From left: Snarkitecture's Ben Porto, Daniel Arsham and Alex Mustonen

Who is Alex from Snarkitecture giving his book to this Christmas?

Co-founder of the innovative NY design studio reveals his 2018 highs and lows and who’ll be getting a great gift

It’s been quite a year for Snarkitecture, the brilliant, hard-to-define New York art, architecture and design practice, co-founded by Alex Mustonen. In 2018, Mustonen, alongside fellow partners Daniel Arsham and Ben Porto, built a giant playground in Hong Kong, opened an immersive retrospective at the National Building Museum in Washington DC and celebrated Snarkitecture’s tenth anniversary by publishing their monograph with Phaidon.

And they're not slowing down in the New Year. In 2019 the practice plans to open a new permanent immersive exhibition space in NYC. Read on to hear what that’s going to be like, as well as what perked Alex Mustonen him up and got him down over the past 12 months.


The Beach by Snarkitecture, Washington DC, 2015
The Beach by Snarkitecture, Washington DC, 2015


What inspired you most this year? Being outdoors, especially in the forest. Between weekends upstate in the Catskills and traveling to some stunning places, spending time in the wilderness is relaxing and restorative.

What annoyed you most? People with a lack of empathy.

What was your personal highlight? Getting married!

What can we expect from you in 2019? Lots of new projects from Snarkitecture, both in the US and abroad. We're especially looking forward to Snark Park, a permanent venue in New York, opening in March, that will feature a rotating series of immersive and interactive Snarkitecture-designed installations. 

Who will you give your Phaidon book to for Xmas? We're saving a few copies here at the studio to gift to friends, colleagues and clients that visit. Seeing the creative process of the studio is an important part of understanding Snarkitecture, and our book acts as an important extension of that experience.



To see that creative process for yourself order a copy of Snarkitecture here.