Susan Simpson designs cabinets, kiosks and sculptural objects that open in surprising ways to reveal various wonders.
These objects all invite interaction and close viewing.
Silver Lake Library Pods (in development)
A model for street library pods designed by Susan Simpson (a project currently in development ). These will be stand alone street libraries with book shelves and peephole scenes depicting a moment in the history of the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles. The design is inspired by phone booths and pre-cinematic viewing devices. This project was commissioned by the Silver Lake neighborhood council. Pods will be installed throughout the neighborhood in 2018.
Huntington Library Design Projects
Over the past few years I have lead three design projects for the Huntington Library, Art Galleries and Botanical Gardens.
Display Cases for Huntington Education Center
Two folding display cases designed for The Huntington's Education Center in 2015. These are portable units for the purpose of displaying student art work and ephemera related to the process.
Display cases with the first exhibit of student work.
Mobile display cases with the first student exhibit.
Change the World One Bus at A Time 2016
A multi-panel three dimensional map of the grounds created for the mobile display cases designed in 2015. The map was illustrated with children's drawings of Huntington artwork and gardens. It is part of a campaign to raise funds to provide transportation for field trips to The Huntington.
Detail from the Save the World One Bus at a Time display.
Detail from the Save the World One Bus at a Time display designed by Susan Simpson.
Second Campus Photomural
A 700ft photomural created with students from three high schools that partner with The Huntington. The students were all photographed holding photos that they took at the Huntington and in and around their neighborhoods. The mural stretched around the construction site for two years during the construction of the new Huntington facilities.
Augustine September Kiosk
Kiosk designed for Augustine September, 2014
Kiosk design and built around a pre-existing vendor kiosk in The Far East Plaza, Chinatown, Los Angeles. The kiosk included windows for viewing performance, display cases and peepshows.
Detail Augustine September Kiosk
Peephole for Augustine September Kiosk
The Infinite Library
A cabinet of dioramas and peepshows created by Susan Simpson, a public artwork commissioned by The City of Inglewood. The Infinite Library was installed in April of 2017 and is on permanent display at The Crenshaw Imperial Library.
Lilka -Toy Theater Cabinet
Toy theater design for The Last Act of Lilka Kadison, by Abbie Phillips and Directed by Dan Bonnell at the Falcon Theater in Los Angeles, in April 2014. Susan Simpson designed and built the toy theater as well as the shows that were performed inside of it. Included here are concept drawings, the cabinet and the images of the puppet show contained within.