Site & Senses: The Architecture of Aidlin Darling Design

Sonoma Valley, CA – The Sonoma Valley Museum of Art will dedicate its entire 5,000-square-foot exhibition space to the multi-sensory explorations that guide the design process at Aidlin Darling Design. The solo exhibition, the firm’s first, will feature material palettes, models, sketches, renderings, full-scale mock-ups and photographs and videos. The focal point of the exhibition is C-Chassis, a site-specific 55-foot-long installation piece. It is through the acts of looking, listening, smelling, touching, testing,and imagining, that museum visitors can gain an understanding of the important role the senses play in the work of this award-winning design firm.

“In our fast-paced world, says David Darling, we can have a tendency to ignore our environment – that’s why we often camp out on-site and spend days observing both tangible and intangible qualities of the site before we start to design. It is our hope that this exhibit prompts the public to realize how good, thoughtful design can not only awaken the senses, but re-connect us to place and to ourselves.”

“Aidlin Darling’s project-specific design approach reflects its philosophy of rigorous pre-design research, intensive collaboration and reverence for the site. This exhibition gives a rare insight into a very exciting group of talented designers,” said Kate Eilersten, SVMA Executive Director & Chief Curator.

Aidlin Darling Design, a San Francisco-based award-winning firm and recent recipient of the prestigious Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum’s 2013 National Design Award, is recognized for their emphasis on designing to appeal to all of the senses. Partners Joshua Aidlin, AIA, and David Darling, AIA, have cultivated a multi-disciplinary collaborative studio that acts as a creative hub for an extended network of like-minded artists, buildings, engineers, fabricators, and even chefs, in order to design and construct projects that meet their design criteria. Each project in the firm’s portfolio of private residences, restaurants, retail, and public spaces reflects a desire to uncover an inherent spirit of place and interpret constraints as catalysts for performative design. The individual character of each project emerges through poetic spatial relationships, material richness, and exacting detail.

Exhibition Opening

Event Details:


  • When: 

    Friday, December 20, 2013

  • Where: 

    Sonoma Valley Museum of Art
    551 Broadway
    Sonoma, CA

  • More information: 

    Event website.

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