Jacob Lemon
b. 1994
Brooklyn, NY

Jacob is an industrial designer interested in the intersection of design, architecture, society and politics. He explores new relationships between both the nostalgic and the emerging negotiations of people, objects, and space. His work is driven by large and wicked problems in hopes of producing new narratives.  

selected works ‘17-’20

Syrian Relief
Opioid Addiction
New Domestic Typology
On Value 
Future Medical
Buffy Sofa



Where does value come from?

On Value was commissioned by
and exhibited in 1of.design, 2018.

On Value presents three separate pieces all priced equally:

20 cubic inches of land, air, sunlight, and everything that enters the space.
Decontamination water plant, able to purify 12oz of water in 8 hours.
9 bottles of purified water.

On Value pulls in economic critique based on the difference in exchange value vs. use value. The use of land, the exchange of water, the use/exchange value of labor. At what stage is value assigned, and how is it being structured, and for whom?

Ultimately value is assigned at every level, the water desalinization plant uses land but makes the next step (water) useable making it exchangeable. Nothing is “worth” more than anything else because value is assigned as a system.