Annie Coggan has a multidimensional practice that exists as artwork, interior design, writing and teaching. Her research investigates the relationship between storytelling and built form, with a particular interest in history, biography, and material culture. Reading history, visiting house museums, and making pilgrimages to historic sites result in a built manifestation: a chair, a room, a place, a textile. She develops artifacts from the research rather than assessing material culture for a historical observation. The work examines questions of economics, sensibility, and cultural values by using the process of stitching, embroidery, and needlework as a tool for empathy. The research provides the impetus for design decisions and offers a new take on history, identity, and values by embellishing the historic house or interior with contemporary design interventions and immersive experiences. Most recently, her textile work has mirrored that of 18th century school girls, and she has developed several series of textile samplers for the 21st century.
In addition to these formal and historical investigations, Coggan’s innate need to make things and think spatially has also led to her practice of “roommaking,” which is how she frames her interior design work. Roommaking derives from the belief that there are three layers of an interior: the wall layer or architectural layer, the furniture layer and the object layer. This framework establishes the depth of the project and enables her to compose rooms completely.
Annie Coggan is a designer, artist, educator and a principal at Coggan + Crawford Architecture and Design based in Brooklyn, NY. A native of Atlanta, Georgia, Coggan received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Bennington College in Vermont and her Master of Architecture from the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), Los Angeles CA. Her work has been exhibited at A D/B Project Space (Brooklyn), Gestarc Gallery (Brooklyn), Barbara Toll Fine Arts (Manhattan), the Textile Arts Center (Brooklyn), Mississippi CAAD Visual Arts Center, and more. She has curated exhibitions at TODA (New York) and Irondale Center for the Arts (Brooklyn), amongst others. She currently is on the faculty at Pratt Institute and The School of Visual Arts in New York City. She has been featured in Furniture A+D, Journal of Architectural Education, design*sponge and Remodelista. In 2010, she was an artist in residence at the Textile Arts Center in Brooklyn. She is a contributing editor for the literary magazine A Public Space, the book reviewer for the Center for Architecture’s Book Talk series.
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