West 21 Street, 2nd Floor (between Sixth & Seventh Avenues)

(Post) Material Craft
Moderated by Jenna Sutella, hosted by WantedDesign.
Talk participants: Kivi Sotama, Zoe Coombes, and more.
Sunday May 20th 2012. 2:30pm- 4pm
269 11th Avenue (at 29th street)
At WantedDesign.

-Product Placement 4.2: Design Inspired by the Natural World. Hosted by RockwellGroup.
November 8th, 2011. Tuesday, Nov. 8, 6.30-8.30pm
Presentations begin promptly at 7pm.
Rockwell Group
5 Union Square West. 8th Floor
New York, NY 10003

- FIU School of Architecture. Miami, FL.
'In Lieu of Flowers'. October 20th, 2011.

- NJIT College of Architecture and Design. Newark, NJ.
'In Lieu of Flowers'. October 24th, 2011.

- The MoMA & Parsons School of Design. NYC, NY.
currated by Paola Antonelli (MoMA) Laetita Wolff (Futureflair) present
HEADSPACE 2010:: A symposium on scent as design. March 26th, 2010.

- IDSA.Pratt Institute Industrial Design. Brooklyn, NY
'It Smells Like We Like It". March 31st, 2010.

- SCI-Arc. Southern California Institute of Architecture. Los Angeles, CA
'Agnus Dei and the Dirt of Tomorrow'. March 17th, 2010.

- College of Design, University of Kentucky. Lexington, KY
'Decaying Organics'. Dec. 2nd, 2009.

- The School of Architecture, Northeastern University. Boston, MA
'Commonwealth: Vespers and Feasts'. Nov. 16th, 2009.

- Department of Architecture, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Puerto Rico: 'Cmmnwlth : A Dirty Requiem for Tomorrow'. October 29th, 2009.

- Design Indaba 2009. Cape Town, South Africa. 02/2009.

- AA DRL (Architectural Association, Design Research Lab).

Presenting to A. Andrasek's EmbodiedPatterns02. London, UK. 02/2009.

- IaaC. Institut Avancada de Arquitectura de Catalunya. Barcelona, Spain.
'Calorie Counting with Soft Materials'. 01/2009.

- Acadia'08: Silicone and Skin. Minneapolis, MN. 10/2008.

- SIGGRAPH 08. Panel on Craft and Digital Process. LosAngeles. 08/2008.

- LaN: LiveArchitecture Network. Summer Seminar Series. NYC. 07/2008

- OFFF festival. New York City. 11/2007

- PetchaKucha. New York City . 03/2007

Thanks to: Jorge Bernal, Siim Tuksam, Bika Sibila Rebek, Lindsey Cohen, Maja Ozvaldic, Samuel Johnson, Fabien Caperan, Sander de Clercq, Jordi Borras, Laure Jaffuel, Jean-Charles Tomas, Samuel Bernier Lavigne, Ronnie Parsons, Gil Akos, Dylan Baker Rice, Robert Mezquiti, Samuel Brisette, Robert Lee Bracket, Yi-Kuan Eddie Chou, Noah Sherburn, Noel Ocasio, and Julia Savastinuk, for their work in the past at Cmmnwlth.
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