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Inspired by the mid-century Case Study House experiments in American residential architecture, Jillian Mayer’s Glass Model Home is a conceptual living space for a post-physical world. With more of our work and practical matters executed in digital realms, what remains of physical life is freed from utilitarian obligations and can focus on aesthetic concerns. Mayer’s solution imagines free floating recycled fused glass and metal forms as minimally invasive portals to the digital, refracting light and data alike; abstract furniture supports the body while the mind is indefinitely virtual. Encased in a glass jewel box in public, the binaries of interior/exterior, public/private, and digital/physical are increasingly complicated by recursive layers of varying absorptive, diffusive, and transmitive properties determined by her material choices. 

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