Clear Studios in Light

10/15/2016 12:15 am ET Updated Oct 23, 2016

On a mission with a vision, Clear Studios is an architecture and design collective focused on creating sincere spaces that honor their surroundings. Their mission is to create environments that connect humans to each-other and to the natural world.  Their projects activate all senses to encompass a full experience that expand our spheres of awareness. Clear Studios is comprised of three individuals, two educated in architecture & one in industrial design. The trio includes Mary Frisbee, Bachelor of Design in Architecture from the University of Florida 2011; Samuel Sutcliffe, Bachelor of Architecture from Pratt Institute 2012, & Steffi Min, Bachelor of Industrial Design from Pratt Institute 2011.

In early 2015, Clear Studios was founded during a three month architectural residency in Guatemala City. It was during this time that they designed and constructed their first Jewel Box Project. This project acts as a philosophical anchor of their approach to architecture and design.  Clear Studios sees the potential for architecture to be a healing act between human need and the enduring cycles of nature.

The very first Jewel Box
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The very first Jewel Box
The Jewel Box project, designed and built in 90 days during an architectural residency in Guatemala City.
Clear Studios
The Jewel Box project, designed and built in 90 days during an architectural residency in Guatemala City.

The trio explored for 6 months through South and Central America, connecting with the earth and learning how our human architecture relates to the natural world. They focused their time there living and learning from a variety of sustainable communities, seeing the different ways communities are structured both architecturally and socially.

In addition to their architectural studio, the trio has also founded Future Clear.  Future Clear is a production collective that creates platforms for gathering people with vast skills, ideas, and creative talents from all over the world.  The mission is to form one motivated unit that works and plays now, putting us closer to a brilliant, clear future.  In 2016 they produced two festivals : Equilibrio (El Salvador) and Liberty (Port Leyden, NY).  Future Clear allows an outlet for architectural expression on a more social, experimental scale, Creating spaces for people to reconsider how they interact with other humans, the natural environments, and themselves.

Equilbrio is a creative gathering, highlighting the skills, passions and creativity of everyone involved. Equilibrio creates
Anna-Alexia Basile
Equilbrio is a creative gathering, highlighting the skills, passions and creativity of everyone involved. Equilibrio creates a network: it is an event that extends beyond its timeframe. We are a larger community of friends, together on a small remote beach in the east of El Salvador to balance and focus on life’s polarities. We elevate each other, we leave feeling more ready than ever to tackle the things we face in day-to-day life. In a place where the land meets the sea, let us be through the darkest of nights to feel the sun; through the brightest of days to feel the moon.
Equilbrio closing ceremony, Playa El Esteron, El Salvador
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Equilbrio closing ceremony, Playa El Esteron, El Salvador
A sacred fire is kept burning throughout the entire gathering, here is the final burn.
Jason Henry
A sacred fire is kept burning throughout the entire gathering, here is the final burn.
Newly constructed Air Temple from 25 foot tall, local Eucalyptus trees, Playa El Esteron, El Salvador.
Clear Studios
Newly constructed Air Temple from 25 foot tall, local Eucalyptus trees, Playa El Esteron, El Salvador.
Pyramid
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Pyramid
LIBERTY Festival -The Pyramid 4th of July 2016
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LIBERTY Festival -The Pyramid 4th of July 2016

The Clear Studios team loves and holds high esteem for the one and only Rafael de Cardenas//Architecture at Large who lead’s as pioneer in their realm and is a dear mentor and friend.

Sounds/Vibes that inspire The Clear Studios team

Connect with Clear Studios at clearstudios.nyc & Future Clear futureclearproductions.com JEWEL BOX

Thanks for reading!

KYRIAKI xo

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