Nothing in architecture happens quickly. Designing a building takes ages, and actually building it longer still. That can frustrate architects, who have an almost compulsive need to design and create. Many of them turn to fields as diverse as filmmaking and boatbuilding to spur creativity, develop ideas, and hone skills. It helps that they’re already good at three-dimensional thinking and digital manipulation. “If you pull yourself away, it opens your mind to new things,” says Pilar Proffitt of Poesis, and architecture firm that also designs, ahem, architectural furniture.

Furniture

Architects love designing chairs, and the best of them have penned some classics. Marcel Breuer’s Wassilly, Le Corbusier’s LC2 Petit Modele, and Eero Saarinen’s Womb come to mind. And then there’s the late Zaha Hadid, whose liquid aesthetic resulted in gorgeous chairs. UltraStellar, her final collection for David Gill Gallery, seems to defy physics. Wood and plastic twist and flow in a single line throughout each piece.
 

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Architects love designing chairs, and the best of them have penned some classics. Marcel Breuer’s Wassilly, Le Corbusier’s LC2 Petit Modele, and Eero Saarinen’s Womb come to mind. And then there’s the late Zaha Hadid, whose liquid aesthetic resulted in gorgeous chairs. UltraStellar, her final collection for David Gill Gallery, seems to defy physics. Wood and plastic twist and flow in a single line throughout each piece.
 

Jewelry

Los Angeles architect Jenny Wu uses CNC milling and 3-D printing to create intricate jewelry fashioned from precious metals and composite materials. She draws inspiration from nature to create mesmerizing interlocking forms that resemble teardrops, insects, and fossils. Celebrities like Jessica Alba, Carrie Underwood, and Christina Aguilera have worn Wu’s work, which she likens to “architecture on the body.”

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Los Angeles architect Jenny Wu uses CNC milling and 3-D printing to create intricate jewelry fashioned from precious metals and composite materials. She draws inspiration from nature to create mesmerizing interlocking forms that resemble teardrops, insects, and fossils. Celebrities like Jessica Alba, Carrie Underwood, and Christina Aguilera have worn Wu’s work, which she likens to “architecture on the body.”

Film

Architects in Hollywood do more than design sets. They create entire digital worlds. Outfits like Factory 15 craft mind-warping visions of disintegrating cities and robots taking over a factory. Ben West is even quirkier. The stars of Fugu and Tako turn into sushi … and then things get really weird. In Other Half, the protagonist struggles with a torso and legs that each have distinct personalities.

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