by Joseph Magliaro
Table of Contents is a multivalent design studio formed by Shu Hung and Joseph Magliaro in 2008. The studio develops projects situated between commercial and cultural contexts, with outcomes spanning environments, objects, graphics, and texts. With an approach that seeks to balance poetics with pragmatics, TOC attempts to honor Lee Ufan’s notion that “the highest level of expression is not to create something from nothing, but rather to nudge something that already exists so that the world shows up more vividly.” As of May 2016, TOC is based in New York.
The two components are not fixed by a joint; they simply overlap to form a supportive assemblage, remaining open to the possibility that either supplement or base can be altered or replaced as new materials. The Foundations series for Bloc Studios was designed by Joseph Magliaro of Table of Contents. Each piece is structured around the pairing of a stone base with a metal supplement/platform.