Future Comforts – Felix Burrichter and Shawn Maximo


A conversation between PIN-UP editor Felix Burrichter and artist and architect Shawn Maximo in an installation by Shawn Maximo.

Comfort — unlike pleasure or joy — is defined through a negative: a state of freedom from pain, constraint, or inconvenience. Comfort may be considered a democratic right, and the insidious end game of post-industrial corporate society. Are all of the things we’ve become so accustomed to literally and figuratively padding our lives — particularly in architecture and design — simply short- term remedies for an ongoing contemporary malaise? Felix Burrichter of PIN–UP Magazine will discuss the comfort paradox with artist and architect Shawn Maximo.

The event is part of Stop making sense, it’s as good as it gets.: a program developed by Ludwig Engel and Joanna Kamm, derived from a close reading of Tom McCarthy’s novel Satin Island. The book deals with the impossibility to reach the present and the resulting inability to write the Great Report on our contemporary society. Following these thoughts, artists, writers, architects, theorists and scientists are invited to discuss their interpretations of time through different formats.

Shawn Maximo is an artist and architect working in sculpture, digital media, and design. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Applied Science from the University of British Columbia, and received a dual Master’s degree in Architecture and Engineering from Princeton University. His work has been featured in The New York Times, Zeit Magazin, PIN–UP and Interview magazines, and has been exhibited at the Vitra Design Museum, Swiss Institute, Kunsthalle Wien, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Perez Art Museum Miami, and the 9th Berlin Biennale in 2016.

Felix Burrichter is a German-born creative director, curator, writer, and editor based in New York. Originally trained as an architect in Paris and New York, in 2006 Felix founded the architecture and design magazine PIN–UP. In addition to publishing PIN–UP, Burrichter curates exhibitions (Haus der Kunst, Munich; The Swiss Institute, New York), edits design books, and consults on architecture, design, and publishing projects for various artists and design brands.

Future_Comforts_Low001_Shawn Maximo, The Interview (feat. Marco Maturo, Alessio Roscini), 2015