Mark Reigelman II Turns a Necessary Object into Something Beautiful

By: Meghan Young - Apr 27, 2016
References: markreigelman & contemporist
Mark Reigelman II was walking around the city of New York when he noticed something odd: big orange steam tubes over manholes designed to release steam. An eyesore, he decided it was his duty to improve its look -- or at least the look of one. Mark Reigelman II worked with local manufacturers, suppliers and craftspeople, including Master Carpenter Andrin Widmer, to build a miniature house in its stead.

Homey and endearing, Mark Reigelman II mini house releases the steam as a puff of smoke out of a chimney. Dubbed Smokers, it might look like it takes up significantly more space, but in a way it provides a healthy visual to ensure no one accidentally crashes into it.